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

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 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating Nice gardens to spend a few hours, plenty of shade if you need to avoid the sun. The plants and trees themselves aren't overly spectacular but if you're lucky you should see some monkeys and toucans

Cathal Moran - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating gorgeous park You easily get lost in this beauty. Prices are totally okay 5 reais for students and 10 for normal people. Staff is very friendly and I didn't saw any garbage lying around.

L R - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating I'm a sucker for botanical gardens and sunsets, and both in Brazil are amazing. This was a low cost, high fun activity, and one of the best I've been to across the globe. Lots of photo opportunities to be had here. Very tropical feel.

Carin Skowronsky - 1 month 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 - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Best botanic gardens I have ever been to. Waterfalls, trees, it was beautiful. There were 3 wedding photo sessions going on there. So amazing. You'll want to spend a whole afternoon there.

Ashley Kunecke - 2 months ago

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