The scenery of this tour is amazing and more than nature, it has a lot of adventurous moments when we pass by peaks, rocks and cliffs that give us panoramic views that are not featured in most tours.
The trail starts at a cozy location inside the park, called Bom Retiro, with a large parking lot and restrooms. The trails takes about 1:20 minutes to the summit , mostly sheltered and considered to be easy even for first timers. There is about 700 m of elevation that needs to be covered in a 5 km trail, with an average incline of around 14%. Small mammals like raccoons and monkeys, as well as different species of birds may be seen along the way. Once we are near the summit, a stone stairway calls everyone`s attention. It was especially made for the Belgian King, Albert the 1st, an avid mountaineer who visited Rio de Janeiro in 1920.
Some historians speculate that the King Albert never really used the stairway, but instead, he went natural, despite the bad weather conditions at the time. On the way up, you will learn and discover the history of Rio and Tijuca Forest and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, the reforestation that took place in the XIX century and a lot about the flora and the ecology of the rainforest.
After the hike, refresh yourself showering in a water fall (bring towel and bathing suit).