Catacumba Park is a nature reserve on the banks of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Its name means ‘catacomb’, after a legend that this hillside was once used as a burial place by the local indigenous people. Today, though, your spookiest encounter amongst the trees is likely to be with one of the open air sculptures which populate the easy, paved walkways of the lower part of the park. Meanwhile the upper part will probably be the highlight for younger visitors, where treetop boardwalks lead you into the dense forest.
As with Rio’s other green spaces, a wide variety of flora and fauna are to be found in Catacumba Park. Brazilian trees like the Flamboyant (Delonix Regia), the Jurubeba (Solanum Paniculatum), Frutas-de-Morcego and Sombreiro (Clitorea Racemosa) are highlights. So too birds such as rolinhas (a local dove), sabiá-laranjeira (Rufous-bellied Thrush), cambaxirra (Tooth-billed Wren) and canário-sapê (Orange-headed Tanager).
A 600m trail gives access to the Mirante do Sacopã viewpoint, looking out over the Lagoa and racetrack.
Catacumba Park also hosts an extreme sports area, with rock-climbing, death slide and a climbing wall.
Parque da Catacumba - Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000 - Lagoa - Tel: 2247-9949
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-5pm (6pm in the summer).
Telefone: 21 2247-9949
High Ropes(Adult) - circuit 7 meters from the ground, 120 meters long, with 9 different obstacles. Price: R$30.
Tree Canopy (children) - circuit 2 meters from the ground, 65 meters long with 5 different obstacles, ideal for children (minimum age required 4 years old). Price: R$20.
Climbing wall- 7 meters tall wall with the different levels of difficulty. Price: R$15.
Rappel - the plataform stands on top of the Pedra do Urubu, 130 meters from sea level. To reach the base, there is a 15 minute trail. Minimum required age: 12 years old. A 24 hour reservation prior to the tour is necessary. Price: R$40. |
Tyrolean crossing - with a 75 meter extension, the zip-line offers the adventure tourist an opportunity to see the sights of the Wonderful City from a different angle. minimum age required 6 years old. Price: R$20.