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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Jardim Botanico, Jardim Botanico

The Basics

Rio’s shady Botanical Garden, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to a part of the Atlantic Forest, is a lovely place to wander and escape the city’s crowds, traffic, and penetrating sunshine. Highlights include a lake containing massive water lilies, a huge catalog of orchids and bromeliads, and the Japanese Garden. Prince Regent Dom João founded the garden in 1808, and today they are used as a research center as well as for public enjoyment. Walk down the Avenue of Royal Palms, lined with 134 majestic palm trees, and into the garden, where you will find the first tea, cloves, and cinnamon imported and acclimated to Brazil. While admiring the flora, look out for native wildlife, including capuchin monkeys, tufted-ear marmosets, and more than 140 species of bird.

Guided tours of the Botanical Garden offer insights into its history and mission from a knowledgeable local guide. You can easily combine guided tours of Corcovado, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and Sugar Loaf Mountain with a stop at the botanical garden, as well as other city highlights such as Ipanema, Copacabana, and Parque Lage.

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
$37.37 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A rainy surprise
It takes a very special guide to make a tour interesting on a very rainy day & JB managed to accomplish this! The garden is wonderful & JB is very knowledgeable & enthusiastic.
mkzl, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
VA-933, Dec 2019
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
Excellent overview of the creation of the garden and of the plant types, where they come from and what they were used for. Really enjoyed it.
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There were only 3 of us on this...
travelman, Jun 2017
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
There were only 3 of us on this tour, so we got a lot of personalized attention. A hot day made for a nice, leisurely walk among some beautiful scenery. Also a nice escape from city traffic!
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This was an excellent way to see Rio...
Jimmy A, Mar 2016
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
This was an excellent way to see Rio - tour guide spoke excellent English and gave more information that just a textbook speech. He made suggestions of things we might want to see and knew all the head of the line shortcuts to see everything with very little waiting in line. Truly made us feel like VIPs.
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Our guide Karla was friendly and...
Linda W, Sep 2017
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
Our guide Karla was friendly and knowledgeable of the gardens. It is a lovely and relaxing tour as the gardens are well maintained.
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Super experience and our guide was...
William K, Jun 2015
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
Super experience and our guide was perfectly suited for a custom tour. We were able to eat an authentically local breakfast before arriving at Corcovado and were dropped off for a delicious chiurasco lunch when the tour ended. The four hours was adequate for all of our purposes. We were 9 people total and had a full-sized, comfortable coach that added a lot of extra comfort.
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Great way to see the city and get...
MIchael P, Oct 2013
Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Beaches, Lagoon, Botanical Garden and Sunset
Great way to see the city and get some exercise. The tour is run by 2 local chaps who were relaxed and friendly and made us feel very welcome, and we're more than happy to take photos of the 2 of us...even when cycling! Definitely do this tour!!
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Our tour guide, Igor, was terrific...
Donald C, Feb 2016
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
Our tour guide, Igor, was terrific, knowledgeable and at a nice pace with my group of seniors. We had a great time.
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A private tour was the way to go. We...
dennis w, Jan 2016
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
A private tour was the way to go. We told the guide where we wanted to go and she provided extra places that we were happy to see. Having someone who grew up in Rio to show us around was a great way to go.
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Our guide, Fatima, was wonderful and...
Janice C, Jan 2016
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
Our guide, Fatima, was wonderful and did a great job showing us the highlights of Rio in one day. She was knowledgeable and had an excellent command of English. This was a perfect way to see the city with the limited time we had available.
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We booked a private 6-hour tour of...
yana, Jan 2015
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
We booked a private 6-hour tour of Rio. We had an amazing experience. Our guide Igor was great - he told us about the history of Brazil and Rio. He took us to all the sights we requested to see trying to find the best times for visiting these sites. We also spent some time going throught the Tajuca forest and his knowledge of the local fauna really amazed us. Thank you, Igor for the tour of Rio on Jan 4, 2015
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We got this 6-hour tour so we can...
soni, Feb 2015
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
We got this 6-hour tour so we can see some additional places besides Corcovado and 'Sugar Loaf Mountain but unfortunately there was not much time left. Our guide Fatima was excellent. She picked us up on time from the hotel and guided us very well. Spoke fluent English and also took our pictures. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. She also held our place in line so we didn't have to wait. Thank you Fatima for everything you did including fixing my mask I bought.
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It was a very comfortable and well...
Evdoxia P, Nov 2013
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets
It was a very comfortable and well organized private tour with tourist guide (Sheila) who had the willingness to share with us her knowledge very kindly and to show us as many as possible places according to our interest. We will definitely travel again with you ! until next time

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rio’s Jardim Botânico is a must for nature and wildlife lovers.

  • Entrance fees are payable in cash only. Guided tours of the garden typically include these fees.

  • The Children’s Park offers a sandbox and play structure for kids 10 years old and under, as well as picnic tables and a café with kid-friendly food.

  • The Jarbô Café and Garden Café offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages.

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How to Get There

The garden is situated in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood, in southeast Rio. Reach it easily by catching any bus marked Jardim Botânico from Centro or the 571, 572, or 594 from the Zona Sul.

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When to Get There

The garden is open during daylight hours every day except December 25 and January 1. Check ahead for special programming including music and shows geared toward kids. Weekdays are known for peace and quiet; the garden is busy with families and visitors on the weekends.

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Research at the Botanical Garden

The on-site Barbosa Rodrigues Library holds a collection of more than 109,000 volumes of rare works, dissertations, theses, and scientific papers on botany. The garden’s seed and plant catalog is part of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, aimed at saving current plant species from extinction.

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