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. 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 .
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  • it is impressive the vegetation it has and how close it is to the city of Rio. Excellent views from different points, such as the Mirante Chinés. A very nice waterfall, for bathing: Cachoeira do Horto.
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  • Beautiful place, without a doubt a must when visiting Rio de Janeiro, unfortunately we touch a rainy and cloudy day, but that did not stop us from enjoying this beautiful place.
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  • I only got to experience a small section of this national park, but it is so vast and expansive that you can spend a whole day exploring. I checked out the region surrounding the Chris de redeemer area and it was amazing. Full of wildlife and greenery it is a nice change of pace from the beach/city aspect of Rio
  • We caught a taxi to just outside the Park and walked to the peak, which is the highest point in the park. Most of the start was along the winding road which could have been driven if you wanted. Once you get to the checkpoint, all the rest about 2km is by track. I would recommend appropriate footwear after the checkpoint. The views from the top are amazing. Also take water or at least a water bottle which can be filled at the visitors centre which is about 4km from the top
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