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: No

Hours 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 - 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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Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating 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 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice place for visitors to Rio to get an idea of the Brazilian flora. Occasionally you'll see monkey's and other wildlife too. Not the cheapest attraction at.. But worth visiting.

Tim Johnston - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating I know a lot of people think of the statue of Jesus when they think of Rio de Janeiro, or samba or beautiful women or all of the above. I believe this place is much more beautiful than any of that. This place is a garden of eden. Filled to the rims with fauna, all shapes, sizes, and colors. Monkeys roam around, I was walking back to the exit and a hummingbird flew right in front of me to drink nectar from a tree in the path. Simply beautiful. There are parts that smell for strong with sweet flower aromas, and they have a selection of orchids from around the world.

Gera Lozano - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating We asked our guide about where can we see Toucans. So happens he loved bird watching and convinced us to go to the Botanical Gardens. We where both happy to go along and look for birds we do not have in Australia. It was really nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio for a wander through the gardens and be shown hummingbirds, toucans and other wild life, living in and around the park. We worth a visit as lots of wildlife can be found and seen.

David Linke - 5 months ago


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