• Great place!
  • Nice place!
  • Ok place.

Female opinion

Parque das Ruinas is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places in Rio. Mysterious ruins of an ancient mansion, magnificent views of the city, art exhibitions and theater performances inside the castle, live music and shows outside on the terrace. You can sit for hours in the outdoor cafeteria Cafe das Ruinas, observing the city, listening to a live band, and feeling like you are part of Rio's bohemian society.

Male opinion

The pearl of Santa Teresa neighborhood! The ruins of an old mansion on the highest peak of Santa Teresa, turned into an art gallery. This place is unknown even to many locals, yet is one of the coolest places to visit in Rio. Go there on Sundays to chill to the soothing rhythms of various Brazilian live bands, enjoy the stunning views of Centro, Lapa and Sugar Loaf, and grab a beer or coffee in the terrace bar. Feel the tranquility of the metropolis.

Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas is a public park and cultural center, located in Santa Teresa neighborhood. The park got its name after the ruins of an ancient mansion, former Palacete Murtinho Nobre. 

At the beginning of 20th century the palace belonged to Laurinda Santos Lobo, famous lady of Rio's high society and heir of a rich and powerful family. During the 1920s her house was a meeting point of Modernism in Rio de Janeiro, gathering the most prominent visitors at its parties.

After the death of Laurinda the palace was abandoned and partially destroyed. In 1990s the state government started the restauration and in 1997 Ruins Park was opened.

Tips for Parque das Ruinas

  • On most Sunday afternoons the park features live bands. The events have a cozy atmosphere and are usually free.
  • The park is normally closed on Mondays and open all other days from 8 am to 18. Check their Facebook page for confirmation.
  • The cellar of the ruins often features different photo and art expositions.
  • Right next to Parque das Ruínas is another attraction – Chácara do Céu museum, one more impressive mansion with a lush garden.

Parque das Ruinas safety

The park itself feels safe. The surrounding area, Santa Teresa, can be dangerous. Try to avoid empty streets. There were 2,7 robberies reported per day (jan-apr 2016). They can happen every time during the day, but be especially careful during the dark. For example, on Friday morning of 20.05.2016, three members of the Spanish Olympic team were robbed on a street next to Ruins park.

Quick facts

Type: park and cultural center
Touristic: a little bit
Minimal transport: metro + uphill walk
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Cost: free
Website: www.facebook.com/parquedasruinas
Other names: Parque das Ruínas, Parque das Ruinas, Ruins Park, Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas, CCM Parque das Ruínas
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How to get there

Address: Rua Murtinho Nobre, 169

Hood: Santa Teresa

From Ipanema, General Osorio: 
1. Take metro to Glória station.
2. Walk towards Centro and Lapa (the ocean will be at your right) along Rua da Glória + Rua da Lapa.
3. Turn left at Rua Teotônio Regadas (when you reach the main road).
4. Go all the way up on the colourful Selaron stairs.
5. At the top turn left and continue until the end of Ladeira de Santa Teresa.
6. Turn right and take the next street right again.
7. Follow the Murtinho Nobre street until you see the Ruins Park at your left.

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