Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro
from USD $87.99
Hop in an open Jeep for a morning tour of the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Tijuca National Park. This section of Brazil’s Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) offers panoramic views from Vista Chinesa (Chinese View). Your 4-hour eco-tour includes an easy hike with a guide, giving you the chance to spot monkeys, birds and butterflies — even sloths! You'll be amazed by the remarkable contrast of a tropical rainforest right at the edge of a big city.
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In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Estrada da Cascatinha 850 Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590 Brazil

After your guide picks you up from your hotel in Rio, hop in an open Jeep and buckle up for a fun ride! Drive to the edge of the cityscape and enter Tijuca Forest, located just 10 minutes from the city center. You’ll hear about the important reforestation program of Tijuca National Park and learn the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem — part of the vast and protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers 14 states in Brazil.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Cachoeira dos Primatas, Rua Sara Vilela 460, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22460-180 Brazil

See the waterfall during the hike

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Vista Chinesa, Estrada Dona Castorina Parque Nacional Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22460-320 Brazil

Get a nice perspective from the Tijuca Rainforest. At Vista Chinesa (Chinese View), capture sweeping views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and even as far as Niteroi.

The lookout was built between 1902 and 1906. The oriental-style pagoda is a reference in honor of the Chinese who brought tea cultivation to Brazil in the early 19th century.

Made of bamboo and cement, and situated 380 meters above sea level, it is an important tourist spot in the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Emperor's Table, Rua Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21043-080 Brazil

Enjoy the beautiful view of the city, as did the Royal family several times.

It was at this table that Dom Pedro I, when he wanted a meal in the middle of one of the most beautiful views, would leave his residence at Quinta da Boa Vista and, with his cart, would head towards Estrada da Vista China.

At an altitude of 487 meters above sea level, the Emperor's Table is set against stunning views of the city, counteracting urbanization and nature. Stairs surrounding the parapet of the area lead the tourist to the edge of a concrete ramp, making the tourist feel in the midst of a splendid setting.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Capela Mayrink, Rua Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21043-080 Brazil

Take a short stop at this historical chapel. The little pink chapel in the middle of the woods, 460 meters above sea level, resembles a house of children's history. It was erected in 1860 by the Portuguese banker Viscount de Souto inside his farm, in Tijuca Forest. The Chapel is one of the attractions of Tijuca National Park. Adorn the altar reproductions of panels with holy images of Cândido Portinari. The gardens, as well as the Carrara marble and tiled patio tub with frowning spout, were designed by landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.

Duration: 5 minutes


  • Jeep tour of Tijuca Rain Forest
  • Eco hike
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from most hotels in Downtown and Rio's South Zone or Barra da Tijuca
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Visit to Tijuca National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional da Tijuca
  • Entry/Admission - Vista Chinesa
  • Entry/Admission - Emperor's Table


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip Transfer to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete, Barra, Santa Teresa and Downtown
* Please call the number on the voucher at least 24 hours in advance to reconfirm your selected activity. The pick up time at your hotel can differ by up to about 45 minutes from the above time, depending on your location. There are cases in which the provider will not be able to pick you up and so an alternative meeting point will be suggested at the time of your call
* The neighborhoods of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete are within the South Zone, and Santa Teresa and Centro, Downtown

