Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is a must see for anyone who loves plants and gardens

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden cc licensed photo by Felipe Ventura dos Santos

When visiting Rio, sometimes you just need a bit of a time-out from all of the hustle and bustle of the city. This is something that the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is certain to provide.

The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden was founded in 1808 by Prince Regent Dom Joao. He intended for it to be a research center in addition to a recreational area. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is not just a place to go and see the local flora, there are also plants brought in from other parts of the world. You will be able see the first tea, cloves and cinnamon which were brought to Brazil in an attempt to grow them locally instead of having to import them. There are over five and a half thousand different species of plants in the gardens which makes for pleasant strolls and a peaceful exploration of nature. Some of the highlights include a lake filled with enormous water lilies, beautiful orchids, a selection of carnivorous plants and a Japanese Garden.

Interestingly, the row of 134 palms which form the Avenue of Royal Palms are all descended from a single tree. The Palma Mater can no longer be seen as it was hit and destroyed by lightning many years ago.

When you are tired of looking at the flora, you can take a turn through the library. The library is one of the largest of its kind. It contains more than thirty two thousand volumes all focused on botany. There are also a number of monuments which have great historical and cultural value to the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro. For example, there is the Fountain of the Muses which was made in Derby in England and was at Henrique Lage's Villa until 1895 and there is an old gunpowder factory on the premises.

The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is found at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain in the shadow of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Only forty percent of the park's 140 hectares are cultivated. The rest of the park is natural Atlantic Forest. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1992.

For a slight change of pace and a moment of relaxation, visit the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. You will see plants that cannot be seen outside of Rio de Janeiro and take a break from the chaos of the city all at the same time.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil

Phone: (21) 3874-1808

Official Website: Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden


Rated 4.7 out of 5Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro Star Rating

5 Star Rating Most beautiful botanical garden I’ve visited. We had a great peaceful time! I would advise to go early on hot days and to bring repellent. Make sure to have cash on you when you want to buy the tickets there as they don’t accept cards. Online purchase only possible with a Brazilian creditcard.

Soraya M - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful garden, definitely worth a visit! Have a bite to eat at the café also, the food is just delicious! ♥️

Roxanne Panaite - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Sure the biggest orchid variety that I have seen, just so beautiful. The park was so peaceful, we followed the recommended route and had the opportunity to see some of Brazil's native trees. Totally worth visiting!

ina keridou - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful oasis of calm. Lots of unusual plants and trees. Sadly the orchid house was closed for the day, but we had a lovely wander round.

Jane Plumb - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Loved visiting this historical Botanical Garden. It's absolutely stunning, surrounded by the jungle covered hillsides of Rio. The Garden itself, is very beautiful. I would suggest spending a whole day here so you're able to see everything. I would also suggest bringing your own food and drinks as the "snack bars" or little cafés don't have very good food and are expensive. The historical context of the Garden is fascinating. Dating back to 1808 when the Portuguese moved the capital from Salvador (where they first landed in Brasil 300 years earlier) to Rio de Janeiro. The old growth trees and stone waterways are really special and worth the visit in itself, especially if you're a tree lover. The exhibits I wasn't as impressed with, such as the Orquidario and Medicinal Plants. I felt that they could do a much better job at showcasing these plants. Especially the medicinal garden, the plants were sad and unhealthy and it was clearly not being maintained well. I say this as a farmer/gardener and only because being a famous Botanical Garden I had pretty high expectations. I also wish they incorporated more of the plants and fruit that is growing at the Garden into the experience. For example, there are jackfruit trees growing all over the property, the ripe fruit not being harvested, many rotting on the ground. There are many beautiful species of wildlife that do eat the fruit and plants, but so much more that's not being utilized. Overall the work (research & study) they do from and at the Garden is incredible and valuable and the experience was amazing. We will definitely be visiting again and again. I'm excited to see the evolution of the Garden over the years. Top 10 favorite places to visit in Rio for sure!

Cultured Life Foods - 17 days ago

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Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - GreenBotafogo5 MInutes

How to get to Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden 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' and ride it to the Jardim Botanico Baixo Gávea stop. Exit the bus and walk north along Av. Rodrigo Otavio which becomes Rua Jardim Botanico until you see the entrance to the Garden on your left (5 minutes).

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