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Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

1. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep and discover a tropical forest in a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the importance of the reforestation process of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Continue with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail to learn more about and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys, and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

2. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

Hike inside the urban rainforest of Rio de Janeiro and get back to nature in Tijuca National Park. Climb Pico da Tijuca for stunning views at the highest point in the forest at an altitude of 1,021 meters above sea level. Experience one of the most beautiful trails of Rio de Janeiro, starting at the entry gate to Tijuca National Park and travel through several sections before arrival at the summit. Discover the amazing waterfall of Cachoeira das Almas and get breathtaking views from the peak of Tijuca Mirim. See a legendary staircase carved into rock and more.

Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

3. Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

Visit a variety of lesser-known attractions in the Tijuca Forest National Park on the Tijuca Forest tour circuit. On a 6-km-long walk, hike along trails made in the 19th century, a period when this area was occupied by coffee plantations. Discover the history of the park, the world’s largest replanted urban forest. Along the circuit, visit the Cascatinha Taunay, the largest waterfall in the National Park, the Mayrink Chapel from 1850, the Cova da Onça Suspension Bridge, the Eucalyptus Forest which houses an old slave cemetery, and the Morcego’s Grotto, the largest gneiss cave in Brazil. Next, cool off at the Baronesa Cascade waterfall. Then, start the journey back to the starting point passing the former residence of Barão d’Escragnolle, one of the park’s managers in the past (now The Esquilos restaurant). Also see the Wallace Fountain, with a sculpture representing goodness, charity, sobriety and simplicity, a gift from the English philanthropist Richard Wallace to Brazil and produced inFrance in 1870. This circuit combines adventure, history, nature, a waterfall shower, among other things, passing through hidden spots and attractions that reveal the richness and personality of Rio de Janeiro and its tropical rainforest. Hike: MODERATE (6km=3.7mi) / 3h / elev. gain 354m (1,161ft) Requires good fitness to hike on rainforest rough terrain, up and downhill

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

4. Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

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.

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

5. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit the Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants and the wildlife.  After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit the Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. After the visit to the Christ, have a stop in Santa Teresa. This is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous colonial years. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selaron or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back in your hotel or hostel.

Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

6. Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

Discover the natural wonders of Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour that visits Tijuca Forest, Rio’s botanical garden, Cascatinha Taunay, and the Chinese Viewpoint, including round-trip transportation from your hotel. Walk along a trail and immerse yourself in all the nature of Rio. After pickup, your trip starts at the Chinese Viewpoint. At an altitude of 388 meters, admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, filled with mountains, forests, and the sea. In the distance, you can also see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Later, go on an adventure through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Be enchanted by the Cascatinha Taunay (waterfall) as you walk along a simple trail and learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora, and its fauna. Admire breathtaking panoramic views en route back to your hotel. Your tour ends at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, with a visit to the sensory garden. Finish off your trip by learning more about local and international flora at the gardens. Spot the redwood tree, from which the country received its name, and stroll among the bicentennial imperial palm trees as you walk to the orchidarium and the bromeliad greenhouse.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca National Park EcoTour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca National Park EcoTour

Tijuca’s National Park is a Brazilian conservation unit for the integral protection of nature, listed by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. It is the most visited park in Brazil and is located in the central portion of Rio. As it does not have a continuous territory, it is integrated into the urban area of the city. The Tijuca Forest is part of Rio's history and has many curiosities. It mixes in a fascinating way with the city and the Carioca’s lifestyle. It is one of the greatest Eco spots of Rio, covered by Atlantic Rainforest with beautiful flora and fauna and many waterfalls, rivers and lakes, caves, and mountains. In this classic Eco Tour, we will visit the most important points of the Forest Sector, hiking through the beautiful and forested streets and trails of the National Park, with options from easy to moderate levels.

Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

8. Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

Discover the Tijuca Forest, an important recreational area for hiking and other mountain activities, and home to the Pico da Tijuca and the Bico do Papagaio mountains. Enjoy a tour of the most visited and beautiful attractions in the park with round-trip transportation from downtown Rio included.  First, choose to get picked up from your hotel in the tourist center of Rio de Janeiro by selecting the relevant option upon checkout. Alternatively, make your own way to the meeting point in the city center. Then, set off towards Tijuca Forest. When you arrive, start the walk towards the entrance gate of the Tijuca Park Sector A. Go through several segments of the Atlantic Forest. Then, visit one of the main waterfalls in the park, Cascatinha Taunay, for a photo stop.  Next, follow a light trail to the visitor center and Tijuca National Park Museum. Once you've explored the museum, continue to the Cachoeira das Almas waterfall, where bathing is allowed. Find out about how the name means Waterfall of Souls, to do with the slave cultural traditions that once took place there. After that, stop at the visitor's center before heading towards Capela Mayrink Chapel which has replicas of famous painters such as Portinari. Make your last stop at the largest dam of the Tijuca Forest, the Açude da Solidão. Finally, return to downtown Rio de Janeiro where your tour concludes.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

9. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

10. Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

Travel to the west part of Rio de Janeiro, an area that remains untouched, yet is abundant with nature. Following the coastline, you'll pass by Reserva Beach and Lagoa de Marapendi, before stopping at Roncador viewpoint, that offers a great view to the Sleeping Giant. In this park, see a project where biologists treat animals to put them back to nature. Then we'll head to Prainha, a charming small beach considered the best surf spot in Rio where you'll hike for about 1.5 hours (roundtrip) and reach Caeté summit. From this summit, you will see an amazing view of the coast and the other mountains of Rio and, with a bit of imagination, the legendary 'sleeping giant'. From Prainha, drive for 5 more minutes to Grumari, your last stop where you'll stay and enjoy the beach for about 3 hours. The area is also protected and you'll be able to enjoy an amazing and paradisiac tropical beach, white sands, green mountains and clear blue waters. Hike: EASY (2,8km=1.8mi) / 1,5h / elev. gain 190m (624ft) Fitness is required to hike on rough terrain, up and downhill

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Overall, it was a smooth and excellent experience with our guide, Alex Hike: the hike itself was moderate difficulty. The two viewpoints on top were excellent with amazing views of the city. We had an excellent spot for a snack to take in the views and enjoy. During the entire trek, we didn’t see a single other person and some parts of the path were quite untouched resulting in a great experience Guide: our guide Alex was extremely friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. He was very respectful and gave us a lot of insights on not just the flora and fauna but also into the history of Rio. He even gave us excellent food recommendations during our ride back. Overall, an excellent experience and highly recommended

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!

Roberto is the best guide ever!!!! Passionate about his work and country , he knows everything about the forest and you will enjoy this tour a lot!!! Thanks again to Roberto, we will always remember this experience just thanks to you!!!

Great tour. Lucia and Marcelo were excellent. Great adventure, great knowledge, thoroughly satisfying.

Super activité avec de très belles vues à. Le guide parle plusieurs langues !