Guided tour

Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

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Activity provider: Rio Natural Ecotourism
Guided tour

Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

Activity provider: Rio Natural Ecotourism

From US$ 70 per person

Climb to the summit of Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Mountain on a combined 5-hour National Forest tour by car, followed by a trek to the top to stand 3,420 feet above sea level. Enjoy the most spectacular views of the mountains and coast of Rio.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in the south and central zones of Rio de Janeiro


  • Cross the Tijuca Forest by car
  • Climb to the summit of Tijuca Mountain for panoramic views of Rio
  • Stop at São Conrado for perfect postcard quality photos
  • Pause for breath at scenic viewpoints, such as Monkey's Waterfall
  • Cool down at Taunay Waterfalls
  • Look at the native bird and aquatic life of Tijuca at the Solitude Dam
Full description
At 3,420 feet (1,021 meters) above sea level, the summit of the Tijuca Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is the highest point of the Tijuca National Park. On this 5-hour tour, you will cross most of the urban forest by car, before hiking to the top of the mountain, ending with a climb up the 117-step stairway that was carved out of solid gneiss rock more than 100 years ago for a visiting European king. To reach the start of the trail you will cross almost all of Tijuca Forest by car, passing various waterfalls and scenic views to observe the city from a range of perspectives. Stop off in São Conrado for a picture postcard photo opportunity. You will also get the chance to visit the Taunay Waterfall, the highest cascade in the forest. At Solitude Dam, stop to watch the birds and fish. Then, hike past scenic viewpoints, such as Emperor’s Table, Chinese Viewpoint, and Monkey's Waterfall. At the summit of Tijuca, you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, providing the perfect opportunity to find your bearings in this complicated city!
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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Food and drinks
    • Hiking shoes
    • Water
    • Jacket

    Know before you go

    • Please note that the technical difficulty of the climb is graded easy to medium
    • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for hiking, and bring sun block
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    4.7 /5

    based on 17 reviews

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    Fantastic hike to the Tijuca peak. I highly recommend this activity to any visitors to Rio. We are over 60 and not very fit but the walk is managed well by the guide with rest/water breaks. The car takes you pretty high up and stops by some amazing waterfall and scenery views before you continue on foot to the top. Recommend carrying some water and snacks.

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    January 27, 2023

    We booked Sunday afternoon for Monday morning and everything went very well. Hugo picked us up at our hotel with his small car and accompanied us throughout this service. He guided us perfectly and showed us all the different species to see in the park as well as the different important points not to be missed. You just have to be in shape for the ascent of Tijuca because with the heat it is a little more complicated than in France (provide plenty of water). We really enjoyed our Hugo guide and highly recommend it.

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    November 6, 2019

    Unforgettable Hike Through Tijuca Forest

    Daniel took my girlfriend and I on a hike through Tijuca forest that ended with an amazing view of rio from all sides. He picked us up from our hotel, took us to the parks HQ, taught us about the park, and guided us along our hike. He speaks very good English and is knowledgeable about Tijuca forest. Couldn't have asked for a better guide

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    July 17, 2014

    Product ID: 41233