This amazing "Ode to the Brazilian People" created by Chilean artist Selaron is located in the center of Rio de Janiero. We were told that this neighborhood was a bit rough and that proved correct. Our hotel provided us with a driver who promptly locked the doors to the car as soon as we got out, but the experience was still worth it. Selaron was out sitting on the steps for a while and we talked with him a bit about his work, although his English was about as limited as my Spanish. He has a studio in his home which is located just off the stairs as well which showcases his interesting art. If you are in Rio de Janiero this is a must see. You got to pull away from the beaches and tourist spots to get a glimpse of real Rio in a Favela and see this one of a kind piece of art.
Visiting the Escadaria Selaron was a highlight of my travels in Rio de Janeiro and meeting the late artist behind the project is a memory I'll cherish forever. Plus it connects two of my favorite neighborhoods in Rio: Lapa and Santa Theresa!