Lage Park | Parque Lage

Rio's Lage Park is stunning and highly recommended

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Park Lage cc licensed photo by Rodrigo Soldon

Parque Henrique Lage is located at 414, Rua Jardim Botanico, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It lies north of Ipanema Beach and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, at the foot of Corcovado Mountain. This beautiful garden became a public park in the 1960s with no admission charge to the public. Featuring historical architecture (some as old as the 1840s) and protected rainforest gardens with several walking trails. In 2004 the gardens of Parque Henrique Lage became part of the Tijuca National Park.

The park has many adventures for the whole family. Take advantage of one of the picnic areas. There’s a children’s playground. Stroll across the bridges and along the hiking trails, geared for a variety of different levels of hikers. Wander through the Italian villa that got its start in the early 1920s. The historic estate is now a visual arts school: Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. This school is opened to the public. Walk through the halls and witness students at work creating art. Make your way to the balcony that overlooks the villa’s Swimming pool. Enjoy a tasty meal at the Cafe du Lage. At this little oasis you will get a spectacular view of Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.

The park provided the setting where Snoop Dogg and Pharrell filmed their music video “Beautiful.”

In 1922 Henrique lag had the mansion redesigned to please his wife, Italian opera singer Gabriella Besanzon. Henrique Lage hired an Italian architect and designer Mario Vodret, who gave the mansion its Italian marbles, tiles, interior paintings by Salvador Paylos Sabate of salons, and a courtyard that frames the central swimming pool and fountain. This gives you the feeling that you are in an Italian villa. The design added to the existing style gives an eclectic style to the mansion.

To enter the premises you go through double gates inviting you along a windy driveway lined with Royal Palms. This leads to the beautiful structure surrounded by 52 hectares of picturesque gardens and trails. The premises are filled with ponds, lush rainforests and miles of paths that wind through shady areas creating a calming atmosphere. Explore man-made caves, made from artificial rocks and logs. One cave showcasing 12 beautiful aquariums. These aquariums are embedded in the walls, displaying a variety of fish from lakes and rivers in Brazil. The largest tank has the capacity to hold 6,000-litres. Children love to view these gorgeous species.

June 14th, 1957 the Historical and Artistic Institute listed Henrique Lage Park a historical and cultural heritage of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

If you are an experienced hiker, you will likely enjoy hiking up through hills and rainforest to the summit of Corcovado. It is not advisable to hike this trail alone though, as tourists have been robbed on it.

After touring Parque Henrique Lage make your way to Jardim Botanico the nearby Botanical Gardens. These gardens feature plants from all around the world, covering an area of 338 acres. There’s a fee to enter the gardens.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: R. Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22461-000, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2334-4088

Official Website: Lage Park | Parque Lage

Directions

Metro and Metro Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - GreenBotafogo3 MInutes

How to get to Lage Park | Parque Lage by Metro and Metro Bus

Purhase a Metro na Superficie farecard take the Metro to Botafogo Station and transfer to the blue 'Metro na Superficie Bus' destined for Gavea and ride it to the stop far side of Rua Rua Nina Rodrigues which is a little past beyond the park entrance. Exit and walk back along Rua Jamim Botanico to the park entrance. (3 minutes).

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating This was a very pleasant surprise. The caves and bridges to the west of the park were really fun, the main area where the cafe is was crowded, but the rest of the park wasn't. Try to climb the old tower and go around that area, really cool...

Abdel Baligh - 9 days ago

3 Star Rating Very busy and was told I couldn't take a photo unless I used a mobile phone. No explanation. Not impressed. Very pretty though but hoaching with tourists

David Anderson - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Stunning building with a gorgeous park around. Nice cafe i the building where you can relax and enjoy the view. Must see in Rio de Janeiro 😊

Therese Meling - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating What a beautiful place! Amazing architecture with a very green tropical forest around it. There is also a nice cafe serving food and drinks. On a clear day you can see the Christ from there. But even if you can't see it, the visit still worth it. Highly recommend.

Bruno Scalon - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Really cool park with a lot to see! It's quite different to a normal park you might expect to find as it's completely filled with trees and flowers! What I mean by that is there aren't too many places to just sit on the grass and 'people watch' for example. Some great things to see here like the mansion (art workshop) and the mini aquarium.

Aaron Mitchell - 2 months ago

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