Hike to Rio de Janeiro’s Urban Rainforest (Half Day)

Follow the trail through one of the world’s largest urban rainforests in search of one of Rio’s most beautiful views. ½ day.

Trek through a slice of protected Atlantic rainforest to the top of Pedra Bonita, or Beautiful Rock, a flat granite crest with views over the entire city, complete with blue sea and distant mountains.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • Local transportation to and from your hotel (South Rio only)

Perfect for:

Travellers looking for a jungle challenge with a big payoff without ever leaving the city.

Need To Know

Travelling from the UK, there are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via Europe or São Paulo.

The weather in Rio is generally hot and sunny, with temperatures all year round between 25°C and 35°C. December to March is summer although also the wettest months, however even outside this time the weather is very warm and pleasant.

Please note that the trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather conditions as the trail will be unsafe

Of course! The group size is from two people up to six, so if there are other travellers booked on the trip then you’ll be in a small group of like minded travellers.

No specialist skills are needed, but a moderate level of fitness is required, along with the ability to hike over fairly rough terrain, both up and down, for around two hours with plenty of breaks to rest.

The only extra costs are any food you wish to bring, water/drinks and transportation if you’re staying outside of the cities South Zone.

We’d recommend you bring lunch, plenty of water (at least two litres per person), sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, a small backpack and comfortable boots and clothes suitable for a hike in the wild (no sandals).

An experienced, English speaking guide will be with you for the whole trip. You’ll also be driven to and from the start of the trail from your hotel.

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Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa, or ‘Marvellous City’, Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable mix of golden beaches, forested mountains and favelas scattered amongst upmarket neighbourhoods. As well as its famous beaches like Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, the city is also the birthplace of Samba and home to a thriving nightlife.

The Tijuca National Park is claimed to be one of the world’s largest urban rainforests, spread over some 39 km² and home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, as well as thirty waterfalls and endless hiking opportunities.

Start point?

Your guide will collect you from your hotel between 08:00 and 09:00, provided it is in the South Zone of Rio, which includes many of the most popular neighbourhoods, like Urca, Botofogo, Flamengo and Gloria, as well as the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. There are a few hotels in the South Zone that are quite isolated and we can’t pick you up from - if this is the case we’ll let you know where to meet us.

If you’re not staying in the area a meeting point will be suggested. You will be emailed the exact pick up time the night before your hike.

Finish point?

At the end of your hike you’ll be returned to your hotel in the South Zone between 13:00 and 14:00. If you’re not staying in the South Zone you’ll be dropped off at a suitable point to make your own way back to your hotel.

Getting there and away?

Travelling from the UK, there are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via Europe or São Paulo.

What to Expect

Day Trip: Big Views Over a Beautiful City

After being collected by your guide from your hotel, drive to the Tijuca National Park, one of the world’s largest urban rainforests - 39 km² of protected wilderness, all within the city limits of Rio.

Stop on the way up to see the charming pagoda at the Vista Chinesa, or Chinese Viewpoint, with its view of Sugarloaf Mountain and the famous beaches of Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon.

Arrive at the starting point for the hike and set off on foot. Follow the trail through the jungle and learn about the plants and wildlife that live there, including monkeys and parrots, catching glimpses of the cities coastline through the trees as you go.

Hike the final stretch to the summit of Pedra Bonita, 696m above the sea level and enjoy the view over the entire region, including Rio de Janeiro, the table-top monolith of Pedra da Gávea, Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay and a line of breaking waves that leads all the way into the distance.

Follow the trail back down through the jungle to the park entrance where your hike will end

Total time walking – Two hours, 3.5km, 203 metres of elevation

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