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Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro

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Tijuca Forest
Tijuca Forest
Tijuca Forest
Tijuca Forest

Tijuca is the largest urban rainforest on the planet. This natural beauty is the home to lots of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians that are accustomed to humans and make for some great animal-watching.

Aside from all that Tijuca has a lot more to offer. There are several hiking paths and places for picnics, refreshing waterfalls, and hills with astonishing views and activities like hang gliding or rock climbing.

Of course, there's also the Christ the Redeemer statue, an iconic symbol of Rio on Corcovado mountain. So take some comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and some snacks, and discover the lush green jungle right next to the concret​e jungle of Rio.

Practical info

What are the best hiking trails to explore in Tijuca Forest?

Explore Tijuca Forest, a place of many trails, with the famous Pico da Tijuca offering awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic coast and Rio. If you're short on time, the Taunay Waterfall trail will take you through the forest in no time. It's an easy walk, and the forest is enchanting! Show more

When is the best time to visit Tijuca Forest for wildlife spotting?

Witness Tijuca Forest's diverse wildlife by visiting during the dry season from May to October. During this time, active animals are more visible during the mornings and evenings. Visiting during the rainy season isn't recommended as hiking may become slippery and dangerous. Keep in mind that Tijuca is a natural habitat, so be mindful of disturbing the animals and their homes. Show more

How can I book a hang gliding or rock climbing adventure in Tijuca Forest?

Multiple tour operators and adventure companies offer hang gliding and rock climbing excursions in Tijuca Forest. Discover these options from various online platforms or by contacting hotels and tour operators. Choose a reliable and trustworthy organization as these activities are not recommended for everyone and are undertaken at your own risk. Show more

Where is the best spot to have a picnic in Tijuca Forest?

Enjoy Tijuca Forest's picnic spots with the Cascatinha Waterfall being a breathtaking spot. Witness views of the surrounding forest with the waterfall providing a refreshing coolness on a hot day. Benches, tables, and shade are available for visitors, making it perfect for family and friends. Littering is strictly prohibited; therefore, clean up after yourself to conserve nature. Show more

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