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
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- 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
|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
Incredible variety of tropical plants. Palm alleys are awesome. Rich collection of cactuses.
Natayana - 9 days ago
A must visit place in Rio. This is huge park with several thousands of species of plants and trees. Good drinking water and restroom facilities are available. Easily accessible by public transport.
Satish Samayam - 1 month ago
A heaven of peace in the city. So relaxing the park is huge and very well taken care of. You can just walk around but also learn about the species of trees and exotic plants. Also if you are lucky you can bump into the small monkeys who live up the trees so prepare some bananas to try to interact or even see tucanos flying around. It worth at least 2 hours minimum there to visit even more.
matthieu stanic - 3 months ago
A large space with lots of botanical diversity, shade and fresh air in the city. The visit is a must, especially for those who like flowers. Go with comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. You can visit on hot days because the place is very wooded, leaving fresh environment. Go with time.
Monica Brittes - 3 months ago
It's a good place to relax. A huge variety of plants and trees. Some I saw for the first time. There's a small lake in the centre and it is beautiful. R$ 15 entrance fee. Remember to pick a guide map from the office.
Aftab Khan - 3 months ago