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Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day tour of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Rainforest
  • Explore the huge variety of plants and flowers at the botanical garden, including more than 500 species of orchid
  • Enjoy a mild, 15-minute hike in the Tijuca Rainforest, the biggest urban forest in the world
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop off included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Experience the exotic wildlife and lush rainforest of Brazil, right on the city’s doorstep.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Jeep tour of Tijuca Rainforest
Eco hike
Botanical Garden Ticket
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip Transfer to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete, Barra da Tijuca, Santa Teresa and Downtown
* Please call the number on the voucher at least 24 hours in advance to reconfirm your selected activity. The pick up time at your hotel can differ by up to about 45 minutes from the above time, depending on your location. There are cases in which the provider will not be able to pick you up and so an alternative meeting point will be suggested at the time of your call
* The neighborhoods of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete are within the South Zone, and Santa Teresa and Centro, Downtown

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Following pickup from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, board your comfortable vehicle for the short trip to the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden.

Follow your guide through the world-famous botanical garden, which houses a variety of native and exotic plants from all over the globe. Walk though enormous redwood trees, ponds filled with water lilies and stately imperial palm trees. Enter the garden's greenhouse to admire over 500 different varieties of orchid.

As you stroll amongst the garden's many splashing fountains and interesting historical landmarks, listen for the calls of the local bird life.

Board your vehicle to travel to your next stop, the Tijuca Rainforest. This large, protected swath of rainforest is located just ten minutes outside the city center and is home to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Hop out of the vehicle for an easy hike through the forest, keeping a lookout for exotic birds and monkeys along the way. Listen as your guide talks about the preservation of the ecosystem and the history of the forest. Pass by landmarks like Açude da Solidão (Loneliness Dike), Capela Mayrink (Mayring Chapel) and Cascatinha de Taunay (Taunay Waterfall).

Depart the rainforest and make a brief stop to watch the hang gliders riding the waves at Pepino Beach, then return to your Rio hotel for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Botanical Garden
After pickup from your Rio hotel, your half-day tour begins at the historic Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. See a variety of exotic plants from all over the planet at this world-famous garden, which is home to water lilies, huge redwood trees, imperial palm trees and a famous greenhouse that houses more than 500 kinds of orchid. The garden also houses fountains, historical monuments and hundreds of birds.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parque Nacional da Tijuca
After your guide picks you up from your hotel in Rio, hop in an open Jeep and buckle up for a fun ride! Drive to the edge of the cityscape and enter Tijuca Forest, located just 10 minutes from the city center. You’ll hear about the important reforestation program of Tijuca National Park and learn the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem — part of the vast and protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers 14 states in Brazil.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cachoeira dos Primatas
See the beautiful waterfall during the hike
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vista Chinesa
Get a nice perspective from the Tijuca Rainforest. At Vista Chinesa (Chinese View), capture sweeping views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and even as far as Niteroi. The lookout was built between 1902 and 1906. The oriental-style pagoda is a reference in honor of the Chinese who brought tea cultivation to Brazil in the early 19th century. Made of bamboo and cement, and situated 380 meters above sea level, it is an important tourist spot in the city.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Emperor's Table
Enjoy the beautiful view of the city, as did the Royal family several times. It was at this table that Dom Pedro I, when he wanted a meal in the middle of one of the most beautiful views, would leave his residence at Quinta da Boa Vista and, with his cart, would head towards Estrada da Vista China. At an altitude of 487 meters above sea level, the Emperor's Table is set against stunning views of the city, counteracting urbanization and nature. Stairs surrounding the parapet of the area lead the tourist to the edge of a concrete ramp, making the tourist feel in the midst of a splendid setting.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Capela Mayrink
Take a short stop at this historical chapel. The little pink chapel in the middle of the woods, 460 meters above sea level, resembles a house of children's history. It was erected in 1860 by the Portuguese banker Viscount de Souto inside his farm, in Tijuca Forest. The Chapel is one of the attractions of Tijuca National Park. Adorn the altar reproductions of panels with holy images of Cândido Portinari. The gardens, as well as the Carrara marble and tiled patio tub with frowning spout, were designed by landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pepino Beach
On the way back to the hotel, we will stop at the Pepino Beach to watch the hang gliders.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat in case it’s hot
  • The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
  • Stay tuned to the neighborhood where your hotel is located. There are two pick up options available with different prices.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The neighborhoods of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete are within the South Zone, and Santa Teresa and Centro, Downtown
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rio Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "You need to be fit enough to walk in the heat." See review

Reviews

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Rainforrest trip
Helen_D
, Feb 2020
It was lovely to ride through the streets of rio and into the edge of the rainforrest. You need to be fit enough to walk in the heat. It was lovely pretty place in botanical gardens, and visited the chinese temple viewpoint and into tijuka rainforrest area incuding waterfalls. Did see some birds- vultures, parakeets and spider monkeys. The tour lasts around 4 hours.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Helen_D, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you had a lovely time with us! We hope to see you again in future visits! Thank you.
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Nice overview of the area and great...
Bob B
, Feb 2018
Nice overview of the area and great lookouts over the city.
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This tour was great! Our guide...
kku99
, Nov 2017
This tour was great! Our guide Marcello was terrific to say the least!!! He is very knowledgeable on so many subjects,,,,,,both in the Botanical Garden and the Rainforest EcoTour. Great driver too. .Fabulous day and I highly recommend this experience.
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It's a good trip but could do with...
John H
, Mar 2017
It's a good trip but could do with longer in the botanical gardens and definitely in the rainforest.
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Great tour of Rio wildlife and...
MARK A
, Aug 2016
Great tour of Rio wildlife and forest. Taken on the tour on an open top jeep which added to the tour. Recommend!
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I was just by myself during the...
Ronaldo H
, Aug 2016
I was just by myself during the tour. I need to walk going to the mountains because we can't find the driver. It was an adventure but I like my guide since he's very knowledgeable.
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First of all, we even didnt go to...
Dusan V
, Nov 2015
First of all, we even didnt go to the Tijuca Rainforest. I could have gone to the Botanical Garden by myself, is very central and the guide, even thought helpful, told us things about the trees, fruits, but nothing worth paying for this.
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Botanical gardens was beautiful and...
Shani H
, May 2015
Botanical gardens was beautiful and the rainforest was an amazing sight seeing, animal spotting opportunity. I would recommend that you take plenty of water due to the sun exposure in an open top jeep. Overall good tour however was not worth the money i could have done this myself a lot cheaper
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The botanical garden was amazing...
Dalal T
, Apr 2015
The botanical garden was amazing! And the rainforest was a bit less than what I expected but worth the vist ! I loved this tour! And they were right on time !
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Tour was scheduled for 8 AM. Hotel...
Joseph T. Z
, Jan 2015
Tour was scheduled for 8 AM. Hotel Concierge call local phone # and was told pick up would be 9 AM. Guide (Jeep Tours) didn't arrive until 9:30 AM. Tour was only 3 hrs including time stuck in traffic plus picking up and dropping off others at different hotels. Guide was very friendly.

Product code: 2484BOGARD

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