London, United Kingdom
May 13, 2005
This stairway links the Rua Joaquim Silva in Lapa to the Rua Pinto Martins in Santa Teresa. It took us a while to find it, but when we finally did, it was worth it.
Two-hundred and fifteen steps are covered with ceramic mosaics in green, yellow, and blue (the colours of the Brazilian flag) with mirrors and tiles. This decorative and incredibly beautiful stairway was originally created as a tribute to the Brazilian people by the Chilean-born artist Selaron.
If you're feeling energetic, climb all the way to the top - we definitely didn't make it past the first plateau, preferring to strut, pose, and make like hip-hop stars for a few minutes.
From journal Carnival in Rio de Janeiro