Tijuca Forest Tours – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tijuca Forest
Floresta da Tijuca

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Estrada da Cascatinha, 850, Alto da Boa Vista, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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Tijuca Forest  is a world largest urban forest that people planted in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It covers the area of 32 square km or 12 square miles. Because of this forest Rio de Janeiro has more rain and fresh water. It is a part of the Tijuca National Park and it shares its name with the neighborhood located right next to it. The original forest was destroyed by coffee plantations but in the second half of the 19th century it was decided to replant the forest in order to protect water supplies.

Tijuca Forest is rich with tropical vegetation, animals, trails, and caves. Many of the plant and wildlife species here are endangered species. Some of the most beautiful scenic views could be seen here.  The peak of Tijuca (Pico da Tijuca) is high as 3300 feet.
Among notable sites one can find the Alto Boa Vista, Vista Chinesa, Mesa do Imperador, Cachiera dos Macacos (Monkey´s Waterfall), Mayrink Chapel, and Taunay´s Waterfall.

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