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.
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.