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  • Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

    1. 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 ...

    Good trip but make sure to do it with good weather as we were very unlucky we had fog and rain we couldn’t see most of the things. Henry the guide was very good and we learned about the rainforest and life in Brazil.

  • Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

    2. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

    Experience the diverse nature of Rio de Janeiro up close. Begin your tour at the Botanical Garden and visit the Sensory Garden. See the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake and floating giant water lilies. Walk through the bicentenary imperial palm trees as you go to the Orchidarium and Bromeliad house.   Then, climb up to the Vista Chinesa gazebo and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with mountains, forests, and ocean at 388 meters (about 1,273 feet) above sea level. In the distance, you can also clearly make out Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.   Next, go on an adventure through Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Gaze up at the Taunay Waterfall and follow a simple trail as you learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora and fauna.   Once back in the vehicle, pass by the famous São Conrado beach to ob...

    It was awesome and the guide was great. He spoke English and Spanish and was able to communicate with the group.

  • 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.

    Guide was very nice. Hotel pickup was very easy. Most of the trip is riding in the Jeep through many curvy roads and turns. Not much hiking. Only about 300 meters long. Then walking around about 4 major tourist stops. Our Jeep actually got stuck and had to get towed up a hill due to the New Years traffic. We didn’t have to wait long. I was actually impressed it only took 20-30 minutes. This should not be confused with hiking. It’s a riding trip through a public park. Cost wise, still cheaper than taking a taxi or Uber that would not be available in the park.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Botanical Garden Tour

    4. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Botanical Garden Tour

    The Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world and offers much more than a tour. This tropical rainforest, which sits on the edge of the city, offers the chance to become familiar with the endemic wild nature. The Tijuca Rainforest and Botanical Gardens are unsurprisingly some of the most popular tours in the city of Rio de Janeiro . Your tour begins as you head to a popular viewpoint "Vista Chinesa", which translates to Chinese View. Taking its name from a small Chinese-built temple which sits there, it offers unforgettable views of the city. You will then head to the Tijuca National Park to visit the Taunay waterfalls, the beautiful Mayrink Chapel, and the visitor center of the Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro. Finally, you will finish your amazing half-day tour at the Botanical Gardens, where you will find yourself immersed in its magnificent flora.

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What people are saying about Vista Chinesa

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 202 reviews

A very interesting trip. Perfect to see the rainforest in a nutshell. The guide chooses interesting routes, they are not too demanding but you can see a lot. The guide draws attention to some interesting things that are easy to overlook for ordinary people. He is very interested and willing to answer questions. I heartily recommend. Great guide. He was talking very interesting and answering every question. Highly recomend!

Super beautiful wild monkey forest galore that say you have to see it to believe it, the military car perfect for the trip, seen breathtaking, on the favelas and the big towers of RIO, remember to bring water it is very very hot in height

A half day very rich in discovery, the 4x4 is more for folklore than to survey the cliffs but it's still nice We had the chance to see monkeys and other animals Our guide spoke French very well, a real pleasure I highly recommend

It was awesome and the guide was great. He spoke English and Spanish and was able to communicate with the group.

Our guide George speaks perfect French and is very interesting. The forest is wonderful to do