Tijuca National Park
Brazil, Rio De Janeiro

Tijuca National Park is the largest city park. It is located in the western part of Rio de Janeiro. The park covers an area of more than 39 sq. Km. This is the most popular National Park in Brazil, which is visited annually by more than 3 million people, including Brazilians and foreign tourists. Tijuca National Park is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. To create this park, the territory of the Tijuca Natural Forest, the mountains of Serra da Carioca and Mount Corcovado, the ancient rock monoliths Pedra da Gavea and Pedra Bunita were combined. The official opening ceremony of the Tijuc National Park took place on July 6, 1961. The famous statue of Christ the Savior is located on the top of Mount Corcovado and is the pride of this park. The observation deck of Don Marta, Vista Chinez, decorated with a Chinese-style pavilion, as well as Mesa do Imperator, which means "emperor’s table", are popular with tourists. From the observation deck you can admire the beautiful scenery of Rio de Janeiro. The flora and fauna of Tijuca National Park are typical of the Atlantic forest of Brazil. The park has a rich fauna and flora: mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, as well as plants found only in tropical climates. The park is very beautiful. It looks like a fairy-tale world of mysterious Amazonian jungle with waterfalls and streams, with outlandish animals and birds. Not far from the main entrance to the National Park is a picturesque waterfall named after the French artist Nicolau Tone. Nearby is the 19th century Mainrink Chapel, inside of which are paintings of the famous Brazilian painter Candida Portinari. Not far from the National Park is the famous Asoudi Museum, located in a neocolonial building. Since the end of the 19th century, the building belonged to the great businessman Raimund Ottoli di Castro Maya. The museum presents a collection of paintings by French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese masters of the 17-18 centuries. A separate gallery presents a personal collection of Castru Maya, containing masterpieces of oriental art. For tourists, more than 150 route options are offered. It is not recommended to go off the route trails, since you can get lost, so it is better to use the services of an experienced local guide. Car rental is available. Currently, Tijuca National Park is under the tutelage of the Brazilian Institute of Environmental Protection and the Prefecture of Rio de Janeiro.

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