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Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

1. Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

Experience the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit! The tour consists of hiking trails with a moderate level of difficulty and some natural obstacles that you have to overcome. The place is beautiful and extremely pleasant, offering beautiful flora and wild animals for you to observe. Start the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit towards the Jequitibá Waterfall, following trails and waterfalls until arriving at the famous Waterfall of the Shower, also known as Box Waterfall by the design and format that the rock presents. The Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit are an excellent alternative to get away from the overcrowded beaches of the city.

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

2. Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

The tour takes you to hike 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). This 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

Hike one of the most famous rock formations in this wonderful city, the Pedra da Gavea. Summit at 842 meters and take in the spectacular views of the Bay of Guanabara and some of the main beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Also, see majestic views of famous mountains in nearby Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio, Pedra Bonita and Corcovado. During your adventure along the Pedra da Gavea trail, you may also spot some wild animals of the Carioca Atlantic Forest! There are many animal and bird species that live in the greater Tijuca National Park area. Bring your camera and capture the panoramic views this special spot has to offer.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

4. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

Hike inside the urban rainforest of Rio de Janeiro and get back to nature in Tijuca National Park. Climb Pico da Tijuca for stunning views at the highest point in the forest at an altitude of 1,021 meters above sea level. Experience one of the most beautiful trails of Rio de Janeiro, starting at the entry gate to Tijuca National Park and travel through several sections before arrival at the summit. Discover the amazing waterfall of Cachoeira das Almas and get breathtaking views from the peak of Tijuca Mirim. See a legendary staircase carved into rock and more.

Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

5. 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

6. 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.

Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

7. Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

At 3,420 feet (1,021 meters) above sea level, the summit of the Tijuca Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is the highest point of the Tijuca National Park. On this 5-hour tour, you will cross most of the urban forest by car, before hiking to the top of the mountain, ending with a climb up the 117-step stairway that was carved out of solid gneiss rock more than 100 years ago for a visiting European king. To reach the start of the trail you will cross almost all of Tijuca Forest by car, passing various waterfalls and scenic views to observe the city from a range of perspectives. Stop off in São Conrado for a picture postcard photo opportunity. You will also get the chance to visit the Taunay Waterfall, the highest cascade in the forest. At Solitude Dam, stop to watch the birds and fish. Then, hike past scenic viewpoints, such as Emperor’s Table, Chinese Viewpoint, and Monkey's Waterfall. At the summit of Tijuca, you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, providing the perfect opportunity to find your bearings in this complicated city!

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

8. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra Bonita & Tijuca Forest Hike Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra Bonita & Tijuca Forest Hike Tour

Pedra Bonita is 693 meters high and is located in Sector C of the Tijuca National Park. Because of its privileged location, the Pedra Bonita region also has the only flight takeoff ramp in the city of Rio de Janeiro for hang gliding or paragliding. The flight ramp has a small bleacher so you can watch takeoffs with comfort and take great pictures. The scenery at the top of Pedra Bonita is beautiful! You can see the Pedra da Gávea with all its magnificence revealing itself between the beaches of Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado. All of this is combined with the beauty of the Tijuca Forest around you! The guide will also lead you on a walk on the trail of Agulhinha da Gávea, a place that has a beautiful view of Morro Dois Irmãos. The total duration of the Pedra Bonita tour is approximately 4 hours. The Pedra Bonita trail is the perfect adventure for those who want to trek through the forest and be dazzled by one of the most beautiful views of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Bico do Papagaio Guided Hiking Tour in the Tijuca Forest

10. Bico do Papagaio Guided Hiking Tour in the Tijuca Forest

Discover the beauty of the Bico do Papagaio, rising 989m high and located in Tijuca National park Sector A (Floresta da Tijuca). Also known as the Tooth of Spirits or Stone Tooth due to its pointed shape, it is the second largest mountain in the park. The superstitious Tupinamba people avoided the stone because they believed that there emanated bad fluids. Explore the Bico do Papagaio's several hiking trails through the Tijuca Forest, visit the visitor center and museum then bathe in Cachoeira das Almas. If you enjoy more excitement and adrenaline, you have the choice to abseil from the top of Bico do Papagaio, where your guide can mount a vertical line for you to descend while enjoying the immensity of Tijuca Forest and Rio de Janeiro right behind you.

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What people are saying about Tijuca National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 216 reviews

A perfect way to spend a Sunday in Rio if you want to have a bit of an adventure. Juliana was an amazing guide through Tijuca forest and the rappelling was so much fun. Getting to the top does require some fitness but if you’re moderately athletic it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Cooling down in the waterfall also definitely recommended :D

This hike was incredible! By far the best view of Rio de Janeiro when you make it to the top. This hike is certainly not for beginners though. The hike was difficult and felt dangerous at times, but 100% worth it if you’re up for an challenge and comfortable with heights. Would HIGHLY recommend with anyone looking for an adventure!

The best guide Segrio. Excellent knowledge, and knows every corner in the forest, you will feel super safe with him. First time trying reppling and he instructed me well and because of that i had one of my best life experience. Great tour i recommended with Sergio.

We loved this hike and especially the comments of our guide Alex on the forest but also on life in Rio!! We recommend 100% to discover the biodiversity of the tijuca forest. Sabrina and Camille

It was the highlight of my stay in Rio! The most stunning views I have ever seen in my life! The guide was greatgiving me the proper instructions to "survive" He rocked! Brilliant tour!