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

Fee: No

Open Now

Hours 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


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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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Rated 4.7 out of 5Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro Star Rating

4 Star Rating Huge! Good price for what you get. Easy to get to on a bus or “surface metro”. We saw a ton of monkeys!!!!! That was the best. Nice bromeliads. Cool amazonian trees. Wish there were more orchids though

Jonathan Leventhal - 3 days ago

3 Star Rating Probably the most beautiful park in Rio. Not ideal for children since there's a lot of walking, so they'll most likely get bored and tired. The kids playground is laughable - for the 15 reais you pay when you enter Jardim Botânico , you'd expect something much better. Overall, a good place to spend the afternoon with your significant one and take some photos.

Fredy Moreira - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating We did an optional tour & it was well worth it, hardly any visitors at all which is a shame. Beautiful tree lined avenues, plants you won't find back in Europe & we actually saw a Tucan! Also as you walk around you will keep getting glimpses of 'Christ the Redeemer'. Small cafe with outside seating very reasonably priced.

Wendy Homeyard - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating It's an amazing place to wander around and learn about new flora and fauna. There's plenty of seating spaces and shade (to hide from the sun). Overall, the only things missing are water fountains (the drinkable ones)... I wandered about the garden for almost two hours and only found one, so I recommend: bring a water bottle along because the place is great and beautiful!

Marianne de Lazari - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 2 months ago


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