Parque Nacional Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

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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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  • beautiful and unique nature reserve in the middle of the city... a wonderful place with waterfalls and lush vegetation. wild animals and flowers. safety pin!
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  • Special place where is Corcovado trails, waterfalls, and breathtaking views, the Atlantic forest in the city centre
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  • With numerous trails, paths and options, the Tijuca National Park allows activities to all fitness levels, from beginners to the most demanding. Good for walking, cycling and running.
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