Tijuca Forest Traverse
Tijuca forest, the world’s largest urban forest, offers wonderful scenery and many trails stretching to a breathtaking outlook.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the city, but also expect to be pleased with a tranquil ambiance, this route is perfect for you. The trail runs from Rue Boa Vista, through Tijuca forest to the peak of the hill featuring stunning vistas along both sides.
The pretty route is only 5-miles in length, passing numerous parks, observation points, and several waterfalls to stop by. Shade from the dense trees is a gift to help stay cool and relieved from the strong sun during hotter months. Keep your eyes open for wildlife too: monkeys, birds and butterflies.
The route is gradual and can become steep in some stretches, which makes it bearable yet challenging for intermediate riders. Advanced cyclists can extend this route by riding to Vista Chinesa on the way down.
The whole trail is on road with smooth and flat terrain, except for a short rocky part on top. The route gets steeper as you climb.
The route is easily accessed from Rua Boa Vista. When you are at the entrance to the forest, you will have to leave your name and show your identity to the security of the park before having access to the trail.
Food and drink
Bring some snacks and water when you go exploring.
If you look for some spots near the trail to enjoy your lunch, try out the Os Esquilos Restaurant right on the way: a cozy, historic restaurant in the Tijuca Forest with a varied menu.
Another option is to leave the forest behind and visit Bar da Pracinha at Praça Afonso Viseu.
The trail is enjoyed by people on bikes as well as people walking and driving.
Pico da Tijuca trail base on the top is truly a gem of the forest. It has rain shelter, picnic tables, bathrooms, a refreshing water fountain, and car parking. The route is family friendly and offers a totally spectacular view from the highest point.
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