RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tijuca's beauty prompted Dom Pedro II to initiate an expropriation process in mid-19th century, in order to promote reforestation and enable the vegetation's natural regeneration.
Now, the almost 40 km² that comprise the Tijuca National Park make it the largest urban forest replanted by man. Three of the city's most important tourist attractions are found in this area: Christ the Redeemer, Vista Chinesa and Pedra Bonita.
Over 200 bird species and other animals inhabit the park, representing the entire diversity of Brazilian fauna. In the week of the 60th anniversary of this . . .