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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  • Until today I do not understand as it is possible that there is this beautiful forest in one of the largest cities in the world, walking over there is relaxing and refreshing.
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  • This park is very close to Rio and about 30 min ride from the city. It is one of the biggest national park so close. Trails are good and nicely marked. Worth spending little time for nature lovers 
  • Lots of hiking opportunities, but our time limited us to a tour by car. Lots to see, including the "Chinese view" and a high waterfall. Others report seeing troops of monkeys, but our wildlife was lim...  more »