The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is an interesting attraction in Rio de Janeiro. While the Botanical Garden comes with a small entrance fee, it is truly worth the money. This particular Botanical Garden might not be that similar to European versions, but comes with its very own flair.
Having some spare time on one evening in Rio de Janeiro, we decided to check out the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Even though we didn’t hear much about this place beforehand, I was heavily impressed upon arrival in Zona Sur (15 to 25 minutes by taxi from Ipanema).
The Botanical Garden feels rather like a large park with beautiful flowers rather than a museum (as many Botanical Gardens in Europe nowadays do). That’s exactly how I like Botanical Gardens!
The Jardim Botanico as the green area of Rio de Janeiro is called in Portuguese, comes with a selection of dozens of beautiful flowers.
What’s especially interesting is the fact that there are several plans you may not from Europe or North America. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is home of more than 6.000 species, several endangered and rare.
Due to the great weather conditions in Rio de Janeiro, the flowers look beautiful in pretty much all seasons.
While the flora and fauna itself in the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is absolutely beautiful, the cactus plants are especially worth mentioning.
There is a large area solely dedicated to cacti. Not only does the area look extremely impressive as several of the cactus plants are quite tall, but the huge variance of different cacti makes this part of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden one of the most interesting!
Overall, we did heavily enjoy our time at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. I can just highly recommend checking out the Botanical Garden and if it’s just to escape the hustle of Rio de Janeiro.
The Botanical Garden is usually not very crowded and the greenery makes it possible to breath some fresh air in a relaxed atmosphere.
Especially if you’ve been sightseeing in the city before, I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy the Rio de Janeiro Botanical as much as we did!