Hotel Santa Teresa

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20241-260, Brazil
Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais & Chateaux
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 162% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by sebtar

Good day,

I will be in RIO for 4 days in december. I know it is very short so I absolutely do not want to waste my time! What are the best attractions I could visit? I am also willing to go for a day trip or two outside the city. Any itineray suggestion? What would be on your to do list? Thank you for helping me.


Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by yvr

Why don't you take a look at the Rio Travel Guide on this web site, you will gets lots of tips there.

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by AnaLuiza

It all depends on what you like to do. But try to go for a walk by the beach, watch the sunset in Ipanema drinking coconut water. Visit the Corcovado (big satue with wonderful view). Have lunch at one of the Churrascarias: traditional meat places "all you can eat", etc...
Leave your camera and watch in the hotel. Have fun!

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by sebtar

Good day

Thank you for your useful tips.

Do you have hotels to recommmand me in Rio (under 100$usd per night also in Lima, Cusco, Igazu, Santiago, and buenos aires)?

You mention leaving camera and watch at the hotel. Is security a big concern? Do you have other recommandation? are there areas to avoid? Should I look for an hotel (I am also open to apartment) in a specific neihbourhood?

Thank you again.


Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by cachaseiro

Ipanema is the neciest part of town to stay in as a tourist if you ask me.
Finding something within your budget might be a little hard though, but that should be doable in Copacabana and that part of town has become a lot safer the past 2-3 years.

Apart from seeing the world famous beaches i would also recommend a tour of the old part of Rio which is very scenic.

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by diana_renou

Hi!! in four days...walk along the beach..go to Ipanema beach and drink a bear in the famous bar where Vinicius de Moraes wrote "Garota de Ipanema"..go to Morro da Tijuca, Corcovado, Floresta de Tijuca..go to a rehearsal of a "escola do samba" before of Carnival.."Beija Flor", "Mangueira"..there are a lot of them in clubes of Rio. 4 days isn't a lot of time, but it is enough to have a look about the wonderful Rio de Janeiro. You won't regret to go there!! Diana

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by diana_renou

Hi, for this price I can recommend "Los Apus" hotel in Cusco, Perú. It is located in San Blas, very good location. Clean, safe, confortable. I was OK there. In Lima I was at Hotel Casa Andina Miraflores Centro: Av. Petit Thouars 5444, Miraflores. Very good hotel, good location, safe, clean and confortable. good breadfast.
I Iguazú I only had one experience in "hotel Latino", it is not a "great" hotel, but it is well located and cheap.

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by diana_renou

and in Rio de Janeiro I was in Atlantis is not a 5 star hotel, but is cheap and very good located. Just between Copacapaba and Ipanema beach. It is better to stay directly in Ipanema beach, but is very expensive there. Have a nice trip!! Diana

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by robine

As for a day trip out of Rio, I'd recommend the old Imperial summer capital, Petropolis, a little over an hour away by comfortable bus from the Rodoviaria.

Re: what to do in rio in only 4 days?

by Paulinho551

Excuse me, but if you think 4 days is a short period of time to visit a city, why do you plan to go outside for a day or two?

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Hidden Paradise - Joatinga Beach

by zemarquinho

Beside the must visits like Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lapa and Maracana, there is this tropical paradise like beach named Joatinga, right inside the Megapolis. It is the most safest and most hidden Beach of all in Rio de Janeiro. It is located inside the richest residencial area of Rio: Joá. You can get there only by car. The entrance into the condominio is open to the public.
More information about that place with a lot of pics you can find at:
Rio de Janeiro Photo Guide at the Rio de Janeiro Beaches category. Cold Draft Beer - choppe
Hiking the Tijuca Forest
Spending an evening at Lagoa
Shows of Lapa


by dvideira

Brazilian currency is the Real.
There are R$100, R$50, R$20, R$10, R$5, R$2 and R$1 bills ( as a matter of fact there are two types of R$ 10 bills )

In the 80's we had a plague of a galloping inflation, as in 50% a month. The currency changed names frequently, and trying to keep up to date was quite hard even for us.

Brazilians finally started to enjoy some economic stability in the 90's, with the creation of the real and we had a time when
the real was originally quoted US$1.
In 1999 the government stopped interfering in the exchange rate, and the real underwent a major devaluation.

This devaluation couldn't be better news for travelers visiting Brazil.

The current exchange rate is around US$1=R$3

General Weather patterns for major regionsJune-Nov

by racheljapi

This is officially the dry season in the Amazon, with October being the driest month. June and July are the months when the water level is at its highest, due to the quantity of rain that has fallen in the wet season. During these months it is possible to navigate through the flooded forests with a canoe to get a better view of the tops of the trees and the animal life that exists there. Temperatures in the dry season can rise to above 30°C (86°F).

Temperatures can be as cool as 10°C (50°F) in the winter and warm clothing is necessary, especially at night. The dry season is the nesting and breeding season. Hundreds and thousands of birds crowd the trees and the white sand river beaches are exposed with jacarés (crocodiles) basking in the sun.

Iguassu Falls
In the winter the average temperature is 15°C (59°F). During this season the water is much diminished, as are the birds and insects.

Fernando de Noronha
September to December is the dry season. October is the driest month, when rainfall will not be greater than 9mm (0.36 inch) in a 24 hour period.

July and August is officially the rainy season, when the temperature drops to around 26°C (79°F) and the rainfall is heavier than throughout other months. There are still many sunny days during these months and shorts and a t-shirt can always be worn. Although it is the rainy season in nearly the entire state, inland in the mountains this is the dry season.

Rio de Janeiro
Between June and August is the dry season in the state of Rio, with the rest of the year rainy to a greater or lesser degree. Although it is drier it is cooler than in the summer with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 32°C (72°F - 90°F). Remember that it also depends on that particular season.

Drink those juices!!

by Groentje

My goodness! I will never forget my first juice in Brasil. They are just so incredibly yummy! I tasted a lot of them, and only found one or two that I didn't like. They're not only very refreshing, they also give you an incredible boost of vitamins, and they're mighty healthy!
If ever I am rich, I'm starting up a Brazilian juice bar in Ghent!
It is actually fruit mixed, added with (sometimes) condensed milk. When you put a straw in it, it should stand up right. The bar I went to the most was called Sucomania, and I believe it's a chain. Some of the (sometimes 30) varieties tasted were maracuja (passion fruit), mango, coco nut, strawberry, ... Some were mixed with milk or ice as well and all were so very refreshing. Pick one; you'll see they're very good.
You cannot have left Brasil without having tasted one!
Here's a selection:
* Acai (so yummy! ice cold smoothy like with sometimes kind of corn flakes in them: very energetic!)
* Acerola (a bit like Looza Ace in Belgium - drink with vitamins A C and E)
* Abacaxi (my favourite: pineapple!)
* Melaõ (Melon)
* Maracuja (Passion Fruit)
* Morango (Strawberry)
* Tamarindo (brrr, I did not like this at all!)
* ...

Sample the Brasilian foods in a local restaurant.

by dabidc

The day was hot and the bus left us at Buzios around noon, so Rafael who knew his way around set off for the main street and it was there that we found this bright and cheerful eating establishment, just beckoning us to enter and sample the delicios food.

Then a stroll along the street a visit to a couple of shops then a chat to a freind and finally the transport to the beach. A dune buggy no less, Vroom Vroom. It had to be experienced.


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 Hotel Santa Teresa

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Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais And Chateaux

Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20241-260, Brazil