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Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca) Tours

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Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)
Prior to the 19th century, Rio de Janeiro was surrounded by Atlantic rain forest. Today, all that remains is the 13-square-mile (33-square-kilometer) jungle known as Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca). Studded with tropical trees knotted together by jungle vines, the world’s largest urban forest is home to ocelots, howler monkeys, more than 300 bird species, waterfalls, and one of Rio’s iconic landmarks, the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue standing atop Corcovado Mountain.

The Basics
Popular among hikers and nature lovers, this UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes 3 million visitors each year. While many make a beeline for Corcovado, the park’s offerings extend well beyond the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Options include hiking up Pico da Tijuca (Rio’s second-highest peak), exploring the forest by bike or Jeep tour, hang gliding from Pedra Bonita, rock climbing, and walking the well-marked trails to the caves and waterfalls that dot the Tijuca rain forest. Choose a guided small-group driving or hiking tour to fully experience the park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The national park is a must-visit for adventure travelers and nature lovers in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The park is free to enter, but Christ the Redeemer requires an admission ticket.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Remember to bring water and insect repellant, especially if you plan to hike.

How to Get to Tijuca National Park
With no public transportation within the park, one of the most convenient ways to experience it is on a guided tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Those who prefer to visit independently can arrive by car or catch a bus or taxi to the park entrance.

When to Get There
Tijuca National Park is open daily, with extended hours in summer. Hiking conditions are best during the summer dry season (November to February). June, July, and October experience the most rain, which can make hiking a challenge without proper gear.

What to See at Tijuca National Park
Taunay Waterfall is one of the park’s most popular sights, and just beyond it sits Mayrink Chapel with painted panels by Brazilian artist Candido Portinari. Dona Marta affords some of the best views on the way up Corcovado Mountain, while the Vista Chinesa (Chinese View) viewpoint honors the 19th-century Chinese immigrants who arrived to start tea plantations.


Address: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
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Full-Day: Rio City TourHalf-day Tours

Full-Day: Rio City Tour

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Discover Rio’s highlights on this sightseeing tour of the city. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Rio and take off in a minibus to explore the city's landmarks. Stop at Tijuca National Park to see some wildlife before heading to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Explore the neighborhood of Santa Teresa before ending the tour at Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy the sunset or head back to your hotel.
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Private Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron StepsBus Tours

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Private Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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Explore the most important sights in Rio with one of our exceptional guides in this ideal tour for first-time visitors, in a comfortable 7 to 8 hours time frame. Not too long, not too short! Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. And then you will fall in love with Santa Teresa, the most charming, bucholic neighborhood in Rio, where you will find the old yellow tram and amazing restaurants.Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters), from where you'll enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, you'll get personalized attention from your private guide and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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Private Mountaineering to Gávea Stone - Tijuca National Park - by OIR AventuraNature and Wildlife

Private Mountaineering to Gávea Stone - Tijuca National Park - by OIR Aventura

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The most famous mountain in the city, but the most difficult one that gave you a view of the city and the beaches like no other view. Also known to be the largest monolith by the sea in the world with 844 meters of haltitude.
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Tijuca Forest Hiking Tour including WaterfallsHiking

Tijuca Forest Hiking Tour including Waterfalls

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Hike through the Tijuca Forest on this half-day morning tour that includes visits to two cascades: Taunay Waterfall and Cachoeira das Almas (Waterfall of the Souls). Follow an expert guide along an easy path while you learn about the regional flora and fauna, and visit the Tijuca National Park Museum. Upgrade to venture with your own personal guide on a private tour that includes round-trip hotel transport.
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Tijuca National Park Hike and Waterfall RappellingHiking

Tijuca National Park Hike and Waterfall Rappelling

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Trek through Tijuca National Park and rappel down a waterfall with local hiking guide during an eco-adventure in Rio. Hike through the world's largest urban rainforest, learning about its history, plant and animal life through commentary from your guide. Reach Horto Falls, located on a defunct coffee farm. Using the provided equipment, rappel down the falls into a natural well. Keep an eye out for local wildlife native to the Carioca Mountain Range.
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Half-Day Jeep Tour of Tijuca ForestFull-day Tours

