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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
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 (Atlantic Forest) offers panoramic views from Vista Chinesa (Chinese View). Your 4-hour eco-tour includes an easy hike with a guide, giving you the chance to spot monkeys, birds and butterflies — even sloths! You'll be amazed by the remarkable contrast of a tropical rainforest right at the edge of a big city.


  • 4-hour jeep eco-tour through Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro
  • 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 Rio de Janeiro hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose 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!

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What You Can Expect

Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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.

During your 4-hour Jeep tour through the rainforest, you'll have many spectacular photo opportunities, with stops at Emperor's Table and Mayrink Chapel. At Vista Chinesa, capture sweeping views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and even as far as Niteroi.

En route, disembark for a short eco-trek lasting approximately 15-30 minutes, following an easy trail with your guide. Walk to the crystal-clear cascade of Cachoeira dos Macacos and pass the picturesque waterfalls of Cascatinha. You’ll find there’s no better way to experience the living rainforest and marvel at the wildlife to be found!

At the end of your Jeep tour, you’ll be dropped off at your Rio de Janeiro hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Ana Lima was excellent! She was full of knowledge! We highly recommend her as a tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The jeep through the city was just great - guide was good too

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour guide amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fun day, great guide, nice group of people. Saw a monkey!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We rode around in the back of a truck bed that was open and had belts. That means the weather better be good which it was for me thankfully. We had I think 3 stops and some very light walking. If you are short on time and want to catch a small glimpse of the rain forest then this is a good choice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, magnificent views, great experience - great tour overall!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was amazing despite the less than stellar weather. Our guide was knowledgeable and very kind. Thanks to her!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The guide got to my hotel ahead of schedule and I was able to hop on to the jeep 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. The guide was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English and pointed out many important buildings, landmarks, etc. on the way to and from the forest. He even asked the driver to take us through a more scenic route on the way back. The forest itself was nice (a bit cool, so bring a light jacket or sweater) and I did get to see some monkeys during the hike.

Overall, I didn't feel rushed during the trip. There were several stops within the forest, including at the Chinese view, waterfalls, a museum and the 15-20 min hike. They do pick up other people on the way to the forest, but that wasn't a big deal for me as I had time to spare and had planned to spend about half a day on the trip. The guide picked me up from my hotel in the neighborhood of Flamengo, even though it wasn't listed as a pick up point when I booked my trip on Viator, so that was a nice surprise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

My husband and I were very pleased with this tour. The tour guide named Fabio was punctual and picked us up at our hotel lobby right on time. He was a smart man who spoke three different languages. This allowed us to ask him questions about the Tijuca Rain Forest and Rio de Janeiro as well. It was interesting to go through Favela Rocinha where we saw a man on a bike with a dog on his back. The first stop of the tour was the beautiful Cascatinha Falls. We also stopped at an old Carmelite chapel. The last stop was Vista Chinesa where you'll see a remarkable view of Rio de Janeiro. The tour was worth the price. We were so happy we tipped Fabio US$20. And he was also accomodating and allowed us to get dropped off at the Hippie Market in Ipanema where we enjoyed some shopping.

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