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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.

It's not hard to spend a whole morning at Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Here are just some of the activities you can try here:

If you're looking for more activities, take a look at our Rio de Janeiro things to do page.


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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort ¥13,608
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.

    Miramar Hotel by Windsor ¥12,892
    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.

      Windsor Califórnia Hotel ¥10,009
      Windsor Califórnia Hotel

      Windsor Califórnia Hotel

      Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 3 mi (5 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 8 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 15 minutes.

        Américas Copacabana Hotel ¥6,368
        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.

          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.

            Sol Ipanema Hotel ¥13,710
            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.

              Gávea BNB ¥6,515
              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.

                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.