Lage Park | Parque Lage

Rio's Lage Park is stunning and highly recommended

Park Lage
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 4.7 out of 5Parque Lage Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful place to be in contact with nature, it's like to be in the jungle inside of the city. Love this place.

Alex Reyes - 24 days ago

3 Star Rating Great ambiance. Mediocre food. Bad drinks. Overpriced.

Aaron Gutman - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating We did not drive here we took an Uber. I'm not sure about the parking situation here. Beautiful place, free to come in and theres a lot to see here. it is a state park and has old houses that are used as art gallery, you also have plenty of older castle like constructions, caves and pretty natural bridges all over the park. it is a nice and peaceful place in the city. We saw monkeys jumping around the trees and walking at the roof of the buildings it was pretty great to be Able to see that. After all the waling we tried to go to the cafe place located inside the park, the experience sadly was not super great and I did a separate review about it, the car is called PLAGE. The park itself is pretty nice, as for the cafe make sure to read the other review before you visit them.

erica explains - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful park! Great trails, gorgeous greenery. The start of the hike to Christ the Redeemer statue is there - signage makes it very easy to follow.

Kathryn Hagerty - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Parque Lage is absolutely stunning and will take your breath away upon the gradual approach to the main entrance. The inside is gorgeous and the views of Christ the redeemer on a clear day are unique. There is a cafe where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee and forget about your troubles; perhaps even take a moment to pretend you’re in a colonial era & living like royalty. But, do not grow complacent simply walking around the immediate vicinity. The Parque is large & has many tangential trails you can walk, disappearing into a portion of the Atlantic Rainforest. Entering the tranquility of the rainforest is refreshing, especially in the middle of a city like Rio. Best of all, it is completely safe! A must do when visiting.

Karol Gawrych - 2 months ago

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