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Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

4.9 / 5

63 reviews

Activity provider: Jungle Me

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

Activity provider: Jungle Me

From US$ 65.92 per person

Get to know the Tijuca Forest National Park by a small group hike on this amazing and challenging circuit visiting peaks with great views of Rio, caves, waterfalls, and ruins from old coffee farms.

About this activity

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off are provided from designated hotels and hostels in the South Zone area in the following neighborhoods: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Leme, Santa Teresa, Gloria, Catete, Flamengo, Praia de Botafogo. Please check with the local partner to see if this service is possible from your hotel/address. If pickup is not available from your hotel, a nearby meeting point will be provided instead.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Hike on a trail circuit reaching peaks with great views
  • Visit Cascatinha Taunay and another viewpoint in the Tijuca Forest National Park
  • Enjoy the company of a small group of maximum 6 people
  • Explore grottos and cool off with a waterfall shower after the hike
Full description

The tour takes you on a challenging hike, uphill and on rough terrain, through the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the biggest urban forests on the planet, on this off-the-beaten-track circuit of trails to discover the nature and beauty of the jungle, reaching the Taquara Hill (814m=2670ft). This peak is a 100m higher than the Christ Redeemer statue, and on clear days, you have 2 amazing views: one to the valley of the forest and another to the West part of Rio, its coastline and lagoons. After that, you will go to a deeper part of the jungle following a trail that is almost secret as it is very rare to see other people doing it. Within 1 hour of hiking up and downhill, you will reach the ruins of an old coffee farm and, with a bit more walking, you will reach a grotto and a cave in the middle of the rainforest. After this, you head to a waterfall where you can refresh yourself (bring a towel and bathing suit). The hike covers a total of approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) and will take around 5 hours. Go up and downhill with an elevation gain of 651 meters (2,135 feet). The trail circuit was designed by experts in the Tijuca Forest Park using tracks and sites that are not well-known or regularly visited, so you'll be hiking in a very unusual part of the forest. 

The scenery of this tour is amazing and it has a lot to offer as you are visiting sites that are not featured in most tours. On the way up, you will learn the history of Brazil, Rio, the Tijuca Forest, and everything about the coffee farms that used to occupy that area before the reforestation that happened in the 1800's.

Includes
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Insurance (you must provide passport number, birth date and full name of participants)
  • Transportation (designated hotels in the South Zone of Rio)
  • Food
  • Water and drinks
  • Transportation from outlying areas
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 14 years of age; people with a history of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or any illness/condition incompatible with difficult physical activities
  • Children with more than 14 years old are welcome if they enjoy hiking and nature and please also consider the tour is a full day (8 to 9h)
  • The tour requires a good level of fitness and is a challenging hike
  • Hike Details: duration 4 to 5 hours round-trip distance 9 km (5,6 miles). Elevation gain 651m (2135ft).
  • The operator of this tour reserves the right to refuse any participant that they believe are unable to endure this hike
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 63 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Book this tour! Riccardo was super friendly, patient, and incredibly knowledgable - to be honest, it was so nice to have someone so extremely knowledgable as a guide! (I enjoyed this tour so much that I ended up booking another tour with this company the next day and gladly had Riccardo again). We stopped to learn about the nature and the history during the hike. The views are magnificent. And especially because it’s a small group, you grow very close. I have nothing but good things to say about this tour. They are professional, especially with your safety! This is a really great way to explore the nature side of Rio, especially to fill up your whole day!

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November 28, 2022

Really very nice tour even if the weather was not the best. Thiago and Riccardo proved to be not only excellent guides, but also very kind and company. A nice adventure just outside Rio that I would definitely do again to see the flora and fauna that surrounds this area!

September 12, 2022

We spent a nice day in the jungle with Felipe, a nice and very professional guide. Paths, plants, animals and finally a swim in a beautiful natural waterfall. Highly recommended. Andrea and Roberta. Thanks to Felipe, source of information. We spent a beautiful day in the jungle with Felipe, a nice and professional guide. Footpaths, plants, animals and to finish we have done a bath in a beautiful natural waterfall. Highly recommended. A special thanks to Felipe, source of information.

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February 16, 2020

Product ID: 195674