Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botanico) Approx. Time: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Gardens were created in 1808 by the Prince Regent D. João of Portugal as a temporary repository for imported plants, where they could become acclimatized to the tropics. Since being opened to public visitation by his son D. Pedro I in 1821, the Gardens have never lost their appeal to residents and visitors alike. The Botanical Gardens are home to some 2,600 species of plant life, a myriad of riches for plant lovers. Bromeliads and orchids are prominently featured in their own exhibits. In addition to the varied plants, a wealth of wild life can be observed in the Gardens: among the birds to be seen are Toucans and Tanagers, while the Marmosets seem to be permanently leaping from one fruit-bearing tree to another. Bright sunlight captures the blue wings of the brilliant butterflies. The Gardens are a favorite weekend destination for resident families, who use them as an extension of their homes.

The Botanical Gardens: open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8am to 5pm.