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Ride through Tijuca National Park's rainforest in an open-top Jeep during this half-day trip from Rio. During guided eco-tour, hike through the forest to spot sloths, butterflies, monkeys, and birds. Enjoy panoramic views from Vista Chinesa (Chinese View) and marvel at the fact that this section of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) is just 10 minutes outside the city limits. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
Embark on a gentle trek through Tijuca National Park to Cachoeira dos Macacos (Waterfall of the Monkeys)
Take photos at Vista Chinesa, Emperor's Table, and Mayrink Chapel
Learn about the flora of the Mata Atlântica from your local guide
Roundtrip transport from selected Rio de Janeiro hotels included
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Experience the world's largest urban forest through an open-top Jeep ride and relaxed hike that afford close-up views of wild animals and plants. It's a family-friendly tour overflowing with photo opportunities!
Following pickup at your Rio hotel (pickup available for Downtown and South Zone hotels), meet your guide and climb into your open-top Jeep. Fasten your seatbelt and get started on the short drive to Tijuca National Park, just ten minutes' drive outside of Rio's city center.
On your drive, listen as your guide details the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem — part of the vast and protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers fourteen states in Brazil.
When you reach the forest, disembark for an easy, 15-30 minute hike on a gradual trail. Follow your guide to the crystal-clear cascade of Cachoeira dos Macacos and pass the picturesque waterfalls of Cascatinha.
During the Jeep tour, stop at Vista Chinesa for panoramic views of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Guanabara Bay. Look for sloths, monkeys, butterflies, and birds. Make stops at Mayrink Chapel and Emperor's Table.
When your 4-hour eco-adventure has come to a close, return to your Rio de Janeiro hotel for drop-off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This entire tour was amazing ! From beginning to end. Our Tour guide Gisele was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She loves Brazil and very passionate about her job. Very experienced driver, made us feel very comfortable. Thank you!
The view from the Chinese vista was one of the best views I have ever had, we even saw a family of wild monkeys. If you like hiking there is a short walk to a water fall, with nice cold water that you can paddle or swim in.
Our guide I think her name was Eva was brilliant, she made you feel as if she was a life long friend.
We had to travel back to Rio a different way that took us passed the maracana stadium and the guide and driver were good enough to stop and let us out there.
The Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro is an interesting ecological tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept checking to make sure everyone was satisfied. The only downside was there were 9 tourists cramped together on the jeep. With a more spacious jeep, the tour would be a "5."
Had a great time on this tour. Erica, our tour guide, was so energetic, friendly, and informative. She showed up on time. The Tijuca forest was beautiful. We enjoyed the waterfall and the views. DId not see much wildlife, but did see some funny monkeys. The group we were with on the tour was also fun. I would recommend this tour.
This review is more for what happened than for the trip itself. About the trip I can say that Tijuca Rain Forest is nice and is a good trip if you have a reliable and knowledgeable guide.
We were a party of 6. The trip in the forest was interesting and pleasant. This is the only good part. We had a guide that was a young lady from Chile, I think, without any knowledge about the forest. All what we asked was not properly answered due to lack of knowledge. We knew more about the plants than this lady. We met there another guide that was willing to explain us about what was there, and was interrupted by our guide because she was frustrated that we preferred to listen to this guy than to her.
I think that the biggest problem was with the local company that organized this tour. Having this guide without knowledge was pretty bed and turned out to be a horrible experience. On our way back on an open Jeep, we took pictures of the Copacabana beech. One of the tour members had a gold bracelet on his hand and was taking pictures. A guy on a bike was near our car, ripped the bracelet of his hand and ran away. I agree that in Rio this can happen, but with a "normal" guide this would never happened. I know that if one read the reviews everybody warns tourists about robbery. A reputable company should have warned us about this. Ofcourse that they do not take responsibility about anything, but GRAY LINE BRAZIL should have employed a guide that knew what can happen.
Our guided tour with a reputable company started after two days of this event, and the first thing what the guide was telling us was exactly about those kind of events.
When I complained to Viator what happened they declined to take responsibility, even though I booked the tour with them and they sent us to GRAY LINE BRAZIL to solve the problem. (their local provider) Of course this company did not take responsibility, but "as courtesy" they offered to refund the trip for one person if we provide a police report. It is known that in order to get a police report one have to spend more than 8 hours at a police station in Rio. Having 3 days in total there I don't think that this is normal, taking in consideration that the careless guide and the driver were witnesses and saw everything.
Conclusion: STAY AWAY of any trips organized by GRAY LINES BRAZIL and Viator should assume responsibility because we paid them. You can book the same trip with different companies.