Pico da Tijuca Trail
ABOUT OUR PICO DA TIJUCA TRAIL
Pico da Tijuca is the highest mountain of Tijuca National Park. With about 1.000 meters of altitude, it has a privileged city view. The trail runs 2.800 meters and shows the beauty of our Atlantic Forest. It is possible to see several species of local flora and fauna.
Trail starts at Bom Retiro square, 660 meters high. We follow the route to Pico da Tijuca top in about an hour (one way). The walk is a Rio de Janeiro reference in mountaineering practice and it is even indicated for beginners.
To get to the trail beginning, we cross Tijuca Forest, passing through waterfalls and lookouts, such as Chinese View and Emperor's Table Monument, from where you can see the city in different perspectives.
In 1853, a German biologist named Hermann Burmeister opened this track for local flora and fauna research and study.
Our Republic President Epitacio Pessoa, on the occasion of Belgium King Albert I visit - a natural mountaineer, ordered the carving of the 117 steps that give access to the peak. To facilitate this climb, he ordered thick chains to be placed, simulating a railing, to make it easier for those who climbed.
The King, very conservative, did not appreciate this mime. He ignored the stairs and climbed the stone. At the end of the climb, although it was made on a cloudy day, after reaching the top, he praised our nature: "Your country has the most seductive and exciting nature in the world."
A LITTLE OF PICO DA TIJUCA HISTORY
A German biologist named Hermann Burmeister opened the trail, in 1853, for flora and fauna local studies.
In 1920, the then Republic president Epitacio Pessoa ordered the carving of the 117 steps that give access to the peak, and also placed thick railing chains to facilitate ascent. Work purpose was Belgium King Albert I visit, a mountaineer soul.
However, people say that when the monarch saw the staircase and was informed that it had been made to facilitate his access to the top, he, a conservative climber, did not liked and ignored it, finishing the walk climbing the stone.
Despite the cloudy day, on reaching the top, the monarch exclaimed: "Your country has the most seductive and exciting nature in the world."
HOW TO SCHEDULE PICO DA TIJUCA RIDE
We have daily departures to Pico da Tijuca track and you can choose the best date for you.
We need at least 02 people. If you are alone, join a group.
To schedule, click on "RESERVE" button and fill in the short form.
After completing, you will be directed to payment page and must pay the amount of R$60,00 per person (our reservation fee is 30% of the amount charged on the tour - per person). In the case of a 2 people group scheduling, it should be paid the amount of R$120,00.
Please read and agree to our terms and conditions, then click SUBMIT. Reservation must be paid by credit card (PayPal) or by account deposit (only for people who have a Brazilian account). The rest of the amount must be paid in cash, directly to the responsible guide at the tour beginning. We usually need at least 48 hours notice to schedule this tour. If the chosen date does not appear on our reservation calendar, send us an email requesting availability. If you wish to pay full amount in advance, we can send you an invoice via PayPal. Payment must be made no later than 72 hours before the tour date.
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We do not operate this tour during Carnival season, on holidays sundays, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st.
In case of large goups, with 5 or more people, the amount charged becomes R$180,00 per person.
02 people - If you are traveling alone, we can try to fit you into other groups. If you want to do it alone, without a group fit, it will be charged the amount of R$400,00.
Pick up at hotel - Stop at Taunay Cascatinha (largest waterfall in the Forest) - Visit to National Park Visitors Center - Track to Pico da Tijuca - Emperor's Table Monument - Chinese View - Monkey Falls - Return to hotel
SUGGESTED BEGINNING TIME
Light clothing, bathing suits, sunscreen and sneakers or sports sandals.
Transportation and bilingual accredited guide. Tijuca National Park entrance is free.
RIDE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Food & Beverage