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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden: unmissable tourist spot!

[atualizado dez/20] The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, in the South Zone of the city, is one of my favorite places in the city.. I am simply in love with this little piece of Rio.

So, I decided to write this post to tell you a little bit about it. If you already know, enjoy this tour with me. But if you still don’t know it… I hope you’re excited to put it on your Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary, as it’s one of the postcards of Rio de Janeiro.

Remember that there are great and varied accommodation options near the Botanical Garden in neighborhoods in the South Zone of Rio.

History of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro

The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden was founded in 1808 by Dom João VI, being called Horto Real.

The objective was to create a garden that had species from all over the world, but also used as a research center for foreign species for their adaptation in Brazil.

Over the years, the place became a leisure space for the aristocracy (it took many years for the entire population).

The bandstand.

After the independence of Brazil, in 1822, the place changed its name, becoming the Imperial Botanical Garden.

With the proclamation of the Republic, it was once again renamed in 1890, gaining its current name of Jardim Botânico.

Oh! In 1833, Charles Darwin, during his expedition on the ship Beagle, was in Rio de Janeiro and visited the Botanical Garden. How awesome 🙂

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Homage to Darwin, remembering his passage through the Botanical Garden.

The RJ Botanical Garden is so important to the city that it has been visited by personalities such as Einstein and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Things to do in Jardim Botânico RJ

Strolling through the RJ Botanical Garden is a feast for the eyes and nose.

There are more than 9,000 plants of 1,500 species spread throughout the park, in addition to species that are kept in greenhouses, such as bromeliads and orchids.

That wonderful smell of earth and nature….

Jardim Botânico RJ conveys peace of mind and super positive energy. That’s why I like to walk around here so much.

1. Walk

Walking under the shadows of the trees, it’s even hard to believe that we’re on a very busy street. We didn’t hear the noise of cars and buses.

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Various angles of a beautiful setting.

Be aware that you might bump into a squirrel or monkey. Just please don’t feed them!

2. Postcards from Rio

The alley of imperial palm trees and the lake with water lilies are a trademark of the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro. I never get tired of walking and taking pictures there.

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Lake of the water lilies.
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Imperial palm tree.

But there is much more to discover!

3. Other attractions

The Muses Fountain, the orchid garden, the cactus garden, the sensory garden, the Japanese garden… The hours fly by inside!

The complete tour (take it easy) takes at least 2 hours.

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Muses Fountain.
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Cactus Garden.
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bamboo.
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bromelain.
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bromeliads

In order not to get lost or go around in circles, the map is essential. Grab one at the entrance or follow the signs all over the place.

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Do not get lost! Don’t go around in circles!

Oh! Don’t be surprised by the numerous photographers doing rehearsals around the park. There are many, making book of couples, pregnant women and other types of material.

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One of the waterfalls in the park.

In addition to walking around the Garden itself, the program includes a children’s playground and a souvenir shop.

The profile of this store, by the way, strays a little from that tacky “tourist-catcher” thing. There are style products and art books.

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Coffee

Also in the park are the Visitor’s House and the Museum of the Environment, exhibition spaces. It’s worth looking at the schedule.

If after walking through the park you have energy and want a little more nature, you can go to Parque Lage for another leisure area in Rio about a 15 minute walk.

4. Guided tour

The Botanical Garden started in December/2020 the guided tour service. There are two modes: by electric cart or on foot.

The values ​​are different and the tour must be booked in advance through the website: reservasita.jbrj.gov.br

Other information about the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro

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royal victory
  • Address: Rua do Jardim Botânico, n° 1008, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro
  • Time: Monday, from 12:00 to 17:00. Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Value: BRL 15.00 (adult).
  • How to get: Subway: Botafogo station, where you can take an integration bus coming down near the park. Bus: any line that stops at Jardim Botânico street. There is a bike rack in the Botanical Garden. There is no parking.
  • site: jbrj.gov.br

Conclusion: why visit the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Because? Now, in addition to being a centenary green area in the city, there is a lot to do in Jardim Botânico RJ.

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The park is too beautiful!

Hiking, appreciating fauna and flora, children’s activities… These are hours of relaxation and joy. I forget about life when I’m there!

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