Half-Day Jeep Tour of Tijuca Forest

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Explore the lush rainforest and rugged terrain of Tijuca Forest on a 4-hour, small-group Jeep tour from Rio de Janeiro that includes round-trip hotel transfer from Rio’s South Zone. Get sweeping views of the city from Vista Chinesa, see a scenic waterfall, and visit the park’s museum and visitor center, while enjoying Rio de Janeiro’s natural side.
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Tijuca Forest Half-Day Hike (small group or private)Hiking

Tijuca Forest Half-Day Hike (small group or private)

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Hike through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca National Park on this half-day guided tour. Visit the popular Pedra Bonita summit and take in the views of Rio de Janeiro below. Discover some of the park’s flora and fauna including toucans, monkey, and quatis, as you listen to facts about the park from your informative guide.
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Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep TourHiking

Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour

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Explore Brazil's diverse plant life on this tour of the Tijuca Rainforest and the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. During this 4-hour activity, visit the city's botanical garden to view a variety of exotic and native plants. Ride in a jeep through the Tijuca Rainforest, stopping for a leisurely hike with picturesque views and chances to see local wildlife. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep TourNature and Wildlife

Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour

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Our Jeep ride through the city of Rio de Janeiro will take you visit two sites of great natural beauty and cultural interest, besides being a trip of fun and full of adrenaline. The excursion TIJUCA RAINFOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN - JEEP TOUR, begins with a visit to the Botanical Garden, one of the most beautiful and best preserved green areas of the city. Then we will go to the National Park of Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, being able to enjoy panoramic viewpoints along the way.
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Tijuca National Park & Botanic Garden Guided Tour, Admission & TransferNature and Wildlife

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Tijuca National Park & Botanic Garden Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer

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Explore the world's largest urban rainforest, Tijuca National Park, during this 3-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro. With a nature guide, discover the swaths of verdant foliage and abundance of local wildlife within the confines of this vibrant city. A bio-diverse hot spot, the fragile ecosystem is home to several waterfalls and many endangered species. Enjoy views of Pedra da Gávea and the Christ the Redeemer statue and stop at the Emperor's Table and the Chinese View. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Hiking and Rappelling Adventure at Tijuca Forest National ParkHiking

Hiking and Rappelling Adventure at Tijuca Forest National Park

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Rappel from Bico do Papagaio on this guided hike in the Tijuca Forest and be treated to views of Rio de Janeiro. A specialist guide provides climbing equipment and support while you descend 65 feet (20 meters) from the summit. You’ll have the unforgettable opportunity to refresh under Cachoeira das Almas (Waterfall of the Souls) and visit the Tijuca National Park Museum. Upgrade to venture with your own personal guide on a private tour that includes round-trip hotel transport.
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Tijuca Peak Hike in Rio de JaneiroHiking

Tijuca Peak Hike in Rio de Janeiro

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Trek through Tijuca National Park to the summit of Tijuca Peak with a local hiking guide during a 5-hour tour from Rio. Hike through the world's largest urban rainforest, learning about its history, plant and animal life on the way through commentary from your guide. Ascend 117 steps, built years ago for a European king's visit, to reach the peak at 3,350 feet(1,021 meters). Enjoy panoramic views of Rio spread out below and enjoy feeling miles away from the urban hustle and bustle.
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Private Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer Tour

Enjoy the ability to travel at your own pace and the attention of a dedicated guide on this private tour of the Tijuca Forest and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Additionally, get views from Vista Chinesa, visit the Taunay waterfall in the Tijuca Forest, learn about the history of the statue while taking in views from Corcovado. Round-trip private transportation from Rio hotels included.
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Botanical Garden. Tijuca Forest and Parque Lage: Small Group - 5 hoursNature and Wildlife

Botanical Garden. Tijuca Forest and Parque Lage: Small Group - 5 hours

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What do you think of taking a walk and contemplating nature all the time? The Botanical Gardens, Parque Lage and Floresta da Tijuca are three tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that will make you feel far from a big city. It will be a total immersion in nature to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Atlantic Forest. You can see monkeys, toucans and other birds in the Rio region. It's a great ride to do with your partner or with a group of friends. You will have the opportunity to take light walks in the middle of nature providing a well-being and discovering unusual places. For your greater comfort we do boarding and disembarkation in your hotel. Come and enjoy with our group!
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Private Tijuca Forest and Tree Canopy TourHiking

