Rio's first Jungle Bike Tour invites you to escape the city heat and bike in nature! This Full Day Jungle Tour gives you great insight to the vast amount of nature inside of Rio's famous Tijuca National Park.
What to Expect
The Tijuca Forest is a protected area since 1851. On this tour, you bike the oldest route of the forest which was used by the second emperor of Brazil, D.Pedro II, which helps better understand the history of Brazil. You also cycle a part of the same route that will be used for the 2016 Summer Olympic games for Cycling races. Be a part of history and cycle the Olympic road.
You begin by being picked up from where you are staying in Rio and driving up to the top of the Corcovado Mountain where you officially start the tour by visiting the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue. After taking in this breath-taking 360 degree panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, you start the bike ride through the jungle after a brief orientation introducing you to your bike for the day.
The route starts out with a very slight incline to warm up the legs along Paineiras Road. After several minutes of cycling, you soon feel that you are no longer in the city. The chirping birds, buzzing bugs and small waterfalls treat your senses. You also have the chance to dip your head in the water to cool off. You cycle along this first sector of the jungle stopping several times to snap photos of the city down below you. You then descend out of the first sector of the forest to the lane that divides the Tijuca National Park and leads from the North to the South of the city.
The second part of this tour you will enter the sector B of Tijuca's National Park, where you encounter your first steady climb of the day. Legs burning and heart pumping, you arrive to the Cascatinha waterfall which calls for a photo or two and is perfect timing for a brief rest. You then continue the climb until the Visitor's Center, allowing you to have a bathroom break, see 3D maps of the jungle and better understand all of the flora and fauna that you encounter throughout the day. From here you continue the climb, steepest climb of the day, until your lunch spot (Bom Retiro and Excelsior viewpoint). Very few people visit this area, leaving you with a quiet place to reflect on the beauty of the jungle that you are so fortunate to be cycling in. This is your time to re-energize with a picnic lunch and prepare for the downhill to come.
Hopping back on your bikes feeling refreshed, you begin your descent out of this sector of the jungle. You stop once by Solitude Pond to observe the colorful fish swimming around this peaceful little lagoon. You then enter the 3rd and last sector of the tour which also gives you your last uphill of the day. Before you know it, you are making your way over the hill to your final descent where some of the finest viewpoints await you as you see the Emperor's Table, where the Emperor used to drink his tea overlooking the city of Rio. You then continue your descent, with a breeze coming up the hill from Ipanema and Leblon beaches in the distance, towards your final- one of the most panoramic - viewpoint of the day, Chinese View.
Then you take the steep descent (for confident cyclists only) down to the Botanical Garden which happens to be the finishing point to this unforgettable experience. You end by getting recommendations for other things to do in Rio whether it be restaurants, nightlife, museums, sporting events and more.
- Transportation service
- Mountain bike
- Experience guide(s)
- Support vehicle
What's Not Included
- Entrance to Christ the Redeemer Statue
Know Before You Go
• Please wear weather-appropriate clothing with closed toe shoes.