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 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating A nice place to spend an afternoon. It has a lot of beautiful spots to chill and/or take photos.

Lais Nascimento - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best places in Rio. It's usually quite peaceful, other than some weekends when there are lots of kids, but it's a large place and you can still find quiet places. It closes at 5pm, so get there early. And as far as I know, you can't have picnics there. There are beautiful statues that work as water fountains, but no snack bar. Bring a little something if you plan to stay long. Love the botanical garden!

Elisa Gouveia - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful Park great place to go if you want some peace and quiet. Lovely to take your kids let them run around and check out the awesome exhibits. There is a beautiful Trail that has tons of waterfalls and leads to the back of the park. Beautiful flowers a nice little cafe I highly recommend this place to any Family touring Rio !

Henry Montalto - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This place is huge to see everything definitely takes an entire day or multiple day trips. Also very historical, a lot of the gardens are from the 19th century. It was very interesting to see such a lush Garden in the middle of the bustling City. The Japanese Garden in the Orchid Garden were the best parts of the garden for us. It is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes.

Wayne Ennis - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A heaven of peace in the city. So relaxing the park is huge and very well taken care of. You can just walk around but also learn about the species of trees and exotic plants. Also if you are lucky you can bump into the small monkeys who live up the trees so prepare some bananas to try to interact or even see tucanos flying around. It worth at least 2 hours minimum there to visit even more.

matthieu stanic - 5 months ago

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