Connecting Lapa with the higher situated Santa Teresa, the Escadaria Selarón (also called Selarón Steps or Selarón Stairs in English) is one of the most photographed places in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The artist Jorge Selarón started covering the steps in 1990 with colorful tiles he found in the trash. Over time, they became a tourist attraction. Seen from the top, the Escadaria Selarón looks like an ordinary, gritty staircase; it's only as you climb the stairs that the view becomes exciting and colorful. Cats can often be found on and near the Selarón Steps, making them even more scenic.
If you're interested in both cats and Brazil, you may also want to check out Purrball meets Burrball in Brazil. In this cute children's book, Purrball the cat loses his little owner, Darryl, during an earthquake in Brazil. He meets a sloth named Burrball who will help him reunite with the little boy. Anne Zoet's drawings of the cat and sloth are adorable. All children between ages three to nine will love this book.