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Visit the Best Spots in Tijuca Forest - Hike to Caves & Fall

1. Visit the Best Spots in Tijuca Forest - Hike to Caves & Fall

Feel the vibe of the must-see Tijuca Forest in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, a city world-famous for its stunning views and landscapes. Explore the best spots of the largest urban forest in the world on this 5 hours guided tour, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels or flats in Rio's City Center, Barra or South Zone. The tour includes an experienced guide who will take you to the best spots in the park such as the biggest waterfall (Cascatinha Taunay) and the Vista Chinesa viewpoint. Along the way, you will also learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area, as well as the park's various conservation efforts. The tour typically lasts about five hours, and is a great way to explore one of the most beautiful and diverse areas of the city. Hike to a delightful secret cave and falls and at the end make a stop at São Conrado Beach to see the hang gliding and paragliding landing spot. Throughout your tour, we try to spot some of the local wildlife. On most days, you can see some animals like: small mammals, birds, insects and snakes.

Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

2. Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

You'll start with a short briefing from some of the world's most experienced tandem pilots where you will learn about the take-off procedure and other important aspects of paragliding. Then, take off with your pilot over the edge of the mountain to paraglide smoothly through the tropical air. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility only possible with non-motorized, open-air flight. After enjoying the beautiful views over Rio de Janeiro, you'll land smoothly on São Conrado Beach. You'll also receive the exclusive pictures and videos taken during your adventure to share with your family and friends at home.

Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

3. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

4. Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Benefit from pickup from your hotel, meet at São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor (depending on option selected). After a comprehensive safety briefing from your instructor, take off from Pedra Bonita Ramp inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the biggest urban forests in Brazil.  Once off the ground, observe the spectacular natural landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Take in sights such as Rio’s famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Spot natural landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Guanabara Bay, and much more. Your flight finishes with a smooth landing on the beach of São Conrado. The whole adventure can be captured in video and photos from GoPro cameras attached to the paraglider or hang gliding

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

5. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit the Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants and the wildlife.  After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit the Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. After the visit to the Christ, have a stop in Santa Teresa. This is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous colonial years. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selaron or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back in your hotel or hostel.

Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding or Paragliding Flight

6. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding or Paragliding Flight

Experience the thrill of hanging gliding and paragliding flights in Rio while seeing the unique landscape of the city. The flights take off from Pedra Bonita Ramp, a privileged spot in the Tijuca Forest. You will see the best views of the coastal islands, the forest, Pedra da Gavea, the Rocinha favela (one of the world’s biggest slums), Morro Dois Irmãos, and more. At the end of this thrilling experience, land at Pepino Beach, and cool down with some fresh coconut water at the kiosks. Fly with the best pilots, who have over 20 years of tandem flight experience, are certified by the Brazilian Hang Gliding Association, and have high-quality equipment.

Hiking to Tijuca Peak - The Highest Summit in Tijuca Forest

7. Hiking to Tijuca Peak - The Highest Summit in Tijuca Forest

At 3,420 feet (1,021 meters) above sea level, the summit of the Tijuca Peak in Rio de Janeiro is the highest point of the Tijuca National Park and the highest in Rio's central área. On this 5-hour tour, you will cross most of the urban forest by car, before hiking to the top of the mountain, ending with a climb up the 117-step stairway that was carved out of solid gneiss rock more than 100 years ago for a visiting European king. To reach the start of the trail you will cross almost all of the national park by car, passing various waterfalls and scenic views to observe the city from a range of perspectives. Stop off in São Conrado beach for a picture postcard photo opportunity. You will also get the chance to visit the Taunay Waterfall, the highest cascade in the forest. Then, the drive back past scenic viewpoints, such as Emperor’s Table, Chinese Viewpoint and few Waterfalls. At the summit of Tijuca, you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, providing the perfect opportunity to find your bearings in this complicated city!

Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

8. Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

Pedra Bonita is one of the highest mountains in the city and is located in the Tijuca National Park. Its position is privileged, between the south zone and the region of Barra da Tijuca. The 4 hour tour provides a light and pleasant experience, full of beautiful scenery and great opportunities for lovely photos. Start by meeting at your hotel, then head towards the National Park to start the walk. The trail through the Atlantic forest does not require a great physical effort or a high level of technique by the participant. Arriving at the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view of the beaches, forest and the other mountains of the city, especially the Gávea Rock, just in front. The top of Pedra Bonita has a large space where you can feel free to explore and enjoy the place. You will also have the opportunity to visit the free flight ramp and observe flight departures. The experience is fun and interesting. On the return you can see the beach of São Conrado and its beautiful landscapes, it is there also where the hang gliders and those paragliding land. Take this opportunity to go for a swim at the beach. The Bonita stone is a great option for those who want to enjoy the nature of the city and see beautiful viewpoints without great physical effort.

