Teles Arch (Arco do Teles) Tours
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Telles Arch, or Arco do Teles, is a colonial gateway and quasi time portal to 19th century Rio. Leading from open Praca Quinze to narrow Travessa do Comércio, the arch is a funnel from modern day Rio to the charm of its old town past. While arches were originally common in Rio, all have either succumbed to decay or have been replaced by modern development. Telles Arch is all that remains of the city’s colonial arches, and the pedestrian alleyway it frames today is lined with bars, restaurants and cafés that make you question if you’re still in Brazil or wandering down European cobbles. Stop in for happy hour after a day of touring the city’s historical district, and stay for an evening of revelry, merriment, and the arch illuminated at night. Though the arch itself only requires a couple of minutes for viewing, it’s the way the colonial past is fused with modern city charm that makes this a favorite photo op and stop when touring downtown.
While the area can be somewhat dangerous after dark, the bars and restaurants are generally considered safe for visiting travelers. Taxis are the preferred mode of transport after dark, though the square is also accessible by bus as well as the city metro.
Address: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, Brazil
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Teles Arch (Arco do Teles)
Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Visit Rio's highlights and landmarks on foot during a small-group sightseeing tour. Ride the subway downtown and follow your 'carioca' (Rio native) guide on a walk that includes Rio's most important historical and cultural sites. Visit National Museum of Fine Arts, Theatro Municipal, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio, Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência and several other important landmarks.
Delve deeper into the modern culture of Rio de Janeiro during a tour that reveals the hidden gems of downtown Rio. You’ll escape the crowds of Copacabana and focus instead on the relics of the Rio Olympics, which come in the form of the Olympic Boulevard, the Olympic Cauldron, and the Museum of Tomorrow. Plus, exploring on foot means you’ll get a more intimate glimpse into the area than you would in a coach or a car.
We take you on a journey through time. If you enjoy history and culture, this is the perfect tour for you. In this half-day tour, we will visit the Cinelandia Square, a place surrounded by the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Municipality Chamber of Rio. We will also visit the Praça XV, a place surrounded by the Palácio Tiradentes, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, the Paço Imperial and Arco dos Teles. We will go through the Arco dos Teles to go to the CCBB and reach the Mosteiro de São Bento.
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What's the best way to experience Teles Arch (Arco do Teles)?
The best ways to experience Teles Arch (Arco do Teles) are:
- Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio
- Rio Walking & Historical Tour
- Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & Historical Rio
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