Photos

Photographer's Note

The Açude Musuem is located inside the Tijuca Forest, que biggest urban forest in the world. It is a rainforest type and home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest.

After all the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms, Tijuca Forest was replanted by Major Manuel Gomes Archer in the second half of the 19th century in a successful effort to protect Rio's water supply.

In 1961, Tijuca Forest was declared a National Park. The Forest contains a number of attractions, most notably the colossal sculpture of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain. Other attractions include the Cascatinha Waterfall; the Mayrink Chapel, with murals painted by Cândido Portinari; the light pagoda-style gazebo at Vista Chinesa outlook; and the giant granite picnic table called the Mesa do Imperador. Among its impressive peaks is the Pedra da Gávea.

Other photos from turistics places at Tijuca Forest:

Blue Jesus
Children Days
Time to Restart
Let it Flow

Selmik has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 443
Points: 4
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Andre Bonavita (bona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1268 W: 116 N: 2468] (12229)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH