Departure: 9 am
Corcovado — The first official expedition to the Corcovado Mountain was headed by Dom Pedro I, heir to the Brazilian throne at the time. The Art-Deco statue situated at the top of the 710 meters high mountain was inaugurated in October 12, 1931 by then-President Getúlio Vargas.
The “Cristo Redentor” Statue is certainly the most visited and admired monument in Rio de Janeiro with its magnificent 360° panoramic view of the city. With the recently inaugurated escalators and panoramic elevators the two hundred steps climb to the top can thankfully be avoided.
The train ride through the Tijuca rain forest takes about 30min each way during which visitors can appreciate the exuberance of the native flora.
Lunch: NOT INCLUDED
Floresta da Tijuca — With 32km2 Tijuca Forest is the biggest urban forest in the world and home to many extinction threatened species. The Forest with its limestone caves and waterfalls features more then 900 types of plants (including the largest concentration of different Bromelias in the country) and 230 species of animals.
Intensive devastation for wood extraction and coffee cultivation caused in mid 1800s a drought that affected many of the rivers in the area. The forest was re-planted between 1860 e 1873 to protect Rio’s water supply and eventually recovered its natural exuberance and beauty.
Other attractions include the Cascatinha Waterfall; the Mayrink Chapel with murals painted by Cândido Portinari; the light pagoda-style gazebo at Vista Chinesa outlook; and the giant granite picnic table called the Mesa do Imperador. Among its impressive peaks is the Pedra da Gávea.