Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Beautiful Waterfalls on Tijuca Peak.
Tijuca National Forest is the largest urban rain forest in the world.
Most of the area was onced logged until the hills were barren. Then they decided to replant trees throughout the area, instead of just using local trees, they decided to also plant trees from Asia and other places.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

An old tile map of the Tijuca National Park



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

From the summit of Tijuca Peak looking northeast toward the Rio-Niteroi Bridge.
The Maracană is visible below.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Nearing the summit of Tijuca Peak



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Ancient veination on the primative tropical plants.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema and Lagoa



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The Sugarloaf and the Christ (Hidden behind the radio towers)
Guanabara Bay, Piratininga Beach and Camboinhas Beach are visible in the background.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The Maracană and the Maracanăzinho



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Tijuca City as seen from atop Tijuca Peak.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Looking east over the Sugarloaf and Guanabara Bay
toward Niteroi and Lagoa de Piratininga



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pico do Papagaio (Parrot Peak)



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pedra Bonita (Pretty Rock)



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pedra Bonita and Pedra da Gavea with it's head in the clouds



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Antennae and TV transmitters
The Sugarloaf sits below.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The Christ Statue on Corcovado can be seen on the other side of the transmitters.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Lagoa, Morro do Cabrito



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Interesting Brazilian Flies



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Golden Beetle



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Tijuca, the Bridge to Niteroi, and the Maracană can be seen.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Maracană stadium and the hill on the right.








Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

From atop Tijuca Peak looking northeast over Tijuca and downtown Rio.
The bridge to Niteroi is visible.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Dense Jungle meets Dense City.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Jungle



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Looking across Guanabara Bay to Icarai Beach south of Niteroi



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The sign to Pico da Tijuca (Tijuca Peak)



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Quati - Brazilian Raccoons



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Quati
They always travel in large groups



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The old man face on Pedra da Gavea



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Another view of the face on Pedra da Gávea.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pedra da Gávea



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Tamarines
Mico Monkeys



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Tamarines



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pepino Beach and Pedra da Gávea.





Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Wicked looking spider
Looks like a type of Argiope



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Lagoa and Ipanema



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Jockey Club next to Lagoa



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Looking east toward the back of Christ the Redeemer
Cristo Redentor



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pico do Corcovado, Hunchback Peak.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

The giant statue of Christ.



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Pedra da Gavea and Pedra Bonita



Tijuca National Forest, Rio de Janeiro

Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) and Rocinha (Little Ranch), the largest slum in Brazil.









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