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Sprawling over 140 hectares at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, the lush Jardim Botânico contains a huge collection of 6500 species of plants from all over the world, not only tropical ones. It is a Biosphere Reserve designated by the UNESCO. Planted in the 1800s, it is both a park and a scientific laboratory. Highlights include Avenue of Royal Palms lined with palms all of which have the same parent, the orquidário which has 600 varieties of orchids, Japanese Garden with cherry trees, bamboo and bonsai, Amazon Garden with tropical flora such as Pau-mulato trees and Lago Frei Leandro covered with Vitória Régia water lilies, and the Bromeliarium with 15000 Bromeliads. The gardens also have ponds, fountains, children’s playground, an old gunpowder factory, grotto Karl Glasl, a sundial, several sculptures such as the Fountain of the Muses and Bust of Friar Leandro, cast iron statue of Greek Goddess Tethys by Louis Savageou, and impressive openings such as the neoclassical Gateway of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The park is also home to entomofauna and 140 species of birds.

Despite its wealth of flora, fauna and monuments, it does not get very crowded, and is visited by families on weekends. Drop into the Visitor Centre for planning your way around, and pick up a few souvenirs on your way out.



About Rio Botanical Garden

 Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 +55 21 3874-1214

Rio Botanical Garden and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Cristo Redentor

Cristo Redentor(2.3 km)
The towering statue of Christ the Redeemer standing with outstretched arms atop Corcovado overlooking the city is an iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro.


Lagoa(1 km)
Lagoa is a scenic neighbourhood with a lake, and home to Rio's rich and famous citizens.

Itamaraty Palace

Itamaraty Palace(2.5 km)
Formerly a presidential palace (1889-1893) and foreign office, the Itamaraty Palace now hosts a museum of South American diplomacy, a library and the UN information offices in Brazil.


Corcovado(2.1 km)
The 710 metre high Corcovado mountain rises in the Tijuca Forest in west Rio de Janeiro, known for its statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the city.


Ipanema(2.4 km)
Ipanema is one of the most visited beaches in Rio, though the poor water quality makes it unfit for swimming and aquatic activities.


Leblon(1.7 km)
Named after a French businessman who owned the neighborhood in the 19th century, the Leblon Beach is the haunt of the wealthy, lined with upscale bars and restaurants.

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