Pedra da Gávea, incredible hiking and view of Rio de Janeiro

9. Pedra da Gávea, incredible hiking and view of Rio de Janeiro

If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro or live in the Marvelous City, as this beautiful metropolis is also known, there are certain places you need to know: Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain and Pedra da Gávea In addition to be considered one of the postcards, beautiful, Rio de Janeiro, Pedra da Gávea is the largest monolithic (geological structure consisting of a single and robust rock) by the sea in the world and also one of the biggest mountains in the world. If it´s not enough to attract people's attention there are mysteries that make Pedra da Gávea the most mystical trail in Brazil. Pedra da Gávea is the most spectacular and imposing rock formation in the city of Rio de Janeiro and Xperiencer is your ideal partner for this journey, even if you don`t have any experience in hiking or climbing but want a challenge, meet new people, walk the paths related to the countless mysteries related to this famous place or just admire the most beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro such as: Sugar Loaf. Christ the Redeemer The beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca. Mountains of Serra dos Órgãos. The main range of the state of Rio de Janeiro, “Serra do Mar”. Xperiencer will provide a guide and all the necessary safety equipment to make this moment an unforgettable experience, always respecting your rhythm and limits, but we can guarantee that when you reach the top you will understand why the city of Rio de Janeiro is also known as the Wonderful City. We believe that leisure represents a powerful instrument to strengthen family relationships and for this reason our team develops a personalized work to serve children and promote unforgettable experiences for the whole family. information: Location: Barra da Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro – R.J. Altitude: 844 meters high. Landscape difficulty: Moderate/difficult Trail Length: 3.6 km. Duration of the walk: 2 and 4 hours Meeting point: Bar and Restaurant Camacha or your hosting location (only with transport service). Meeting time: 7:30 a.m. Tour time: Between 6 hours and 8 hours. # 30 minutes of tolerance. Hiking duration (one way): From 2 to 3 hours. Tour duration: From 6 hour to 8 hours. What is included: Guide / driver. Professional photography. Rappelling and climbing instructor specialized in vertical activities. Personal accident insurance. Personal protective equipment. Additional services: Bilingual guide to be arranged. Additional Professional Photo Pack. Private transport. Drone. If you want to do tourism, relieve the stress, practice sports (walking, trekking, horseback riding, rafting, rappel, paragliding, cannoying, climbing or zipline), observe the beauty of mother nature, overcome your limits, meet people, go on a boat trip, enjoy incredible moments with friends or enjoy your free time with your family, Xperiencer is your ideal partner on this journey. Our team is committed to develop itineraries suggested by our customers. Come and be an Xperiencer. ............

Private Helicopter tour - Rio de janeiro in 20min

10. Private Helicopter tour - Rio de janeiro in 20min

Helicopter Flight - Basic tour (15-20 minutes) Experience the best of your life by soaring over the marvelous city and discovering Rio de Janeiro's main attractions in under 20 minutes, all from a privileged angle. Departure Location: Jacarepaguá Airport - Barra da Tijuca Hangar 37, Street E - Emar Important: Make sure to check if the chosen option includes pick-up and drop-off services. Tour itinerary: • Praias da Barra da Tijuca • Joá e Pedra da Gávea • São Conrado, Leblon e Ipanema• • Cristo redentor Notes: All points flown over will be sighted from the allowed distance, with the main highlight of the tour being Christ the Redeemer, where the helicopter will make one or two complete rounds. To conduct the tour, it's necessary for weather conditions to be safe and favorable at the scheduled time. There might be a route change in case of unfavorable wind or visibility conditions.

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What people are saying about Sao Conrado Beach

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4.6 / 5

based on 768 reviews

Fantastic tour of the rainforest, we booked late the night before due to a mistake booking another tour on our part and we we're put on the tour in the morning without a problem. The tour itself was lovely, even with a bit of rain we saw a few bits of wildlife including monkeys. I didn't catch the name of our tour guide but he was incredible, we had multiple languages on our tour and he was talking to everyone about everything in their languages! And we also had a man in a wheelchair on the jeep with us, although he didn't get to come down the trails with us he was still able to see alot which was lovely to see :)

Bruno was awesome and the the whole tour was timed very well! Everything went incredibly smooth with no issues. I got to experience so much of Rio thanks to this tour. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Easy booking via their site. Prompt replies to confirm my reservation. Very professional and friendly staff. Would book with them again without a doubt.

Great tour. Lucia and Marcelo were excellent. Great adventure, great knowledge, thoroughly satisfying.

well organised tour and very well versed and friendly guide...highly recommended