The Tijuca Forest is an enormous nature reserve in the City of Rio - at thirty two square kilometers it covers 7% of the city's area. It's huge.
There are several sights in the forest, the most notable of course being the Christ statue. There are also many viewpoints on the mountain and this composite image is from one called Vista Chinesa. (Please also note the clear blue skies in all photos!)
Tijuca Forest also has several little waterfalls around the Corcovado Mountain. We stopped at one, and Lili and Julia had a great time cooling off in the clear water.
It should be noted that it is not actually that easy to swim in Rio. The water quality at the beaches varies, and some of the better beaches have pretty big waves - good for surfing but not that great for with ght year olds. There are no public pools in the Rio at all, and we do not have access to the upscale hotels' rooftop pools. So it was all the more pleasant to be able to have a quick splash in nature.