Jardim Botânico to Vista Chinesa

Jardim Botânico to Vista Chinesa


The route connecting Jardim Botânico and the observation deck Vista Chinesa in Tijuca forest creates a beautiful loop with stunning views and many chances to visit the city's gardens and parks.

The nice location, well-maintained paths and gorgeous vistas make this trail so appealing to biking tourists. Not only do cyclists enjoy it, but also hikers and walkers share the track as well.

The entire loop runs approximately 7.5 miles including an amazingly demanding 3-mile uphill ascent, which is best ridden by intermediate riders. In the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro only, there are numerous trails featuring diverse flora and fauna.

On the first half of the ride you will roll up through the Municipal Natural Park of the City, where all streams and trails and sculptures appear in the sunlight.


Most of the route is on smooth road with well-paved surfaces and bicycle lanes. The section from where the trail is about to reach the city park to Vista Chinesa is rocky and gradual. Although the whole route is fairly short, it is considered a tough ride due to this hill.


Catch public transport and start your ride right at the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. This map suggests riding from the north side of the garden, on Rua Pacheco Leao.

Food and drink

This route can be “tough” to some people since there are so many good options to eat nearby that they don’t know which to choose!

Let us recommend you some. Puro Restaurant at the end of the ride offers gourmet Brazilian fare and elegant vibe, an excellent place for cyclists who want to explore local food.

If you want to find some of the top restaurants in the city, Mamma Jamma is your spot. It’s a traditional and dessert pizzeria with special dough.

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This loop is a gem in Rio de Janeiro. Make sure to slow down and enjoy everything the ride brings to you: Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Municipal Natural Park of the City, Vista Chinesa, and other delightful parks.

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11.29 km / 7.015 mi

Total Distance

597 m / 1,958 ft

Total Ascent

606 m / 1,989 ft

Total Descent

423 m / 1,388 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
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Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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