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Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

1. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep and discover a tropical forest in a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the importance of the reforestation process of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Continue with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail to learn more about and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys, and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

Experience the diverse nature of Rio de Janeiro up close. Begin your tour at the Botanical Garden and visit the Sensory Garden. See the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake and floating giant water lilies. Walk through the bicentenary imperial palm trees as you go to the Orchidarium and Bromeliad house.   Then, climb up to the Vista Chinesa gazebo and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with mountains, forests, and ocean at 388 meters (about 1,273 feet) above sea level. In the distance, you can also clearly make out Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.   Next, go on an adventure through Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Gaze up at the Taunay Waterfall and follow a simple trail as you learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora and fauna.   Once back in the vehicle, pass by the famous São Conrado beach to observe the hang gliders and paragliders. Take in breathtaking panoramic views on route back to the hotel.

Rio: Tijuca National Park Caves and Waterfall Hiking Tour

3. Rio: Tijuca National Park Caves and Waterfall Hiking Tour

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: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

4. 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.

Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

5. Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

On this 5-hour tour you will discover the beautiful Tijuca National Park and admire magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro as you enjoy hiking your way to some of the highest peaks in the area. An easy trail takes the group to one of the most stunning summits of Rio de Janeiro with a 1-hour walk. From the top of Pedra Bonita at 696 meters (2,283 feet) and through a unique angle you will see the famous and majestic Pedra da Gavea, one of the highest monoliths (844 meters/2,769 feet) in the world that ends directly in the ocean. Stop at another viewpoint in the park along the way. The trail goes through the Atlantic Rainforest inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forests in the world. On the way up, discover the history of Rio de Janeiro and Tijuca Forest, and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, its golden years, and the reforestation that took place in the 19th century. The tour also drives you from the South Zone to the Tijuca Mountains. Hike: EASY (3,5km=2.2mi) / 2h / elev. gain 203m (667ft) Fitness is required to hike on rainforest rough terrain, up and downhill.

Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

6. Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

Discover the natural wonders of Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour that visits Tijuca Forest, Rio’s botanical garden, Cascatinha Taunay, and the Chinese Viewpoint, including round-trip transportation from your hotel. Walk along a trail and immerse yourself in all the nature of Rio. After pickup, your trip starts at the Chinese Viewpoint. At an altitude of 388 meters, admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, filled with mountains, forests, and the sea. In the distance, you can also see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Later, go on an adventure through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Be enchanted by the Cascatinha Taunay (waterfall) as you walk along a simple trail and learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora, and its fauna. Admire breathtaking panoramic views en route back to your hotel. Your tour ends at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, with a visit to the sensory garden. Finish off your trip by learning more about local and international flora at the gardens. Spot the redwood tree, from which the country received its name, and stroll among the bicentennial imperial palm trees as you walk to the orchidarium and the bromeliad greenhouse.

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!

Private Rio´s Hidden Gems: Your amazing second day in Rio

8. Private Rio´s Hidden Gems: Your amazing second day in Rio

Be absolutely amazed by Rio´s hidden treasures and non-touristic spots in this exciting itinerary! Experience the invigorating forest vibe and take beautiful photos at the Taunay waterfall, and go for a short stroll, Enjoy the view of the Christ and Sugar Loaf all together from the pagoda Chinese View, Visit the palace that holds a beautiful love story at the Lage Park, See the most colorful and large mural at the Ethnicity mural by Eduardo Kobra, Feel the old Rio and be enchanted by the charming Santa Teresa neighbourhood At the end of this wonderful day, return to your hotel or starting point. This tour also offers you the possibility of customizing according to your interests.

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What people are saying about Vista Chinesa

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 297 reviews

Omg! Such a cool experience! We were aware that going into Tijuca we may not see much wildlife as it is a park so the animals come and go as they please, but before even entering the park Eduardo (our guide) stopped at a view point where we saw monkeys, toucans and an incredible view. It just got better from there! Eduardo spoke great English and answered all our questions regarding the park and Brazil in general. It was more of a car trip with stops rather than walking but we did walk through some cool spots. Overall a great morning activity!

Had an amazing time on this experience. We went on a fairly rainy and cloudy day but honestly it didn’t ruin the experience at all, It definately exceeded my expectations. We hiked through the forest and went to various waterfalls and caves. It was amazing. I’d say you would have to be fairly fit for going in some of the caves. Our guide was very experienced and absolutely lovely. It’s a small group of 6, which makes it feel a bit more personal. I can’t recommend enough. Thankyou for creating an amazing memory for us :)

A good jeep tour with a nice driver and a guide who not only spoke English but also German. There's a lot going on and you can really enjoy the jungle. I was also shown Copacabana and the view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Since it rained halfway through our trip, the top was quickly put up. It was super idyllic, atmospheric and you stayed mostly dry. For me it is a recommendation, in addition to the 8 Highlights Tour here on GYG.

Eduardo was a great tour guide, we got to see lots of nature and were lucky enough to see monkeys, coati, toucans, a hawk and a snake.

henrique did very, very well; had fun and did get a lot of information and many, many different expressions