Experience Brazil’s Natural Beauty on These 9 Outdoor Rio de Janeiro Tours
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from cable car on Sugarloaf Mountain | © ncamerastock / Alamy Stock Photo
Whether in a botanic garden or organically in Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro has stunning plant and animal life along with mesmerizing views and natural wonders. Take a boat on Guanabara Bay or check out a UNESCO-listed biosphere with these 10 outdoor tours that highlight Rio’s natural beauty.
Rio de Janeiro is bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and contains within it the largest urban forest in the world. Suffice it to say, the city is filled with opportunities to see some natural beauty. Whether riding in a Jeep, walking on foot, biking or rafting, these excursions offer the chance to get out of the museums and on an adventure. Experience the lush plant life in Tijuca National Park, the stunning rushing waters of the Jequitibá Waterfall and the thrilling optical illusion of the Pedra do Telégrafo cliff on these 10 outdoor tours.
AdmissionRio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
Spend an idyllic tour at the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, or Jardim Botânico. On this guided tour of the sprawling UNESCO biosphere reserve, amble down the Avenue of the Royal Palms, and stroll past trees and plant life from around the world, including gigantic water lilies from the Amazon. Learn the garden’s history and glimpse wildlife such as monkeys and toucans along the way. Then enjoy free time to wander the grounds on your own before taking transport back to Rio hotels.
ToursOpen Sunset Sailing Tour
This is an amazing opportune to see the beauty of Rio de Janeiro from a unique angle and an exclusive vibe. We sail passing close by the Fortress of São José, Fortress Lage, and Fortes Santa Cruz, in the direction to Island of Boa Viagem in Niterói. We also pass by the Museum of Contemporary Art and come back with the amazing view of the sunset in the front of the boat. All the way we have Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer in the horizon of the scenery. The tour finishes by getting the best of the Sunset. In total we will have 3 hours of cruise. We also make part of the itinerary one stop to swim at Adão e Eva beach. In the price of the tour is included a complete packet of drinks with fresh-made Caipirinhas, Sparkling White Wine, Bier, Juice, Coke and Water. The drinks are followed by snacks and finger foods that combine in the perfect way. We receive a maximum of 14 passengers on board; that makes the tour really exclusive.
ToursRio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch
Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay’s islands and forts as you cruise the idyllic waters. From the water you can see Rio’s downtown, cruise just below planes landing in Santos Dumont Airport, see the Museum of Tomorrow, go under the Niterói Bridge and see the lovely beaches from Rio’s sister city, as well as seeing the famous Oscar Niemeyer Museum. The Guanabara Bay Cruise includes roundtrip transportation from your Rio de Janeiro hotel. An optional all you can eat barbecue lunch is also available on your return, in a local Rio restaurant.
ToursHorto Waterfalls Circuit Adventure Tour in Tijuca National Park
Enjoy the Horto waterfalls tour with a specialist guide. The hike begins at Jequitibá Waterfall and ends at Shower Waterfall, also known as Box Waterfall. All waterfalls in the tour are permitted for bathing and shower.
ToursBiking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Experience unique views on this 5-hour biking and hiking tour in Rio de Janeiro. Cycle along Copacabana Beach to the now peaceful favela of Vidigal. Drive to the beginning of the hiking trail and then hike to the top of the Two Borthers Hills peak for amazing views over the city and sea.
ToursMost Rewarding Hike in Rio: Pedra da Gávea Trail
Join us on a brilliant adventure as we hike up to the summit of the majestic Pedra da Gávea mountain. At almost 3000 feet high above Rio, you will feel like you are on top of the world!
ToursPedra do Telégrafo Hiking Tour
At 1,161 feet (354 meters) high, Pedra do Telégrafo, located in Pedra Branca State Park, offers sweeping views of beaches and Guaratiba Hill. With a guide, you'll hike to the summit, stopping at viewpoints along the way for photo ops. When booking, you can select the group tour option or upgrade to a private tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Rio de Janeiro.
ToursTijuca National Park Jungle Hike from Rio de Janeiro
Hike through the Tijuca National Park on this 3-hour tour. Stop at a refreshing natural lagoon to slide down and swim in the waterfall. Learn the secrets of a tropical jungle and experience be in the second biggest urban forest in the world. Tour also offers complimentary hotel pick up and drop off.
ToursTijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro
Hop in an open Jeep for a morning tour of the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Tijuca National Park. This section of Brazil’s Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) offers panoramic views from Vista Chinesa (Chinese View). Your 4-hour eco-tour includes an easy hike with a guide, giving you the chance to spot monkeys, birds and butterflies — even sloths! You'll be amazed by the remarkable contrast of a tropical rainforest right at the edge of a big city.