Some basic facts about the stairs: 215 steps, work started in 1990 and was a life-work for the artist who found dead on mosaic staircase on 10th of January 2013. No verdict has been given on the cause of death but friends said they had feared he would kill himself because he felt betrayed. Photographs showed that passersby have already lit candles near the body as a mark of respect for the much loved artist, who went from obscurity to fame but never left the gritty neighborhood that is at the heart of the city’s Samba culture.
I have stayed in Santa Terasa which is connected to the Lapa area by these stairs. I was paying attention when I go late in the evening if there are not much people around. When you see the police up or down it was secure. When you are up hundreds of meters from the starting level usually less people were around. It was also a challenge to find your balance up while you are drunk. Nevertheless it was nice exercise during my trip.
- 72 Hours in Rio – More City Hiking, Steps and Nature (encounterbrazil.com)
- Rio’s Selaron Steps (paperchasersblog.com)