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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.

Popular Activities at Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

There's no place anywhere quite like Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. So you can make the most of your visit, we've created a list of the top things to do:

For more activities, examine our Rio de Janeiro things to do page.


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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort ¥16,049
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Leblon Beach and Posto 12 are also within 15 minutes. Antero de Quental Station is 21 minutes by foot.

    Arena Copacabana Hotel ¥11,239
    Arena Copacabana Hotel

    Arena Copacabana Hotel

    Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Praia do Leme and Chacrinha State Park are also within 15 minutes. Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 8 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 10 minutes.

      Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast
      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, Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, and Parque Henrique Lage. Ipanema Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

        Miramar Hotel by Windsor ¥13,432
        Miramar Hotel by Windsor

        Miramar Hotel by Windsor

        Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 14 minutes.

          Sol Ipanema Hotel ¥14,252
          Sol Ipanema Hotel

          Sol Ipanema Hotel

          Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ipanema, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Posto 9, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and Copacabana Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Rio Sul Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Nossa Senhora da Paz Station is 8 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 10 minutes.

            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 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 2 mi (3 km). Antero de Quental Station is 17 minutes by foot.

              Gávea BNB ¥7,188
              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 1 mi (2 km) of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 2 mi (3 km). Antero de Quental Station is 18 minutes by foot.

                Américas Copacabana Hotel ¥6,399
                Américas Copacabana Hotel

                Américas Copacabana Hotel

                Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 2 mi (3 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 11 minutes.