Tijuca National Park


once again, beautiful views just like sugar loaf but a little disappointing, mainly b/c our "jungle tour" only took us to the pagoda in the park and the Japanese garden...that's the jungle! skip the tour, hire a taxi/bus. see it, take pics, then leave.

Posted: 18:44 - July 01, 2012  by: chopstick1

“A beautiful forest, and worth the visit”

This park was beautiful. I was lucky to be staying with friends that lived a quick drive from the park. I was most impressed by the waterfall and the lush ponds with trees growing out of the water. This park is worth visiting as that it is the largest urban park in the world, and can be incorporated with your day trip to the Corcovado, followed by a couple beaches on a loop ending at Sugarloaf Mountain for sunset, followed by an evening stroll (and swim) on the beach of your choice!

Posted: 18:43 - July 01, 2012  by: pensrud

“Jeep Tour not so great in the rain”

If you have to ride with the tarp on the Jeep, skip this ride. You will stop at a couple of place for photo ops, but your time would be better spent at Christ the Redeemer or Sugar Loaf. There is a small building which displays pictures of what inhabits the area, but we seen no live inhabitants. The hike is mild, but not for those with walkers or wheelchair bound.

Posted: 18:42 - July 01, 2012  by: DaytonWoman

“Beautiful rainforest reserve in the heart of a big city”

If you are not travelling on to see the rest of Brazil then seeing at least some rainforest, albeit in the middle of the big city, really is worth while. On top of that Tijuca is a very realxing and tranquil place. Definitely worth a trip.

Posted: 18:41 - July 01, 2012  by: Emma C

“Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Rio”

The Tijuca Park, situated in the middle of a city of perhaps 15 million people, forming the back ground to nearly everybody's home is remarkable. The drives are interesting in themselves with great views but the walks from the various parking spots, along the ridges to the summits, particularly the Pico da Tijuca should not be missed. Cycling around the road network within the park is well worthwhile. The idea that it was restored after being largely deforested is hard to accommodate, and also that it is not true Matto Atlantico but contains many exotic trees, not least coffee trees. It is difficult to comprehend the scale of Rio until it is seen from the Pico da Tijuca.

Posted: 18:40 - July 01, 2012  by: Nicholas H

“Very Large”

We drove through the park to get to Corcovado. It is amazing to have such a large park in the middle of a huge city. The road is very steep and winding. There are many hiking trails.

Posted: 18:39 - July 01, 2012  by: SDTraveler033

“Escape the city”

Tijuca offers a bit of shade from the City. Greenery is lovely after Copacabana but if you tour by taxi with just a few stops at waterfall and lookouts it can be a bit boring. Depends on taxi driver and how much you have paid for trip, whether you perceive this as worthwhile.

Posted: 18:38 - July 01, 2012  by: Ltaliafan

“Different from typical Rio beach day”

Went here in November 2011 on a tour and hiked Tijuca peak with Rio Eco Tours. The hike itself was gorgeous but it is not as "beginner friendly" as I had been led to believe. If you are planning on doing any hiking in Tijuca, I recommend wearing sports shoes and bringing water, bug spray and a camera. Very fun break from the city and beach.

Posted: 18:37 - July 01, 2012  by: travelfw

“Neat park in the city- come with a guide!”

We had planned to do this park on our own but decided to hire a guide instead and are very glad we did. The park is not easily accessible without your own vehicle and would be extremely hard to get around without your own transportation. The park is massive and its main sites are quite spread out. Some people walk up its steep roads or ride bikes but I wouldn't suggest it if you're coming to see the sights. We drove to the main sites then took a hike to the Waterfall of Souls, must smaller than the huge falls but a nice hike with a good payoff at the end. We were sorely disappointing by the lack of wildlife. While this is part of the Atlantic Rainforest, we did not see more than a few butterflies, even after four hours in the park. We had hoped to see a monkey or two and some birds but while the plant life is abundant, the animal life was nada. Our kids were especially disappointed. We have seen more animal life out our apartment window in Ipanema!

Posted: 18:36 - July 01, 2012  by: brownsonc

“beautiful but like any other hip hotel in a major city”

Beautiful park and great view of the city! you should definitely spend a few hours exploring the park

Posted: 18:35 - July 01, 2012  by: AR407145


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