Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

4.9 / 5

72 reviews

Activity provider: Jungle Me

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

Activity provider: Jungle Me
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From US$ 69.43 per person

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Get to know the Tijuca Forest National Park by a small group hike on this amazing and challenging circuit visiting peaks with great views of Rio, caves, waterfalls, and ruins from old coffee farms.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off are provided from designated hotels and hostels in the South Zone area in the following neighborhoods: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Leme, Santa Teresa, Gloria, Catete, Flamengo, Praia de Botafogo. Please check with the local partner to see if this service is possible from your hotel/address. If pickup is not available from your hotel, a nearby meeting point will be provided instead.
Private or small groups available


  • Requires good fitness | Hike level HARD (9km=5.6mi)/5h/elev. gain 651m (2,135ft)
  • Immerse yourself in a scenic trail circuit, reaching peaks with great views
  • Visit Cascatinha Taunay and another viewpoint in the Tijuca Forest National Park
  • Explore grottos and cool off with a waterfall shower after the hike
  • Enjoy the company of a small group of maximum 6 people
Full description

The tour takes you on a challenging hike, uphill and on rough terrain, through the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the biggest urban forests on the planet, on this off-the-beaten-track circuit of trails to discover the nature and beauty of the jungle, reaching the Taquara Hill (814m=2670ft). This peak is a 100m higher than the Christ Redeemer statue, and on clear days, you have 2 amazing views: one to the valley of the forest and another to the West part of Rio, its coastline and lagoons. After that, you will go to a deeper part of the jungle following a trail that is almost secret as it is very rare to see other people doing it. Within 1 hour of hiking up and downhill, you will reach the ruins of an old coffee farm and, with a bit more walking, you will reach a grotto and a cave in the middle of the rainforest. After this, you head to a waterfall where you can refresh yourself (bring a towel and bathing suit). The hike covers a total of approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) and will take around 5 hours. Go up and downhill with an elevation gain of 651 meters (2,135 feet). The trail circuit was designed by experts in the Tijuca Forest Park using tracks and sites that are not well-known or regularly visited, so you'll be hiking in a very unusual part of the forest. 

The scenery of this tour is amazing and it has a lot to offer as you are visiting sites that are not featured in most tours. On the way up, you will learn the history of Brazil, Rio, the Tijuca Forest, and everything about the coffee farms that used to occupy that area before the reforestation that happened in the 1800's.

  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Insurance (you must provide passport number, birth date and full name of participants)
  • Transportation (designated hotels in the South Zone of Rio)
  • Food
  • Water and drinks
  • Transportation from outlying areas
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 14 years of age; people with a history of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or any illness/condition incompatible with difficult physical activities
  • Children with more than 14 years old are welcome if they enjoy hiking and nature and please also consider the tour is a full day (8 to 9h)
  • The tour requires a good level of fitness and is a challenging hike
  • Hike Details: duration 4 to 5 hours round-trip distance 9 km (5,6 miles). Elevation gain 651m (2135ft).
  • The operator of this tour reserves the right to refuse any participant that they believe are unable to endure this hike
  • This hike requires good fitness – Level: Hard (9km=5.6mi)/4 to 5 hours/elev. gain 2,135ft. (651m)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 72 reviews

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Alex, our tour guide picked me up on time (despite the traffic in Rio) at the hotel on Cocacabana. The three of us then drove towards the Tijuca rainforest. There I first thought of a nice walk; which turned out to be a 10km real hike within 5 hours. We're also talking about a couple of 100 meters of climbing up and down through the rainforest, which is exhausting for the average European simply because of the high temperatures and high humidity. I expressly recommend sturdy shoes, at least 2L of drinks, mosquito spray, sun spray and hiking sticks. Unfortunately I forgot the latter at home; would have been really helpful, especially on the steep descents on partly slippery surfaces. Incidentally, the organization was excellent on the part of the guide and the agency; simply provide the relevant information in the emails; complete. If you take the above things into account, you should definitely do the tour....

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February 1, 2023

Despite an initial delay - due to force majeure external to the guide - our experience was fantastic. Our guide (Alex) was perfect in guiding us and telling us interesting details of the forest. The trail isn't too bumpy, and is calibrated well for a day's walk. I recommend to those who are used to walking in nature, it's worth it.

January 30, 2023

A hike with a small group made it exceptional and Enjoyable. Like an old friend taking you for a trip around a place he lives. Alex is extremely knowledgable, I have learned so many things. He is friendly and caring and ensure the pace suitable for all group members, in this beautiful forest. The waterfall at the end of the hike was reviving. I Will highly recommend Alex!!!!

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January 18, 2023

Product ID: 195674