Bosque da Barra

Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Covering 50 hectares of salt-marsh vegetation, this park is a refuge and breeding area for many small birds and animals, and you might spy capybaras, agouti or marmosets (and caiman gliding through the waters). The woods have a jogging track and cycle path but not much infrastructure (there are no park benches, picnic tables etc).