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
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 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
|Metro and Metro Bus Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - Green||Botafogo||5 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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Ratedout of 5
The restaurant is very good and the garden is pretty clear and beautiful. Staff is very gentle. One of the best places in Rio
Jeff Valmora - 13 days ago
Stunning botanical garden in the heart of Rio. Themes range from palm-lined avenues to Atlantic rain forests. The most beautiful orchids as well. Near public transport bus stops, although a little far from the metro. Be sure to buy a Rio-Card for these at any tram or metro station, as they are different from the Metro-Card used on the subways. For the rest (all of it), the Rio-Card is good.
De Wet Wolmarans - 23 days ago
Worth visiting to get some peace in the middle of the city. Beautiful palm trees from the imperial times... Nice to hang and chill out.
Alessandra Morais - 24 days ago
Beautiful gardens, providing cooling shade and tranquility in the midst of a busy manic city. Lots of different plants to see and lots of opportunities for photographs. Maps in English available but also good signage throughout the gardens. Staff very friendly and helpful including the security team.
John Bushnell - 2 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Botanical Gardens. A great variety of tropical plants that as a European had never seen before. There is a small shuttle which can drop you off at one of 5 or 6 points. The area is very flat and easy to walk in. Also very safe as completely gated complex.
Ashley Kay - 2 months ago