When visiting Rio de Janeiro it is almost impossible not to have a connection with the Tijuca Forest. In the first place because the world-famous statue of the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is located in the park. But there are more reasons to visit the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, besides the statue. The Tijuca Forest National Park was officially created and transformed into a National Park in 1961, while this name became official only six years later. It now covers an area of almost 40 square kilometers and therefore is one of the biggest urban parks in the world. We give you a couple of not-to-miss highlights when visiting the park.