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Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

From US$ 59.77 per person

The Tijuca Forest is one of the largest urban green areas in the world. It has 3,972 hectares and is located in Sector A of Tijuca National Park. Most of its vegetation is reforestation to replace the old coffee farms that once existed.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Your hotel in the tourist zone of Rio de Janeiro.
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a half-day adventure private tour
  • See the hiidden Tijuca Forest Waterfall
  • Enjoy a relaxing natural shower
  • Visit the park museum (visitor center)
  • Discover remnants of history along the way
Full description
Discover the Tijuca Forest, an important recreational area for hiking and other mountain activities, and home to the Pico da Tijuca and the Bico do Papagaio mountains. Enjoy a tour of the most visited and beautiful attractions in the park with round-trip transportation from downtown Rio included.  First, choose to get picked up from your hotel in the tourist center of Rio de Janeiro by selecting the relevant option upon checkout. Alternatively, make your own way to the meeting point in the city center. Then, set off towards Tijuca Forest. When you arrive, start the walk towards the entrance gate of the Tijuca Park Sector A. Go through several segments of the Atlantic Forest. Then, visit one of the main waterfalls in the park, Cascatinha Taunay, for a photo stop.  Next, follow a light trail to the visitor center and Tijuca National Park Museum. Once you've explored the museum, continue to the Cachoeira das Almas waterfall, where bathing is allowed. Find out about how the name means Waterfall of Souls, to do with the slave cultural traditions that once took place there. After that, stop at the visitor's center before heading towards Capela Mayrink Chapel which has replicas of famous painters such as Portinari. Make your last stop at the largest dam of the Tijuca Forest, the Açude da Solidão. Finally, return to downtown Rio de Janeiro where your tour concludes.
  • Licensed bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if transportation option chosen)
  • Roundtrip transportation from downtown Rio
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Praça Afonso Viseu, 104 - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20531-580, Brasil

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Daypack

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Intoxication

    Know before you go

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 10-years-old
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour, date or full refund
    • It is recommended that you bring comfortable shoes with good grip, a light snack, water, sunscreen and insect repellent
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 3 reviews

    Review summary

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    beautiful trek

    Edouardo is really good

    December 26, 2017

    Fantastic nature, Eduardo is a fantastic nice guide, that do the little extra for you to feel comfortable with the tour.

    January 22, 2020

    Excellent hike and tour guide

    July 6, 2021

    Product ID: 84309