Rio de Janeiro & Tijuca

Rio de Janeiro and Tijuca National Park

 The Marvelous City is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the World and Tijuca National Park is an important part of this famous nickname. Rio de Janeiro has a lively and vibrant felling in each corner, with a lot of samba, great weather to enjoy the beach, its fun and friendly people, but of course, due to its mountains covered in lush green vegetation and that´s Tijuca´s part is the beauty. This is the largest urban forest in the World and getting inside the trails will make you forget that you are actually inside a busy city, but feeling the best of the Atlantic Rainforest and the stunning lookouts of the mountain´s peak.

Highlights

Tijuca National Park

This beautiful National Park can be considered one of the first protected areas in the world, once it was declared as Protected Forest in 1861 by D. Pedro II (from the Royal Portuguese Family – Brazil´s colonizers) more than 10 years before the first National Park in US, Yellowstone. This area of the city used to suffer with a great monoculture of coffee in the 19th century and timber extraction. When it started having an impact on the city´s water supply, D. Pedro II removed all the farms and implemented a protection and recovering project of the Atlantic Rainforest, that fortunately, helped to form the largest urban forest in the world that we can see today. Only in 1961 it was declared as Tijuca National Park, composed by the mountain chain of Corcovado (where Christ The Redeemer is located), Paineras, Tijuca, Gávea Pequena, Trapicheiro, Andaraí, Três Rios, Parque Lage, Serra dos Pretos Forros and Morro da Covanca.

Serra dos Órgãos National Park

One of the most stunning landscapes in Brazil! The mountain range of Serra dos Órgãos was declared a National Park in 1939 embracing the mountains of Teresópolis, Petrópolis, Magé and Guapimirim, with over 200km of trails and climbing routes. There are several hiking and trekking options that allow visitors to adventure inside the beautiful mountain´s peak, such as the Escalavrado and Pedra do Sino hikings or the 30km crossing Petrópolis-Teresópolis. Among the climbing routes, the Dedo de Deus is considered one of the most important for the climbing start in Brazil and the Agulha do Diabo, considered by many specialists as one of the best 15 climbing routes in the world. Recently, a group of researchers discovered the highest waterfall in Brazil, called Neblina Waterfall with 450m height, during a 10 days expedition inside the PARNASO mountains.

Christ The Redeemer

Biggest and most famous monument Art Déco of the world, Christ The Redeemer is located on top of Corcovado mountain (710m above sea level), inside Tijuca National Park and has 38m height. It was proposed by the french priest Pierre-Marie Boss, for the 100 year celebration of Brazilian Independence, in 1922, but is was only built and finished in 1931. The Christ creators are the designer Heitor da Silva Costa, the painter Carlos Oswald and the arms and head were built by the french sculptor Maximiliam Paul Landowsky. To reach the mountain top where The Christ stands facing Guanabara Bay, visitors take a pleasant tram ride crossing the Atlantic Rainforest until one of the most stunning panoramic views of the Marvelous City.

Transcarioca Trail

The Transcarioca Trail has 180km starting at Barra de Guaratiba until Sugarloaf mountain, crossing Tijuca National Park and connecting another 9 conservation units. It can be done in parts or the whole trail in 12 days. Based on other long-term trails, like the Appalachian Trail in US, is was idealized by the researcher and conservation unit´s manager Pedro Cunha e Menezes, in order to increase environmental education, safety and conservation, by connecting protected areas and improving their management for public use. Besides, of course, the stunning landscapes!

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Sugar Loaf

The Sugar Loaf is composed by three hills: Babilônia, Urca and Sugar Loaf. The tour by cable trams has two stops, the first part to Urca mountain top and the second part takes up to the Sugarloaf top, 396m above sea level. There are many theories about the name, the most accepted one is that the mountain looked like the container used for transporting the sugar cane from Brazil to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the first cable tram built in Brazil, by the brazilian engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos, in 1912, with the help of hundreds of climber-workers. Two of the most beautiful lookouts of Rio de Janeiro and a must-go tour for those visiting the city!

Itineraries

Rio de Janeiro Highlights - 4 days / 3 nights

This short-term itinerary mixes the highlights with trails in the National Park and the historic city tour. Perfect for those willing to visit other National Parks in Brazil, but not letting Rio out of the trip.

Rio de Janeiro+Tijuca & Serra dos Órgãos National Parks+Transcarioca Trail I want to go deep!

We have many options to explore the National Parks, specially Serra dos Órgãos and the Transcarioca Trail. This option is for those willing to spend more time in the Marvelous City and also the stunning surrondings.

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When is the best season?

Rio de Janeiro is a wonderful destination for the whole year!

It rains during summer time, from November to March, but even the rain is very welcome due to the warm weather of this time of the year.

 

How to get there

Airport: International Galeão (IATA code GIG). From Rio to other destinations, we maybe take the flight from the National Airport Santos Dummont. Both are inside the city, that is the state´s capital. A 30-minute or 1-hour drive will take you to/from your accommodation.

 

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Other destinations

Choose and combine many destinations in your trip to Brazil! We´ve designed short-term itineraries, so you can add more destinations in a single trip and long-term itineraries, so you can go deep in those you want the most. 

The Amazon Negro River

If navigating in the most remote and preserved areas of the Amazon is your dream, this is the trip to choose. Adventure yourself in the largest river basin in the world, with nothing but the colors of the sky, the black river and the deep green vegetation. 

The Amazon Tapajós River

The largest rainforest in the world and its inhabitants wait for you for a lifetime expedition! Dance with the local music Carimbó, go deep in a trail to see a giant tree, get to know the indigenous community Munduruku and their fight for the forest.

Iguaçu Falls

One of the largest falls in the world and a must-see place for all nature lovers! In the border between Brazil and Argentina, the spectacle of 275 waterfalls makes this National Park an unique place to be visited in South America.

Rio de Janeiro & Tijuca

Tijuca National Park is the largest urban forest in the world! Get inside and leave the vibrant Rio de Janeiro behind, but still in the middle of the city. See the Marvelous City in a beautiful perspective: a panoramic view from above the mountains, with the lush green vegetation and the beaches below you.

Chapada Diamantina

An African rooted culture, diamonds mining history and outstanding landscape. This National Park is considered the best trekking destination in Brazil and if you like mountains, valleys, clear water caves and waterfalls, that´s what you´re looking for!

Chapada dos Veadeiros

With easy access and connection between destinations, this National Park is a great opportunity to enjoy trails in the mountains with stunning landscape and beautiful waterfalls.

Chapada dos Guimarães & Pantanal

The best wildlife expedition in Brazil! The nest of hundreds of species of birds, coloring its mountains, and many other animals, like the jaguars. Explore this rocky National Park and the largest wetlands in the world.

Birdwatching

Brazil has a lot of endemic birds and we prepare those special itineraries for those willing to see the most beautiful and rare ones! With high specialized guides, the right lodgings and the perfect trip design for birdwatchers.

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