- stairway between Joaquim Silva in Lapa & Pinto Martins in Santa Teresa
Lonely Planet review for Escadaria Selarón
An ever-expanding installation, the Escadaria Selarón, leading up from Rua Joaquim Silva, became a work of art when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón decided to cover the steps with colorful mosaics. A dedication to the Brazilian people, the 215 steps are a vivid riot of color. In the morning, you can often find him at work, and he welcomes visitors to bring tiles from other countries, which he’ll then add to the Lapa landscape.