Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

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  • Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

    1. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

    Experience the diverse nature of Rio de Janeiro up close. Begin your tour at the Botanical Garden and visit the Sensory Garden. See the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake and floating giant water lilies. Walk through the bicentenary imperial palm trees as you go to the Orchidarium and Bromeliad house.   Then, climb up to the Vista Chinesa gazebo and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with mountains, forests, and ocean at 388 meters (about 1,273 feet) above sea level. In the distance, you can also clearly make out Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.   Next, go on an adventure through Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Gaze up at the Taunay Waterfall and follow a simple trail as you learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora and fauna.   Once back in the vehicle, pass by the famous São Conrado beach to ob...

    It was awesome and the guide was great. He spoke English and Spanish and was able to communicate with the group.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

    2. Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

    After pickup head straight to the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, the oldest such garden in Brazil. The gardens were founded in 1808, around the same time that the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Brazil. Dom João VI, then a prince, wanted to see if Caribbean spices would adapt to Rio’s climate. Start with a visit to the Environment Museum before walking around the grounds and admiring the native vegetation. Enjoy the beauty of Frei Leandro Lake and victoria amazonica, a species of flowering plant and the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies from the Amazon Rainforest. Admire the orchids and the bromeliads collections. Learn about 19th-century Brazilian history from your guide as you stroll amongst the buildings in the garden. Marvel at the beauty of Musas Fountain and explore Pedro Cachimbo rose garden. Take photos between palm trees and make a stop at the...

    Amazing experience with this company. Our tour guide Monica was stellar. Kind, knowledgeable and attentive. Simply amazing!

  • Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

    3. Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

    Following a pickup from your hotel, the eco-tour will first explore one of the world's largest urban forests, Tijuca Forest. Stop to visit some important points of interest such as the Taunay Waterfall, Tijuca National Park Visitor Center, and the Chinese Lookout. If you wish, you can take a short walk through the Atlantic Forest as well. Next up, you'll go to Jardim Botânico, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, one of the most important botanical research centers in the world. At this attraction you can visit important points such as the Orchid Garden, Pestle House, the Sensory Garden, the Central Fountain, and the other fascinating diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. Finally, you’ll go to Parque Lage to take the photographs of one of the most charming mansions in Rio set to the backdrop of Christ the Redeemer. The mansion is also equipped with a coffee bar, bistro, and art exh...

  • Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

    4. Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

    Join this guided tour to see the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Parque Lage, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Explore rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as other exotic plants. Spot different species of birds that live in the trees of the gardens. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive towards Parque Lage, a charming public park located next to Corcovado Hill. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of Parque Lage. The palace has served as a filming location for several movies, soap operas, and music videos. Snap photos in front of the superb swimming pool. Admire the view of Christ the Redeemer in the distance. If time allows, stop for a delicious snack at the Plage Café or visit the palace’s shop for art, design, and fashion pieces. Next, go to the Botanical Garden, one of the bes...

  • Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Botanical Garden Tour

    5. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Botanical Garden Tour

    The Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world and offers much more than a tour. This tropical rainforest, which sits on the edge of the city, offers the chance to become familiar with the endemic wild nature. The Tijuca Rainforest and Botanical Gardens are unsurprisingly some of the most popular tours in the city of Rio de Janeiro . Your tour begins as you head to a popular viewpoint "Vista Chinesa", which translates to Chinese View. Taking its name from a small Chinese-built temple which sits there, it offers unforgettable views of the city. You will then head to the Tijuca National Park to visit the Taunay waterfalls, the beautiful Mayrink Chapel, and the visitor center of the Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro. Finally, you will finish your amazing half-day tour at the Botanical Gardens, where you will find yourself immersed in its magnificent flora.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Absolutely must see/must do if you are in Rio. The tour is very comfortable and compact. Without hiking all day long you will get a good overview and will be able to see the highlights of Tijuca and the botanic gardens. We were the only two people attending which was fab as we had the guide for ourselves. Our guide Jalbeir was absolutely FANTASTIC! His explained everything and told us a lot of interesting things, not only about the tour but in general as well. We really had a wonderful afternoon with him.

Very nice ride .. a beautiful tour .. very interesting ... the guide Cairo very friendly .. and the driver very nice .... they explained everything very well ... thank you !!!

Super nice views from the Tijuca rainforest. Very much seen and experienced about the botanical garden. Gladly again. Super guide.

Amazing experience with this company. Our tour guide Monica was stellar. Kind, knowledgeable and attentive. Simply amazing!

It was awesome and the guide was great. He spoke English and Spanish and was able to communicate with the group.