The Tijuca National Park is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, only a few minutes away from most local districts. Covering an area of 3,200 hectares, the Park is considered the world’s first major reforestation project.
The forest was slowly transformed into a public leisure area over the years, featuring works of art and buildings, as well as restaurants and other services. The Tijuca Forest was designated as a National Park in 1961, featuring unique scenery bringing nature and culture together in perfect harmony.
Divided into sectors, the Park has historical attractions dating back to the age of the coffee empire, such as the Mayrink Chapel, the Solidão Weir and Cascatinha. A great starting point is the Visitor Center located in Sector A (Forest), where new trail groups are organized. The main lookout points are located in Sector B (Serra da Carioca), such as the Chinese View. Sector C (Pedra Bonita/Pedra da Gávea) is the best choice for the more adventurous types.
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During the colder months, bring a coat, preferably waterproof.
Remember to bring water, sunscreen and light foods.
Hire an experienced guide that will follow basic safety rules.