Welcome to the tropics. Hidden from the crowds, the Botanical Garden stretches over 140 hectares and contains more than 6,000 varieties of plants as wells as an array of extraordinary animal species, including toucans, parrots, and marmosets. A jungle in the city, designed in a neoclassical style, amid aristocratic and romantic architecture, the garden once belonged to the King John VI of Portugal and the royal family, exiled to Rio in the early 19th century.
The paths are lined with imperial palms, tropical trees with giant trunks, and, in the corners of the garden, there are sensational cactus and orchid collections. The views are stunning, with Corcovado in the distance, and the gazebos and greenhouses alone are worth the visit. Here and there, porticos and fountains bring an extra poetic touch. Today it's a protected garden, as the city of Rio and all its treasures have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008
Rio de Janeiro 22460-030
+55 (0)21 3874 1808