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Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)
Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)

Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca)

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4,774 Reviews
Free admission
Estrada da Cascatinha 850, Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janiero

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.

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Pico da Tijuca Hiking Tour in Tijuca Forest National Park
Pico da Tijuca Hiking Tour in Tijuca Forest National Park
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$49.08 per adult
Traveler Favorite
love it!!
This is one of my favorite hiking trail. Eduardo was my guide and he was amazing, knowledgeable, pointing out animals, points of interest, and lots of photos. He made this hike at eased and rememberable. Thank you Nattrip for amazing experience and wonder guide!!
Rattana, Jan 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

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Beautiful hike and waterfalls
Kaivan_R, Sep 2021
Horto Waterfalls Circuit Adventure Tour in Tijuca National Park
Beautiful nature walk and waterfall. Better to walk with a guide as some of the hiking was steep and requires climbing on slippery surfaces.
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Best part of my entire vacation
aoosifalujo, Mar 2021
Horto Waterfalls Circuit Adventure Tour in Tijuca National Park
Seriously. Do it! Booking this tour was the best decision my cheap ass ever made. The guide was truly amazing and showed me all the best view points. He took photos for me, and tested me to go beyond my comfort zone so I would have the best adventure possible. He also translated for me and gave me other tips on things to do and see while in Rio which was a nice plus. Very personable and no problem at all communicating. We're buddies now in fact and I'll definitely be hitting him up next time I'm there. A+++
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Hiking and Rappelling Adventure at Tijuca Forest National Park
ve0n, Nov 2019
Hiking and Rappelling Adventure at Tijuca Forest National Park
It was a misty and rainy day but the guide made me feel safe and at ease. I was a bit scared for the repelling part as I have never done it before, but the guide was with me every step of the way and made me feel at ease. I must commend Guilherme for being so knowledgeable about nature and dedicated to his work. He made the experience worth while. Keep up the good work
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Beautiful waterfalls & Pools to submerge Within
Michael, Feb 2020
Horto Waterfalls Circuit Adventure Tour in Tijuca National Park
The guide was very kind. The group was very small, only me and one other person and the waterfalls were beautiful.
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waterfall
gerfitz77, Jan 2020
Horto Waterfalls Circuit Adventure Tour in Tijuca National Park
Diogo was very informative about the forest trail, a 3 hour trek with some stunning scenery and pointed out the different plant, bird a d wildlife in tijuca forest. I'd highly recommend the waterfall for a cool shower, diogo is very knowledgable and passionate about nature and this showed on a 5 star tour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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