To escape the noise and busyness of Rio I recommend coming here. Surrounding Corcovado is the dense, tropical Tijuca Forest which is 120 sq km of jungle right on Rio's doorstep. Once part of a Brazilian nobleman's estate, it's studded with exotic trees and thick jungle vines and is ideal to take a strol around. The forest has several waterfalls, of...more
As this place is the closest of a rainforest you will find in Rio,the fauna & flora is diversity too.According to the Botanic Foundation,here there are 200 types of Bromelias,4 species of Orchids,Sagui,Spider and Golden monkeys,2 types of miniature parrots,etc..Be on the lookout for a wide variety of butterflies and birds,and you also may be lucky...more
The most famous restaurant in the area is "Esquilo"(the squirrel),but I can't personally recomend it as I never ate there!
It's in the middle of the park,and usually,it looks full!
I never tryed but I heard that off-road trips became popular in this area!
The jeep tours stop at the picturesque and historic points throughoutthe forest,and the drivers are professional guides.
Hanggliders hotest point is here,you can see them at Pedra Bonita everyday!
Once in Rio,you will understand why hiking is part of the "Cariocas" life,people like to walk to move around!
One of the best hikings is through the Tijuca Park,but you need to know where you are going though,it's so huge that once in a while,people get lost here!
Generally,the climate is tropical,and is humid and rainy during the winter.The park is open daily from 08:00 to 19:00,tickets around 5,00 reais.The vegetation is a tipical Atlantic Forest flora,the fauna is in extremelly high danger,and many kinds of mamals cannot be found here as in many years ago.more
I just had a quick research at the web about the Atlantic Coastal Forest in Rio,and there was a picture of it from 1900 and nowadays!It's shocking how it became almost nothing!In this article I also read that the actual forest keeps the city about 5 celsius cooler than if totally lost!One of the problems with the "green" areas in Rio,is that the...more