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Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

1. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

Benefit from pickup from your hotel, São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor. Then take a 15-minute jeep ride into Tijuca National Park, arriving at the Pedra Bonita Ramp, 1,700 feet (520 meters) above sea level. After a safety briefing and a rehearsal, it's time for takeoff.   Take the leap and experience incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio’s famous beaches, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and much more. Your tandem flight ends with a smooth landing on the beach at São Conrado and the entire adventure will be captured by GoPro cameras attached to the wing. Enjoy an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Rio de Janeiro.

Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

2. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep where you will discover a tropical forest in the middle of a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the history of the reforestation process and the importance of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forrest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Your tour continues with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail where you will learn more and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

3. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

4. Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

Visit a variety of lesser-known attractions in the Tijuca Forest National Park on the Tijuca Forest tour circuit. On a 6-km-long walk, hike along trails made in the 19th century, a period when this area was occupied by coffee plantations. Discover the history of the park, the world’s largest replanted urban forest. Along the circuit, visit the Cascatinha Taunay, the largest waterfall in the National Park, the Mayrink Chapel from 1850, the Cova da Onça Suspension Bridge, the Eucalyptus Forest which houses an old slave cemetery, and the Morcego’s Grotto, the largest gneiss cave in Brazil. Next, cool off at the Baronesa Cascade waterfall. Then, start the journey back to the starting point passing the former residence of Barão d’Escragnolle, one of the park’s managers in the past (now The Esquilos restaurant). Also see the Wallace Fountain, with a sculpture representing goodness, charity, sobriety and simplicity, a gift from the English philanthropist Richard Wallace to Brazil and produced inFrance in 1870. This circuit combines adventure, history, nature, a waterfall shower, among other things, passing through hidden spots and attractions that reveal the richness and personality of Rio de Janeiro and its tropical rainforest.

Rio de Janeiro: Hiking and Rappelling at Tijuca Forest

5. Rio de Janeiro: Hiking and Rappelling at Tijuca Forest

The Tijuca Forest is one of the largest urban forests in the world and is located in the limits of the National Park of Tijuca. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a rich diversity of natural beauty, historical attractions and eco-tourism known worldwide. The trail and Bico do Papagaio rappel begins at the entrance gate of the Tijuca National Park and includes trails through the Mata Atlântica forest, a trip to the visitor center, park museum, Cachoeira das Almas and the trail and rappel at Bico do Parrot. The trek goes on as far as the base of the mountain, where you will find a few more natural obstacles, and a more rugged and steep climb. From the summit of Bico do Papagaio you can enjoy the main mountains of the Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Pedra do Conde, Cocanha, Pedra Bonita and Pedra da Gávea, as well as Sumaré and a small part of Corcovado and Cristo Redentor. The rappel (abseiling) activity is done at the summit of Bico do Papagaio, which is the second highest mountain in the park. The Bico do Papagaio trail and rappel has an estimated duration of eight hours.

Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

6. Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

Pedra Bonita is one of the highest mountains in the city and is located in the Tijuca National Park. Its position is privileged, between the south zone and the region of Barra da Tijuca. The 4 hour tour provides a light and pleasant experience, full of beautiful scenery and great opportunities for lovely photos. Start by meeting at your hotel, then head towards the National Park to start the walk. The trail through the Atlantic forest does not require a great physical effort or a high level of technique by the participant. Arriving at the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view of the beaches, forest and the other mountains of the city, especially the Gávea Rock, just in front. The top of Pedra Bonita has a large space where you can feel free to explore and enjoy the place. You will also have the opportunity to visit the free flight ramp and observe flight departures. The experience is fun and interesting. On the return you can see the beach of São Conrado and its beautiful landscapes, it is there also where the hang gliders and those paragliding land. Take this opportunity to go for a swim at the beach. The Bonita stone is a great option for those who want to enjoy the nature of the city and see beautiful viewpoints without great physical effort.

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

7. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

Be picked up in Copacabana by air-conditioned van and begin your journey to Rocinha. Visit different areas of Rocinha before heading to Villas Canoas. This non-intrusive tour introduces you to 2 of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. See how these areas are full of life and friendly people. After you visit Villa Canoas, be dropped off at São Conrado beach. Meet your hang-gliding instructors and glide over Rocinha and Villas Canoas. Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro with highly experienced instructors, which have over 32 years of experience. See the favelas and tropical rainforest from a bird’s eye perspective while hang gliding over Rio. After your hang gliding experience, you can relax at São Conrado beach or easily catch a taxi or train to your next location.

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What people are saying about Tijuca National Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

I had an amazing experience. It was my first time flying and I was traveling solo. The entire staff made me feel very comfortable. They were professional, well trained, and made an anxious person like me laugh quite a bit lol. I won’t forget that memory

Lovely time spent in nature, green everywhere, fresh air. The guide really nice, made us feel so welcomed and told us many interesting things about the rain forest and also about Rio.

Such a wonderful, breathtaking experience, the view was magical and all the people were so nice warm and very professional, i really felt safe.

Fantastic day out with great, English speaking guides. Lots to see and very exciting driving through the rainforest.

This is worth the time and the money spent. Greatly recommend this experience.