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat in case it’s hot
  • Stay tuned to the neighborhood where your hotel is located. There are two pick up options available with different prices.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Had a great time on this tour. Erica, our tour guide, was so energetic, friendly, and informative. She showed up on time. The Tijuca forest was beautiful. We enjoyed the waterfall and the views. DId not see much wildlife, but did see some funny monkeys. The group we were with on the tour was also fun. I would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This entire tour was amazing ! From beginning to end. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
Great trip, life experience, well organized. The tour guider was fantastic, knowledgeable, and hard working. Life is tough in Rain Forest. The tour guider cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner on a small boat. He is amazing. He is the most talented tour guider I ever met. We saw a lot, river, boats, fish, trees, jungle, turtle, monkey, birds and so on. We also so how local people live and how people can be strong to fight for their lives.
• Submitted 07 Jul 2018
Fantastic tour! Great informative ride!
• Submitted 18 Apr 2018
We had a blast on this excursion. The group was so diverse - Spanish speaking, English speaking both the American and the England kind - inside joke with driver, and French. Though we could not all speak the same language, our guide spoke all 3 and made sure to translate and include everyone in the conversation. The hike was easy and the sites beautiful. But, I recommend you take enough water so you don't need to refill your bottle at the filtered station! Sunscreen and bug spray are not to be skipped.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
I enjoyed the tour. The guide was punctual and picked us up even from Barra da Tijuca hotels. The guide spoke good english and took us trekking as well so that was very cool. They allowed us enough time wherever we wanted to stay a bit more and were very flexible and friendly. I recommend this tour
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Great fun riding in an open-top vehicle. Saw lovely waterfalls and had a very enjoyable walk through the rain forest. A very good and knowledgeable guide kept us informed and amused.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
This was a truly fantastic trip, well worth the money very efficient well organised picked us up from where we asked. The guide spoke fluent English,Spanish,Italian and Portuguese. One of the most amazing things to see in Rio x
• Submitted 10 Feb 2018
This was a great ride and hike through the rain forest, offering amazing views and a good educational experience. The guide was very informative.
• Submitted 26 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
A very interesting tour, excellent tour guide (Daniel) who pointed out things of interest along the way and showed great knowledge and passion for the forest and its history. I don’t remember the driver’s name, but she did a great job of managing the vehicle over the the challenging roads.
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
The rain was a bit of a pain but our tour guide was very friendly, energetic and made the best of it. The drive to the rain forest was beautiful, the views were amazing. The natural water falls was breath taking. Thank you!!
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
I enjoyed this half-day hike through the Tijuca rain forest because it allowed me to see another dimension of this amazing city. In the hills above the gridlock traffic and chaos of the city lies a magnificent forest with enormous trees and endemic flora. On the drive in to the forest, we stopped at a gazebo that had a nice panorama of Ipanema and Leblon. We then saw a nice waterfall. We then did a hike not too strenuous of about 1-2 miles through the forest. I forgot to spray the backs of my hands with insect repellant and got some bites from unidentified insects so I recommend that you not neglect to spray the backs of your hands with repellent. The guide was friendly and had a good sense of humor.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2017
I enjoyed the Tijuca Jeep Tour had a good time.
• Submitted 24 Jun 2017
I like nature so this was a good tour. I took great pictures of Rio at different stop points. Small group, but had fun with them throughout. You have a walking tour, you learn some things about some of the trees that was interesting. A nice waterfall, small museum, and a little church was included on the tour. I would recommend. I took great pictures of Rio at different stops.
• Submitted 20 May 2017
Great tour and worth the money,
• Submitted 15 Mar 2017
Fun tour with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide! He spoke English well, which was a plus for my wife who doesn't speak Portuguese. The guide and driver were always on the lookout for wildlife as we drove through the forest, which helped us to spot animals we probably would have missed otherwise.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2016
After a rocky start because our Jeep did not pick us up, it turned out to be a most enjoyable ride. Gabriel and Maria could not have been more informative and accommodating. We were disappointed in the lack of bird life, but the forest was beautiful.
• Submitted 07 Sep 2016
We were VERY pleased with this tour, as they showed up slightly early and waited 10 minutes while we finished breakfast. The guide and the driver were very friendly and accommodating. We learned a lot of local history and culture as we made our way through the city and into the Tijuca Forest. We will highly recommend this tour for any friends that may be visiting in the future.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2016
Luigi was a great tour guide!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
This tour was great! Our tour guide David was amazing. He is very knowledgeable about the Rain Forest and was able to answer just about every question. This tour is great for amazing pictures of the city. During our tour we were able to learn about the Rain Forest, got amazing panoramic pictures of the city, were able to see a beautiful water fall, encountered numerous monkeys and other animals. I would definitely recommend this tour to nature lovers and those that want amazing pictures.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
Fabio our tour guide made the day fun!
• Submitted 27 Apr 2016
Fabio our tour guide made the day fun!
• Submitted 27 Apr 2016