In the middle of Tijuca National Park which also includes Pedra da Gávea, Corcovado, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer the Tijuca forest contains more than 30 square kilometres of planted trees.
Razed to make way for coffee plantations, the original jungle was reforested in 1860 by order of Emperor Peter II. While most tourists come here by taxi, the forest has many great hiking and biking paths and trails. Excursions here will disconnect you from the permanent hubbub of the city and immerse you in lush vegetation, where you can observe at leisure a colourful range of wildlife insects, lizards, cobras, coatis, foxes, hawks, and primates.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tijuca Forest attracts more than 1.5 million nature lovers every year.
Floresta da Tijuca
Praça Afonso Viseu
Estrada do Alto
Rio de Janeiro
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