Centro - Shoppers paradise..not mine

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Centro shopping - old town

Centro -  A bargain shoppers paradise.

It’s not the Mall of America, but you can find almost anything in this shopping maze as long as it is not Gucci, Prada or Ralph Loren. Well, you can find knockoffs. This is where the locals shop for everything from clothes, toys, cooking goods, food, music, electronics, shoes, leather, and jewelry. To get here take a taxi to Rua Buenos Aires and from here you can explore the surrounding areas. Try some of the local foods. The empanadas and fresh fruit drinks are very good. As you walk through the crowded streets, look up. This is old Rio with ornate facia and iron rod balcony’s.

Centro  -  More upscale shopping.

Start at the plaza PRCX.

old rio
This is the old colonial plaza where the emperors and governors had lived. Facing away from the water and on the right hand side of the plaza you will see an archway. Through this archway is a great example of colonial RIO. Small narrow cobblestone streets with little shops. You come out on the other side on RUA (I forgot). Take a left and follow it for a couple blocks and you are in the middle of the Centro shopping district. Look for RUA Uruguania. Middle and upscale shops are all around. After shopping check out the Colombo tearoom. It’s a beautiful turn of the century tearoom in the middle of all the shopping.

Santa Theresa

From RUA Uruguania, go west to Corivca Plaza and through to the Teatro Municipal. You are now in an area called Candleria.

trolley in santa theresa
This is a recreation of a typical French Plaza. Standing in the middle of Rio, you would think you were in a plaza in Paris. Sit at one of the outdoor cafes and have a snack or drink. A few minute walk from here, behind the Petrobus building is the tram that will take you to Santa Theresa. Santa Theresa is on a hillside over looking Centro. This used to be the homes of the Europeans and they would take the tram down to Centro to work. The train is early 1900’s and is small. It holds about 25 people. For $.50, the tram will take you round trip to Santa Theresa. Artisans inhabit Santa Theresa. There are really only two areas to get off and have a look. Both have tram stops and you will notice because of the shops showing paintings, handcrafts, pictures, and carvings.

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Centro shopping - old town
Centro shopping - old town
old rio
old rio
trolley in santa theresa
trolley in santa theresa
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