Av. Mem de Sá - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be careful in the area surrounding the Arcos da Lapa, and don't take cameras here at night. Lapa is not the safest area in Rio, and pickpockets are rife.
Built in the 1750, the iconic Arcos Da Lapa (or 'Lapa Arches') were historically used to ship water from the hills to downtown Rio. Today, the rattling yellow Santa Teresa bonde (tram) clatters over the arches before climbing up the steep cobbled streets. After dark, hordes of locals and foreign visitors gather beneath the Arcos da Lapa to meet, mingle and sample the delicious fruit cocktails offered by the many street vendors.