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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Spend time exploring this historic botanical garden to see water features and sculptures, exotic plant species and endangered animals, including the black capuchin.

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is an arboretum and research facility with thousands of plant species. Opossums, raccoons, monkeys and lizards often enter the garden from the neighboring Tijuca National Park. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere on your own or learn about the garden on a guided tour.

The garden features many different cultivated and natural environments, such as lakes, rivers, forests and landscaped areas. Stop at Macacos River, a picturesque waterway flowing from the Tijuca Massif. Friar Leandro Lake, a striking man-made lake filled with giant water lilies, is another highlight.

See many exotic birds, such as the beautiful channel-billed toucan, in the arboretum. The garden also contains sloths, big-eared opossums and crab-eating raccoons. Look for black capuchins, an endangered primate species that has adapted to the garden. Turtle Lake is a great place to see reptiles, including many species of lizards and harmless snakes.

Learn about the garden’s natural and cultural resources on a thematic tour. You may want to book an electric car tour to explore the 350 acres (140 hectares) of this vast space. Tours focus on the garden’s large collection of outdoor artworks, important plant species and other interesting features.

Medicinal plants, thousands of specimens of bromeliads and other fascinating biological collections can be seen in Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Study thousands of tropical flora species in the palm tree collection or stop at the herbarium to see dried specimens dating to the late 19th century.

Find Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from downtown Rio de Janeiro. The garden is open every day, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Check the official website for opening times and tour information. Discounted parking is available for garden visitors in the neighboring Jockey Club Brasileiro car park.

With a large playground containing wooden toys and sandboxes, Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is perfect for young families.


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Hotel Atlântico Rio ¥2,487
Hotel Atlântico Rio

Hotel Atlântico Rio

Rua Xavier da Silveira, 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is only a 2-minute walk and Siqueira Campos Station is 14 minutes.

    Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast ¥3,068
    Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast

    Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast

    Rua Caminhoa, 14, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zona Sul, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Corcovado are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Simple and Cozy Village House in the Botanical Garden
      Simple and Cozy Village House in the Botanical Garden

      Simple and Cozy Village House in the Botanical Garden

      Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Sul, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Corcovado are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        JB Dom, View Balcony Christ
        JB Dom, View Balcony Christ

        JB Dom, View Balcony Christ

        Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Sul, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Christ the Redeemer are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Gavea Guest
          Gavea Guest

          Gavea Guest

          Rua dos Oitis,29 Apto.104, Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zona Sul, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping de Gavea and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 3 mi (5 km). Antero de Quental Station is 17 minutes by foot.

            Gávea BNB
            Gávea BNB

            Gávea BNB

            Rua dos Oitis, 39, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Zona Sul, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Shopping de Gavea and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 3 mi (5 km). Antero de Quental Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              GoHouse Diamantina 102
              GoHouse Diamantina 102

              GoHouse Diamantina 102

              Rua Diamantina, 13, apto 102, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Sul, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Christ the Redeemer are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Manuel 305
                Manuel 305

                Manuel 305

                Rua Professor Manuel Ferreira 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zona Sul, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping de Gavea and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 3 mi (5 km). Antero de Quental Station is 15 minutes by foot.