Parque Nacional Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

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Forest National Park
Discover the world’s largest urban hand-planted rainforest at Parque Nacional Tijuca, established in 1961 to protect a fragile ecosystem of hundreds of species of plants and animals, many of which are threatened by extinction. The rainforest plays an important role in the city’s fresh water supply, and covers a huge area of over 32 square kilometers (12 sq mi). In addition to sheltering the rainforest, the park features several tourist attractions, including the colossal Christ the Redeemer sculpture. Also contained within the park’s grounds are the Cascatinha Waterfall and the Mayrink Chapel, with murals painted by artist Candido Portinari. Use the park’s picnic facilities and explore the rainforest on your own, or by joining one of many guided hikes and sightseeing walks offered in the area. For Parque Nacional Tijuca and beyond, use our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner to get the most from your Rio de Janeiro vacation.
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  • Our tour guide Manu Peclat (See my review of him) took us here on our tour thru Rio. It is really a beautiful place with a lot of great photo opportunities. I highly recommend.  more »
  • We booked a jungle tour for half a day. Experiencing the jungle is nice, the guide 's English was very good, and the trip was very informative, but we were mostly in the jeep and just had a small walk...  more »
  • Amazing natural beauty, waterfalls, monkeys, turtles and fresh clean air. Amazing day and highly recommended  more »