Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ecotourism

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Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

1. Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

The tour takes you on a challenging hike, uphill and on rough terrain, through the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the biggest urban forests on the planet, on this off-the-beaten-track circuit of trails to discover the nature and beauty of the jungle, reaching the Taquara Hill (814m=2670ft). This peak is a 100m higher than the Christ Redeemer statue, and on clear days, you have 2 amazing views: one to the valley of the forest and another to the West part of Rio, its coastline and lagoons. After that, you will go to a deeper part of the jungle following a trail that is almost secret as it is very rare to see other people doing it. Within 1 hour of hiking up and downhill, you will reach the ruins of an old coffee farm and, with a bit more walking, you will reach a grotto and a cave in the middle of the rainforest. After this, you head to a waterfall where you can refresh yourself (bring a towel and bathing suit). The hike covers a total of approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) and will take around 5 hours. Go up and downhill with an elevation gain of 651 meters (2,135 feet). The trail circuit was designed by experts in the Tijuca Forest Park using tracks and sites that are not well-known or regularly visited, so you'll be hiking in a very unusual part of the forest.  The scenery of this tour is amazing and it has a lot to offer as you are visiting sites that are not featured in most tours. On the way up, you will learn the history of Brazil, Rio, the Tijuca Forest, and everything about the coffee farms that used to occupy that area before the reforestation that happened in the 1800's.

Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

2. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Eco City Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: Eco City Tour

Head out into the lush natural surroundings of Rio on this day trip. Over the course of the day, discover a variety of different ecosystems: a tropical rainforest, mountains, waterfalls, secluded beaches, lagoons, and more. Take part in a tour for those who love nature but are not in the mood to hike. Enjoy an easy walking tour that takes you to visit the South, North and West of Rio in one day. Begin your tour at the Penhasco Dois Irmãos Park for a great view of the Leblon and Ipanema beaches. Afterwards, head to the Tijuca Forest National Park, where you’ll visit the Chinese View summit, Taunay Waterfall, and Canoas Summit. After a quick break for snacks and lunch, it’s off to Chico Mendes Lagoon Park, a mangrove lagoon where you may see caimans and capybaras. Continue on to Prainha Beach Park, a tiny, secluded beach beloved by surfers and surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Cap things off with a trip to Prainha beach, a beautiful, secluded, and protected beach in a park on the West side of Rio. Afterwards, enjoy transported back to your accommodation.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,076 reviews

Book this tour! Riccardo was super friendly, patient, and incredibly knowledgable - to be honest, it was so nice to have someone so extremely knowledgable as a guide! (I enjoyed this tour so much that I ended up booking another tour with this company the next day and gladly had Riccardo again). We stopped to learn about the nature and the history during the hike. The views are magnificent. And especially because it’s a small group, you grow very close. I have nothing but good things to say about this tour. They are professional, especially with your safety! This is a really great way to explore the nature side of Rio, especially to fill up your whole day!

I booked this because I went on another hike with JungleMe and loved it so much that I wanted to go on another one with them. The hike is pretty easy if you want a easy/moderate hike, yet the views are incredibly rewarding. The perks of going with JungleMe as guides is that they will stop you to tell you about different plants/trees/fruits, the history, and help you to spot monkeys!

It was amazing! Rodrigo was a fantastic tour guide. The hike was really fun and the views were amazing. Above and beyond my expectations for the day. My favorite part of my trip to Brazil!

Great tour and a knowledgeable guide. Communication was also great throughout the booking and pre-pick up process. Thanks for everything!

Nice trekking course with experienced guide. Recommend strongly