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Floresta da Tijuca by johonbravo Floresta da Tijuca by johonbravo
Cellular and communications towers migle with trees and hundreds of species of plants and wildlife in the Floresta da Tijuca.

The forest now covers 32 square kilometers in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, making it the word's largest urban rainforest.

The entire forest was once a sugarcane plantation back in the 1880's, but the landowner along with six workers replanted the entire thing by hand in an effort to save Rio's water supply.

Corcovado, its highest peak, jets 2300 feet into the air, and is home to one of the Worlds 7 New Wonders, the statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).

It was declared a National Park in 1961.
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