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

Directions

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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Reviews

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

5 Star Rating Really amazing ! We went here as a refuge from the Rio carnival - lush and varied trees and plants. There were some turtles too. Very well maintained and pleasant to walk and sit around in.

Courgette Flower - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely gorgeous. Seems to have been recently upgraded. Many exotic plants and trees, very well kept and presented. Don’t miss the capibaras in the pond. The palm tree alley is majestic. Only 15r to get in. Excellent value and a nice change from the bustle of the city.

Simon D - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating This park is huge with hundreds of species of plants and trees. I liked it a lot but I think that the botanical garden in Sao Paulo is more beautiful, although smaller... If you in Rio and like parks Rio's Botanical Garden worth it the visit. You will pay about 5 US Dollars or 15 reias per person

Eli Santos - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating This is among my top 5 places in Rio, if not the absolute top one. It's not about the collection of plants, but about the atmosphere. There are two rivers whose waters are being distributed throughout the garden via small aqueduct. The everlasting sound of running water, of streams and waterfalls just made the experience for me. If you have the time, definitely visit it more than once, and during different seasons, as it's alive and always shifting.

Dragana Caldas - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the most beautiful botanic gardens I've seen! It is massive and impressive! The only downside is that you can see that it needs a bit more of maintenance and cleaning but it still beautiful. You can see the Christ the redeemer from there and if you're lucky you may see little sagui monkeys.

Bruno Scalon - 2 months ago

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