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

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 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 Definitely worth a visit if you are in Rio. From a botanical sense there wasn't a huge amount to see which was of interest but that is most likely due to the time of year (mid April). The wildlife was very interesting to see though with monkeys, colourful birds and Capybaras. From a landscaping perspective, the little bridges, fountains and plan tree avenue were also good to see. Entrance fee was R15 and staff at entrance spoke English.

Mark Edgehill - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating A lovely garden with restaurants inside and around, convenient parking at the Jockey Club across the street. It's over 200 years old and one of the top botanical research institutes in Brazil. Nice for a leisurely stroll.

Raul Andrade - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely beautiful. This is a must visit if you are in Rio. The entire place is gorgeous and full of wildlife. The monkeys are awesome. It really does feel like your a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Rio. The restaurant is great (although slightly more pricey than outside the gardens). Worth noting that your entrance fee gets you admission twice in one day so you are able to pop out and grab a bite to eat or a coffee locally. It’s a wonderful area.

Kia Stanford - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A fantastic location to get away from the noise and business of Rio. It's a lovely walk enclosed with incredible views of Rio's sprawling vistas and local wildlife. There are some beautiful pieces of art dotted around the gardens to break up the green which only adds to your experience. There is a cafe situated at the far end of the garden is a great stop off to get some food and drink.

Daniel Stanford - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Wide place with exotic interesting plants. Easy to get lost even with the map you will be provided at the entrance. Staff do not speak english, but they are willing to help you. Depending on the time of the year you are visiting, the orchids pavilion could be full or empty of flowers. If you are lucky you could encounter even a few monkeys or capybara. Bring your mosquitoes repellent.

Emanuel Panga - 1 month ago


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