Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
This was ok. Our guide was not terribly talkative and we spent most of the time in the jeep.
Amazing scenery and views.
Nice to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The hotel pick up was on time and the jeep ride was very good with great views of Rio. The gentle trek was just that, gentle. Only thing that let this tour down was the tour guide who fell asleep during the tour and didn't really give you any information regarding the rain forest.
The operator wouldn't answer phone calls and refused to pick us up from the hotel. Once on the jeep though, the tour guide was great; we also got an impromptu tour of some amazing beaches on the way back. If you can, go hiking in Tijuca instead, but this was still a lot of fun
Our guide was very friendly, pleasant and enthusiastic, however, he was at times a little difficult to understand, and sometimes went off-topic. I would have liked to hear more local stories and history as we went along, not so much about other places in the world. There was a little chapel I wish we had stopped at, but the driver went right by. Also, the drive home went by all the beautiful beaches, and I didn't understand why we hadn't taken that route both ways. We were disappointed not to see any animals whatsoever, which probably was due to the weather being slightly cool. All together it was a pleasant outing, but not as exciting as I'd hoped for.
One time visit but the lady guide Anna was very good. She had a good knowledge and was very passionate about her job.
I was hoping to see SOME sort of wildlife. No luck. That's the way it works sometimes when you're dealing with wild animals! :) The hike was nice and easy... the museum inside Tijuca was small, but informative about how settlers found and survived in the area before modern day.The best thing was the waterfall. GORGEOUS. The drive back to the hotels was nice because it takes you around to a side of Rio you probably would never see (unless you're driving a car). It was refreshing to see kids at school and people making their way home from work (more locals and less tourists). Could have lived if we didn't make it to this rain forest.
Good. I was expecting (hoping) that there would be more interactive. The tour guide, a 21 year old female (I don't remember her name) was very knowledgeable about the Tijuca Forest and spoke English fairly well.
Weather was great and the tour guide was very helpful and funny ,thanks
Half of this tour is the getting there and coming back as the jeep ascends through the mountains passing several viewing points of the city and descends back via the main beaches. Once in the rainforest national park the activities are sightseeing at a small waterfall and doing a 15 minute level walk. There's no need for a jeep though as the tour doesn't leave the roads at any time, but you do get a different perspective on the city.
The guide for this tour was great. Very knowledgable and good fun. The trip is worth doing. It would have Ben made better by getting a bit further off the main roads.
Our tour guide spoke English only moderately so we may have missed out on some information. Overall, great views and stunning scenery!
The tour gide was great 5-stars for him and also for the company.
The trip itself, wasn't too exciting. 90% of the trip you will sit in an open Jeep driving on a road, climibing the hill on narrow curves. Only interesting part was the overlook over Rio from the Vista Chinesa view point.
The tour itself is very nice. The positives: the guide - very nice, everything was well organized, the Botanical gardens - the highlight of the tour.
The negative - it was not what i expected, it is a tour in a jeep, but on road, does not have the feeling of jeep ride in a forest, nothing wildlife.
A decent tour into the Tijuca forest but we thought there would be more hiking than there was. The Jeep doesn't stray far from the path. But, great for people who want to visit the Tijuca but might be concerned that doing so would be too physical.
The tour was good, but it is quite misleading as it was made to seem as though we will spend hours in the rainforest, not at a local botanical gardens. I have one of those where I live.
Very nice guide. We learned a lot about Brazilian nature, but it was not enough jungle and we didn't see too many living animals.
The Tijuca Rain Forest is beautiful and I've been on wonderful excursions booked through Viator previously, but I was disappointed by how this panned out:
First off, Viator is a 3rd party seller. They don't operate their excursions, but this is an excellent way to be connected to local tour companies. Their local tour operator is also a 3rd party seller. In this event, Viator sold their local tour operator sold the jeep tour. Too many hands in the pot, and the confirmation from Viator stated we had an 8am start time and provided a number for their local tour operator. I called the number 5 or 6 times and never got through to confirm my pickup. We woke up and were ready by 7:15, and flagged down one of their buses, which took us to another hotel. They told us our pickup was at 9:10am. We weren't picked up until after 10am.
So there was a huge hassle in booking due to the multiple sellers.
But was the tour good?
No. And it's a shame, b/c it could have been. There was a driver and a guide, and the driver elected to speed through the entire tour, condensing an advertised 4 hours into 2 hours. He didn't slow for photos when things were pointed out, and we couldn't get a good look. The guide's English fluency was around 60 and knowledge only around 30. At one point he joked it was his first time running this tour and I thought Ahh, that makes sense and he was like Seriously, I've been doing this a year? As examples: He told us one tree was an Iron Tree, like Iron Man, because it's hard which doesn't sound very legit, and that's all he said and at one point, while in the city, pointed at a school and said That's a typical school without any supplemental info about Brazilian/Rio schools.
I definitely think a jeep tour of the Tijuca Rain Forest is worthwhile. I saw other companies that arrived earlier/departed long after, that may have been better. A friend did a jeep tour and said her guide was a botany expert. I'd advise researching and booking locally or through hotel concierge.
Whilst the scenario of the Tijuca Forest is beautiful I had my heart set on encountering the wildlife particularly seeing the monkeys but only the fake animals at the visitor centre were to be seen. The guide was lovely and very knowledgeable but you can enter the forest for free and read most of the information on boards. Many people were seen cycling and treks are available that would take you deeper into the heart of the forest and deliver what was promised. Not 4 hours as advertised and problems witg the pick up time.
Open top jeep, seeing a monkey and the view of Vista Chinesa for the stars! Other than that our total trip was only 3 hours - guide was subpar, did not go to Cachoeira dos Macacos Waterfall of the Monkeys and eco-trek/hike was more like 5 minutes. The highlights of this tour are very misleading and the folks on the tour with us felt the same way.
This your was not great. It wasn't what viator advertised. The tour was only about 2 hours instead of 4, we drove to Tijuca, quickly saw a waterfall, went on a 10 minute hike, well really a walk, and quickly stopped by the Chinese view before heading back to the hotel. I was really disappointed.