Tijuca National Park


The Tijuca National Park is an urban national park located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is part of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Preserve and is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation. The park is home to more than 500 species of plants, animals, and birds.

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Historically, the area around Tijuca was occupied by coffee plantations, which posed many environmental problems. However, in the 19th century, a series of ecological initiatives led to the creation of the Tijuca National Park. The park's aim was to protect the water resources of Rio de Janeiro as well as the fauna and flora of the Atlantic Rain forest.

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Visitors can explore the dense rainforest in Tijuca by hiking. There are many trails to follow that lead to scenic overlooks and refreshing waterfalls. The park is also well-suited for seniors and wheelchair users. Ensure that you pack plenty of water and sun protection. If you want to take part in the rappelling activity, make sure to hire a professional guide to help you.

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The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; entrance to the park is free. However, you will need to pay to climb the statue of Christ the Redeemer. You can take a tram from the Cosme Velho neighborhood or take a van from Largo do Machado to get to the park. The park offers information in Portuguese.