Nature & Wildlife in Rio de Janeiro

With its steamy tropical heat and dense jungle, Rio de Janeiro nature and wildlife is more abundant than you would expect to find in a major city.



The city dwellers sit side by side with animal inhabitants, and keep an eye out for micos (marmoset monkeys) swinging from treetops and telephone wires across the city.



You don't have to get too far off the beaten track so see magnificent plant and birdlife, with the beautiful Botanical Gardens being a good place to see spectacular native plants as well as brightly colored butterflies and, if you're lucky, even parrots and toucans.



Rio de Janeiro is also home to the world's largest city forest - the Parque Nacional da Tijuca - and adventurous types can see some spectacular wildlife here, although the sheer scale of the place makes it highly advisable to head here with an experienced guide.



For a tamer look at wildlife and nature in Rio de Janeiro, the city's zoo makes an educational day out for families, and will easily occupy a full morning or afternoon.

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Parque Nacional de Tijuca

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Floresta da Tijuca

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Jardim Botânico

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - 1008

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Jardim Zoológico

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

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Parque Lage

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico

Gorgeous Gardens and Grounds... read more

Parque da Catacumba

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000, Lagoa

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Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise

Island-hopping Adventures... read more

Vargem Grande

Vargem Grande

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Morro da Urca

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Praia Vermelha

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Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Recreio Beach

Praia do Recreio das Bandeirantes

Surf, Sand and Sunbathing... read more
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