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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  • August 15, 2017
    I rented a bike to climb the Vista Chinese, which is located in this national park. It was an amazing experience. Occasionally there was a car or another cyclist, but most of the times it was complete...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    the forest, planted to restore balance idrometereologico in town is typical of a subtropical area. The road that runs through it is quite tortuous
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  • August 11, 2017
    Too good to be in the midst of nature, take a walk with your family and stay in peace! I believe that lack of investment the conservation is not the best, but the place is still beautiful! Free admission and openings to stop the car by all sides. If you go early, you can make more than one track, but from the 3:00 pm is forbidden on account of the risk. Several hikes are possible with children also, it's worth it.
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