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Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

1. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

2. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

Get spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro on an approximate 3-hour hike of Pedra da Gávea. Follow the challenging nature trails of the largest monolith in the world, starting at sea level and ascending through Tijuca National Park to an altitude of around 840 meters. Trek through the Carrasqueira section using the safety equipment provided by your instructor, and face the challenge of basic rock climbing of approximately 30 meters in height. Once past the Carrasqueira, continue to the mountain summit, and get rewarded with amazing views of the south and west areas of Rio de Janeiro before the walk back down.

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Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

Experience the diverse nature of Rio de Janeiro up close. Begin your tour at the Botanical Garden and visit the Sensory Garden. See the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake and floating giant water lilies. Walk through the bicentenary imperial palm trees as you go to the Orchidarium and Bromeliad house.   Then, climb up to the Vista Chinesa gazebo and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with mountains, forests, and ocean at 388 meters (about 1,273 feet) above sea level. In the distance, you can also clearly make out Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.   Next, go on an adventure through Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Gaze up at the Taunay Waterfall and follow a simple trail as you learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora and fauna.   Once back in the vehicle, pass by the famous São Conrado beach to observe the hang gliders and paragliders. Take in breathtaking panoramic views on route back to the hotel.

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Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

4. Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

Located in the Pedra Branca State Park, Pedra do Telégrafo (elevation of 350 meters) is at the top of Guaratiba Hill. Take a walk along the beach to the starting point of the trail. The ascent begins at Guaratiba Beach and it takes about an hour to reach the summit. There are several viewpoints along the way, with the best known being a large, sharp rock called Pedra da Bigorna. From the summit, marvel at the views of the Restinga da Marambaia sandbank, the wild beaches of Rio, Pedra do Pontal, and Grumari Beach. After the walk, relax on the beaches of Grumari or Prainha.

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Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

5. Tijuca National Park: Hike to The Peak

At 3,420 feet (1,021 meters) above sea level, the summit of the Tijuca Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is the highest point of the Tijuca National Park. On this 5-hour tour, you will cross most of the urban forest by car, before hiking to the top of the mountain, ending with a climb up the 117-step stairway that was carved out of solid gneiss rock more than 100 years ago for a visiting European king. To reach the start of the trail you will cross almost all of Tijuca Forest by car, passing various waterfalls and scenic views to observe the city from a range of perspectives. Stop off in São Conrado for a picture postcard photo opportunity. You will also get the chance to visit the Taunay Waterfall, the highest cascade in the forest. At Solitude Dam, stop to watch the birds and fish. Then, hike past scenic viewpoints, such as Emperor’s Table, Chinese Viewpoint, and Monkey's Waterfall. At the summit of Tijuca, you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, providing the perfect opportunity to find your bearings in this complicated city!

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Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

6. Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

On this 5-hour tour you will discover the beautiful Tijuca National Park and admire magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro as you enjoy hiking your way to some of the highest peaks in the area. An easy trail takes the group to one of the most stunning summits of Rio de Janeiro with a 1-hour walk. From the top of Pedra Bonita at 696 meters (2,283 feet) and through a unique angle you will see the famous and majestic Pedra da Gavea, one of the highest monoliths (844 meters/2,769 feet) in the world that ends directly in the ocean. Stop at another viewpoint in the park along the way. The trail goes through the Atlantic Rainforest inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forests in the world. On the way up, discover the history of Rio de Janeiro and Tijuca Forest, and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, its golden years, and the reforestation that took place in the 19th century. The tour also drives you from the South Zone to the Tijuca Mountains.

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Rio De Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hike & Grumari Beach Tour

7. Rio De Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hike & Grumari Beach Tour

Explore Pedra do Telegrafo (354m / 1162ft), one of the best Ecotourism hiking spots in Brazil. Located in a huge State park with unspoiled beaches, spend time in lush forests and the Marambaia restinga. The attraction is located in Barra de Guaratiba (West Zone), approximately a 1-hour drive from the South Zone of Rio. The easy trail takes around 1 hour and is of light intensity. On the return trip from Pedra do Telegrafo (Telegraph’s Rock) to the city, stop for a sea bath at Grumari beach. Enjoy the way back, going through all the beaches along the shore of Rio, with nice spots to shoot photos.

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Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

8. Rio: Tijuca Forest Historical Hike & Cachoeira das Almas

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.

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Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

9. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

The Sugar Loaf compound is one of Rio's most famous icons and consists of two hills. The higher hill is Sugar Loaf, and the lower is Urca Hill. The Costão Trail, which takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf, requires a quick climb of about 15 meters and is considered easy. All safety equipment is included throughout your hiking tour. Once having climbed the mountain, the views of Copacabana Beach, the Urca District, Guanabara Bay, Cristo Redentor, and other locations, are completely priceless. On your way down you will take the cable car to Urca Hill, before enjoying a short and easy trail back to the ground. Once back at the base, you will be driven back to your tour starting location. You can schedule this tour in the morning or early afternoon, and in the case of bad weather, this tour may be replaced.

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From Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day Trek to Pedra do Sino

10. From Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day Trek to Pedra do Sino

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and head to Serra dos Órgãos National Park. Named by Portugues settlers for its peaks that resemble the organ pipes in European cathedrals, this park is filled with lush forests, waterfalls, and freshwater streams. Trek up to Pedra do Sino (Bell Stone) at a height of (2275m/7465ft) and admire regional landmarks such as Dedo de Deus (God's Finger peak), the Garrafão, and the Escalavrado as well as Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Ocean.  The adventure begins with hotel pick up from Rio's South Zone. Drive 1.5 hours to Teresópolis in an air-conditioned car and begin the 13-km (8.1-mile) ascent. Stop for a break and a drink from a freshwater stream and admire the waterfalls and forests along the path. After reaching the summit, the guide will lead the group to explore the incredible sights, plants, and animals.  This hike is recommended for people in good physical condition and with an adventurous spirit. At the end of the day, we will return to Rio and stop on the way for free time for a snack.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Rather steep climb in places and difficult by the heat of the day but accessible to the greatest number anyway. I was accompanied by my husband and my 2 children (11.7) who followed the guide without problem. You must have good shoes that hang and lots of water to hydrate yourself during breaks. The view is magnificent and it is the reward for the ascent. On site photo taken by the guide with our camera and by a professional if desired against 40 reals. Caico and Jessee were perfect guides explaining the details of the site during the ascent but also during the day on Rio in general. Lunch possible after the ascent by the sea. Quality restaurant with a beautiful view. Plan the day. We left at 5:30 am from Copacabana and returned around 5:00 pm due to heavy traffic. I recommend this outing.

I was really glad that I booked it since it has been one of the best hikes I have ever done. The scenery is amazing the climbing bit is really cool but what really made the difference and topped up the whole experience was Jessie our guide. We really enjoyed the fact that it was just two of us and she had time for us to make our tour even better. She is an amazing picture taker and we have gorgeous memories to take back home.

This experience was absolutely amazing!! As we were just with 3 people, a small group. Enough attention from the tour guide, as we arrived quite early at the place. It was immediately our turn for pictures instead of waiting for hours. I definitely would recommend this for everyone!!

I was want be there and I made. Bit scared because my body condition was not good. But my guide was super. She just wait for second of she so me in pain. It's just amazing trip! Happy and can tell go everyone who can and want!!

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