Rio de Janeiro

Tijuca National Park Tijuca National Park

The largest urban forest in the world brings together fauna and flora species that can only be found in the Atlantic Forest.

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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.

Key information and tips

Fire Department: 193.

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.

Opening hours:
Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. during daylight savings time), including weekends and holidays.
Price

Free admission.

Duration of the Visit
2 days.
Phone
+55 21 2492-2253 / 2492-2252 / 3883-8800
More Info
Website of the institute managing the Park
Official website

Address

Estrada da Cascatinha, 850 – Alto da Boa Vista

You can use of the several taxi companies available in Rio to get to the Park. Check out taxi rates.

The Park is divided into visitation sectors, each of which is accessed separately. Check out the best route here or here.

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