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Explore Brazil's diverse plant life on this tour of the Tijuca Rainforest and the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. During this 4-hour activity, visit the city's botanical garden to view a variety of exotic and native plants. Ride in a jeep through the Tijuca Rainforest, stopping for a leisurely hike with picturesque views and chances to see local wildlife. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro hotels is included.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Rainforest
  • Explore the huge variety of plants and flowers at the botanical garden, including more than 500 species of orchid
  • Enjoy a mild, 15-minute hike in the Tijuca Rainforest, the biggest urban forest in the world
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A combo of two first-class eco-experiences right in Rio! See a myriad of plants and flowers at the Botanical Garden and be ready to snap pictures of monkeys on the short walk through the Tijuca Rainforest.

What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest Eco-Tour

Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest

Following pickup from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, board your comfortable vehicle for the short trip to the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden.

Follow your guide through the world-famous botanical garden, which houses a variety of native and exotic plants from all over the globe. Walk though enormous redwood trees, ponds filled with water lilies and stately imperial palm trees. Enter the garden's greenhouse to admire over 500 different varieties of orchid.

As you stroll amongst the garden's many splashing fountains and interesting historical landmarks, listen for the calls of the local bird life.

Board your vehicle to travel to your next stop, the Tijuca Rainforest. This large, protected swath of rainforest is located just ten minutes outside the city center and is home to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Hop out of the vehicle for an easy hike through the forest, keeping a lookout for exotic birds and monkeys along the way. Listen as your guide talks about the preservation of the ecosystem and the history of the forest. Pass by landmarks like Açude da Solidão (Loneliness Dike), Capela Mayrink (Mayring Chapel) and Cascatinha de Taunay (Taunay Waterfall).

Depart the rainforest and make a brief stop to watch the hang gliders riding the waves at Pepino Beach, then return to your Rio hotel for drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent in every way.

Dalal T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The botanical garden was amazing! And the rainforest was a bit less than what I expected but worth the vist ! I loved this tour! And they were right on time !

Sachia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Had a wonderful time on my your, the group was small and we were to explore the grounds without feeling rushed. The tour guide was an excellent photographer who helped those on the your by themselves. Would definitely recommend

Anatoli S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Wonderful tour of the Botanical Garden and Tijuca Rainforest in an open-top jeep.Great views of the city. Never seen so many jack-fruit trees in one place. It was expertly handled by a professional guide. Don't miss it!

welford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Effectively a private tour, with just three of us plus the guide. Tremendous and interesting day out in Tigre,plus first-class up-market meal in Villa Julia. This trip and the Fiests Gaucha day are wonderful and Viators partners here are excellent (more than can be said for the rip-off Colonia day tripwhich costs more than double these wonderful days out)

Ronaldo H

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

I was just by myself during the tour. I need to walk going to the mountains because we can't find the driver. It was an adventure but I like my guide since he's very knowledgeable.

LUIS L

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

I loved the intimacy of the excursion. Only six people.T

William L USA

4 star rating: Recommended February 2012

The Rainforest is fantastic. We made several stops along the way to overlook the city, view the waterfall and visit the visitors center. We then made a couple stops to watch the hangliders from the mountatin and then the beach. The only negative was that we did not go to the Botanical Gardens at all.

ADRINE A

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

For four hours tour it's worth it

Dusan V

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2015

First of all, we even didnt go to the Tijuca Rainforest.

I could have gone to the Botanical Garden by myself, is very central and the guide, even thought helpful, told us things about the trees, fruits, but nothing worth paying for this.

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