Private Tijuca Forest and Tree Canopy Tour

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Tijuca Forest is huge and it can be hard to find your way if you’re traveling there alone. Combine this Tijuca Forest tour and tree canopy ride from Rio, and take a hike with a guide through the rain forest to see its most beautiful sights without getting lost. Plus, you’ll go through a fun course up in the trees that has 36 obstacles, including swinging bridges, ziplines, and tunnels.
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Visit the Best of Rio in One DayDay Trips

Visit the Best of Rio in One Day

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Only visiting for a short time? Live the carioca way for a full day. This tour is the best way to experience the best of Rio! Sugarloaf, Corcovado, Tijuca Forest, Santa Teresa, and the Historic Center.
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Natural Highlights of RioNature and Wildlife

Natural Highlights of Rio

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Known throughout the world for its natural beauties, Rio de Janeiro offers countless places to be in direct contact with nature. Few places in the world have the privilege of integrating such a natural richness into a single territory. In this tour we will visit some of these places, forests, lagoons, gardens, beaches, waterfalls, sea, mountain, to surprise us with its beauties and escape a bit of urban life, making the most of these charms that the city offers. Let's tour together these beautiful places, so you can take the best memories of the great natural heritage of Rio de Janeiro.. The tour also includes free pick up at the south area hotels in Rio. You will be accompanied with a Tourism guide that will indicate the best options and give suggestions so that your trip be truly wonderful!
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Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron StepsFull-day Tours

Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps

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See Rio's most important sights, including Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, during this comprehensive 5-hour guided tour. Visit Sao Conrado beach, a popular landing spot for hang gliders taking off from Pedra Bonita, to watch the gravity-defying adventurers soar high above the beach. Travel through Tijuca National Park's rainforest to the Christ the Redeemer statue, enjoying spectacular views over the city. Descend into the Santa Teresa neighborhood to visit the Escadaria Selaron and have lunch (own expense). Choose to return to your hotel or be dropped off at Sugar Loaf Mountain to view the sunset.
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Full Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron Staircase, Maracanã Full-day Tours

Full Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron Staircase, Maracanã

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Pass by Copacabana Beach, the exclusive and trendy Ipanema Beach beach, and Guanabara Palace. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras for views on the way up to Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Ascend to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, then eat lunch before visits to Maracanã Stadium, the Lapa Arches, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day TourBus Tours

Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

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Take a comprehensive tour of Rio's top landmarks on this small-group excursion. Summit Corcovado Mountain to admire the Christ the Redeemer Statue, then continue on to the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (if option selected). Enjoy informative commentary and personalized attention from your guide on this small group tour, limited to 15 people. Round-trip hotel transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Christ Redeemer Skip the Line By Train, Maracanã with Lunch and Sugar LoafFull-day Tours

Christ Redeemer Skip the Line By Train, Maracanã with Lunch and Sugar Loaf

Three of the most famous sights in Rio de Janeiro are at your fingertips on this day-long tour. Get to the world-famous Christ Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain via Skip The Line Train tickets and ride the cable cars overlooking Guanabara Bay from Sugar Loaf Mountain! Majestic views await you in Rio. You will also enjoy a quick stop in front of the world famous Maracanã Soccer Stadium and have a delightful Barbecue lunch. Listen to the story of Brazil since its discovery, all the way to the coming of the Portuguese Royal Family, Rio’s independence and the proclamation of the republic and learn all about the local’s lifestyle.
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio Day Trips

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
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Skip The Line to Christ Redeemer By Train with Maracanã Stadium

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Visit Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue in the afternoon during this 4-hour tour. Ride the cog train up the steep mountainside through the Tijuca Rainforest, disembarking at the top to panoramic views of Rio. Spend time admiring the iconic statue and snapping photos of the surrounding scenery. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Rio Shore Excursion: Skip The Line to Christ Redeemer by Train Half-Day TourHalf-day Tours

Rio Shore Excursion: Skip The Line to Christ Redeemer by Train Half-Day Tour

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While your cruise ship is in port, visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on the top of Corcovado Mountain during this half-day tour of Rio de Janeiro. Reach the top of Corcovado Mountain by cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, an urban forest located just 10 minutes outside the center of Rio, allowing you time to see Rio's most famous sight and still explore on your own.
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  • 5 hours
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