Santa Teresa: Hilltop Charm

By Felicity Clarke, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - With its stunning views, colonial era mansions, thriving cultural scene and small town feel incongruous with its city center location, Santa Teresa is one of Rio's oldest and most charming areas. Sitting atop the hill overlooking Centro and Lapa on one side and Botafogo bay on the other, Santa Teresa is antique Rio with a creative character.

The neighborhood grew around the convent of the same name in the eighteenth century. During the following century the area was one of the first parts of the city to be developed and . . .

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