Vista Chinesa Walking Tour

Vista Chinesa - A Chinese Pavilion and one of the best views Rio has to offer

Pagoda and Viewpoint at Vista Chinesa
Pagoda and Viewpoint at Vista Chinesa cc licensed flickr photo shared by marcusrg

If you want to enjoy what many consider one of the best views of Rio the be see, head on up to the Vista Chinesa. Here you will not only get to enjoy spectacular views of the city and mountains without the high cost of getting to some of the other vantage points, but you will also get a taste of Chinese culture as it was represented in Brazil.

If you want to enjoy what many consider one of the best views of Rio the be see, head on up to the Vista Chinesa. Here you will not only get to enjoy spectacular views of the city and mountains without the high cost of getting to some of the other vantage points, but you will also get a taste of Chinese culture as it was represented in Brazil.

Vista Chinesa is a lookout featuring a Chinese style pavilion located in the Tijuca Forest of Rio de Janeiro. It was inaugurated in 1903 by the mayor of Rio Periera Passos and was restored in 2013 after 110 years of existence. The restoration included a new paint job and manual restoration to maintain the style of the monument. It is thought that the monument was built to commemorate the arrival of Chinese in Rio de Janeiro bringing tea to the Portuguese. Unfortunately, the tea plantations were not overly successful though it is not certain whether this was due to incompetence on the part of the plantation managers or due to an incompatible environment.

The Vista Chinesa is situated at 380 meters above sea level which means that you can see views of the South Zone of Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue, the Sugar Loaf mountain and the lagoon. The view alone is enough to make this hike worth your while.

The Tijuca Forest is a national park and a very popular place to visit if you are in Rio de Janeiro. it is popular, not only for its attractions, vistas, and nature, but also for the opportunities to engage in hiking, running, cycling and even longboarding.

This is more of an uphill walk on a paved road than a hike, but some might consider it a hike just the same. It's a tad under 4 kilometres from where the bus drops you to the lookout which should take you about one hour to walk at a modest pace; a bit longer if you need to stop and rest a few times along the way. Going back it's downhill and therefore easy. We recommend you allow a minimum of 2 hours for the round trip from the bus stop; but 2&frac2; is probably ideal.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-6pm

Address: Estrada da Vista Chinesa, 789 - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Official Website: Vista Chinesa Walking Tour

Map and Directions

How to get to Vista Chinesa Walking Tour on Public Transit

Metro and Metro Bus and City Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - GreenBotafogo2 Hours Round Trip

Take the Metro to Botafogo Station. Take the Saõ Clemente exit and walk back to the bus stop eastbound on Rua Saõ Clemente just east of Rua Nelson Mandela. Catch the #409 Jardim Botanico city bus and ride its last stop on Rua Pacheco Leao. This is a regular city bus and will require a separate cash fare both going and returning after you hike, so make sure you have the appropriate fare ready. Exit the bus and continue up Rua Pacheco Leao going right at the 'Y' up Estrado Dona Castorina. Continue walking into the park and simply follow the paved road all the way to the lookout. Note that there is no sidewalk on this road, and while it is quiet, you should be vigilant for cars.

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