The Tijuca forest has several waterfalls, of which the 35m high Cascatinha de Taunay (The Taunay Waterfalls) is the most spectacular. After a couple of minutes by the waterfall and hundreds of pictures later, we moved on to see the Chinese Belvedere. The Vista Chinesa (Chinese Belvedere) is one of the belvederi of Rio de Janeiro, at the topmost of one of the roads that connect the Botanical Gardens area to the Parque Nacional & Tijuca forests, known as the Vista Chinesa. It is said that the Chinese dragons on the Belvedere were looking down to see the city of Rio because it was so stunning, compared to how their heads are usually depicted to look up.
One blog post had this to say about the Belvedere,
“The idea of what you see from the Chinese Belvedere (from where you have 13 scenic views) is how it’s almost theatrical to be in a rainforest in this South America metropolis-the heart of a jungle and the heart of a concrete jungle!!”
After a 15 minute bus ride, we reached the Botanical gardens, where a hint of the richness in the biodiversity of Brazil was seen. Wandering through the gardens, we were overcome by a feeling of being in heaven. Our bus tour guides did a good job of explaining the significance of the trees in the gardens and it is here where one could see the Brazilwood trees – the tree from which Brazil got its name. It has a dense, orange-red wood (which takes a high shine), and it is the most frequently used wood for making bows for string instruments from the violin family. The wood also gives a red dye called brazilin.
When Pedro Álvares Cabral found Brazil, he named it after the brazilwood that he found there.
The Biz Dev Blog Team