A lush Atlantic rainforest, Tijuca National Park is an absolute wonder it is the world’s largest urban forest which covers 12.4mi² (32km²) and was a result of incredible forward thinking by Emperor Dom Pedro II.

In 1861 he saw the deforestation of the land around Rio and ordered that Tijuca be replanted to secure the water supply for future citizens. It was replanted over ten years ago and still plays a key role in making sure Rio has fresh water.

The national park includes the Corcodova which offers stunning views from its summit where the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer is situated. It also offers fantastic picnic areas, many waterfalls and some great walks.

Wildlife in the park includes insects, ocelots and howler monkeys. The reintroduction of birdlife has been particularly successful and it is a birdwatchers heaven.

Practical Info

There is no public transportation in the park so a car is handy if you want to travel far. There are companies that offer half- or full-day hikes through the park and these can be an excellent way to experience the rainforest.

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Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 121 Reviews

Hop in an open Jeep for a morning tour of the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Tijuca National Park. This section of Brazil’s Mata Atlântica ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 199 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour to Corcovado Mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Experience some of Rio de Janeiro’s stunning natural beauty on this hiking tour through the Tijuca Rainforest. Declared a national park in the ‘60s, Tijuca is ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.99

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Eco-Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

On this four-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro, bask in beautiful Brazilian nature at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Rainforest. See a variety of ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.99

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Flamengo Park or Tijuca Rainforest by Segway

See the sights of Rio de Janeiro on a panoramic city drive, cable car trip and Segway on this fun combo tour! Drive around downtown Rio to see highlights such ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 or 9.5 hours


From USD $139.99

Tijuca Rainforest Segway Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Experience the Tijuca Rainforest on two wheels on this 3-hour Segway tour in Rio de Janeiro. Take an air-conditioned coach or minivan to this lush Atlantic ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.99

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