Parque Nacional Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

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. Make Parque Nacional Tijuca a centerpiece of your Rio de Janeiro vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rio de Janeiro holiday tool .
Create an itinerary including Parque Nacional Tijuca
Parque Nacional Tijuca Tours
View more tours
Parque Nacional Tijuca Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
4,031 reviews
  • Fantastic for walks, road cycling and mountain biking. Also lots of picnic areas. The visitor centre has lots of interesting information (with many in English). Full of both locals and tourists but no...  more »
  • Lush forest, a splendor, that is why I hope that Brazilians will preserve her, different birds, monkey, clean and beautiful
    View original
  • This is the worlds biggest urban green space and it is amazing the plants wildlife you can see and hear it’s so lovely when Rio is so busy  more »
  • Great view point over Rio. Lovely cog railway trip up to Christ the Redeemer. The statue is amazing. So huge. And you don't even have to walk the stairs once up there as there are elevators and escalators. Was a bit foggy the day we were there but views still fabulous
  • Try getting to the top by hiking, and if you decide to take the fast route and miss all the wild animals on the way then that's okay because once you're at the top it is definitely a real pleasure to see all of the city
  • Beautiful lush green area. We did the trail to Pedra Bonita. Not too difficult with a perfect reward of having great views over the city. Some clouds as part of the charme! The rock at the top is quite large. Sometimes with a large crowd of people
  • Amazing place. Exuberance nature. Tropical forest. The waterfall is beautiful. Chinese view is wonderful. Recommend.
  • Always a good experience to visit tijuca forest . Is a piece of atlantica forest in rio de janeiro. You ll find most of native plants big trees and little waterfalls.
Places to stay near Parque Nacional Tijuca

Plan your trip to Rio de Janeiro

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Parque Nacional Tijuca by other users

View more plans