In the scenic and upper-class residential neighbourhood of Jardim Botânico located in "Zona Sul" (South Zone), as well as some top-notch restaurants you'll find the Botanic gardens. A beautiful, tranquil getaway from the busy city.
If you venture inside the gardens, you'll find them full to the brim with amazing wildlife and beautiful flowers, ponds, plants and trees, there's nothing more peaceful in Rio than taking a stroll through the gardens. Break away from the sticky heat and frenzied pace of Rio´s beaches and bustling city, slow things down a bit and spend a few hours strolling under the shade of the towering rows of Imperial Palm trees, taking in the fascinating flowers and beautiful plants. Keep an eye out and it's quite likely you'll spot monkeys, parrots, toucans and brightly colored butterflies. It's said 2 hours is a good amount of time to plan to be in the enjoy the area but some like to spend the whole day there.
The 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees.
There are many ways to get to the Botanic Gardens and various entrances. Check the "how to get there" section of the official website for detailed instructions
You can see the Botanic Gardens (Jardim Botanico) to the North West of the Lagoon
R$ 7,00 a ticket
NOTE: Remember to bring ID for free entrance. They can be very strict about this.
The gardens are open during daylight hours every day except 25 December and 1 January.
I recently brought family to the Botanic gardens thinking that 2 hours would be plenty there, they loved it so much it was hard to pull them away after 4! We literally saw 20 toucans, families of monkeys, enormous lizards and more. The serene surroundings, colourful flowers and glistening lakes make for a very calm day out in Rio.
The Botanic Gardens neighbourhood has some wondeful restaurants to eat in. Here we give you some of our top picks.
Top quality per kilo restaurant.
Top quality meat restaurant.
A nice cafe inside Parque Lage.
Our favourite Mexican in Rio. Delicious food and good for a night out, it gets busy so expect to wait a little while for a table. Something to note - it gets loud, very loud as groups of "Mexicans" visit each table singing, playing the guitar and slamming Tequila on your table. It's good fun but not one for a romantic evening.
Ridiculously good Chinese food. Top prices but if you've got the money and want an truly amazing Chinese, look no further than here. Expect a real feast with a bottle of wine to be at least about 500R for a couple.
The most famous Pizzaria in Rio, they also have a hugely popular restaurant in São Paulo. Top quality Pizza with some unusual selections of toppings.
We think Sobe is a cool place to go for some drinks with friends at night and a good burger. It's an open top bar/restuarant, with views of Christ the Redeemer as you look up. Cool vibe about this place.
The Botanic gardens is bursting at the seams with amazing wildlife. Keep your eye out for monkeys, toucans, huge lizards, birds, butterflies and much more! Check out our wildlife section for more
The park contains 140 species of birds, many of which have become accustomed to humans and are consequently much easier to observe than in the wild. See if you can spot them!
Features of interest include an old gunpowder factory, the Victoria lilies in the Lago Frei Leandro pond, the Japanese Garden, and many sculptures and fountains.
The garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance.
There are around 6,500 species of flora (some endangered) distributed throughout an area of 54 hectares.
The Botanical Garden has an important research institute, which develops a wide range of botanical studies in Brazil.
There is an important research center, which includes the most complete library in the country specializing in botany with over 32,000 volumes.
The park contains 140 species of birds.
Founded in 1808 by King John VI of Portugal, they has been open to the public since 1822.
Contains more than 900 varieties of palm trees.