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.
Floresta da Tijuca
Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - 1008
Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000, Lagoa
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Praia do Recreio das Bandeirantes