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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

1. 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 best-preserved green areas in the city. Explore Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Visit attractions such as the Jardim Sensorial-Sensorial Garden, Lago com a Vitória-Régia, and Lago das Tartarugas. Walk by the bicentennial imperial palm trees while going towards the orchidary. Finally, head to the Jockey Club Brasileiro or Hipódromo da Gávea and discover the largest racetrack for horse racing in all of Brazil. The Jockey Club is open to the public and offers the possibility to watch horse races for free. If there’s time, try your luck by playing a bet and feel the excitement of attending a live horse race. The optional activities depend on the race schedule which varies daily. Then, board your transportation back to your hotel.

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 Japanese Garden, created in 1935 from the donation of 65 species of typical Japanese plants. As a bonus, enjoy complimentary access also to the Parque Lage. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of this beautiful park.

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

3. 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 observe the hang gliders and paragliders. Take in breathtaking panoramic views on route back to the hotel.

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

4. 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 exhibitions.

Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

5. Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

Discover the natural wonders of Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour that visits Tijuca Forest, Rio’s botanical garden, Cascatinha Taunay, and the Chinese Viewpoint, including round-trip transportation from your hotel. Walk along a trail and immerse yourself in all the nature of Rio. After pickup, your trip starts at the Chinese Viewpoint. At an altitude of 388 meters, admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, filled with mountains, forests, and the sea. In the distance, you can also see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Later, go on an adventure through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Be enchanted by the Cascatinha Taunay (waterfall) as you walk along a simple trail and learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora, and its fauna. Admire breathtaking panoramic views en route back to your hotel. Your tour ends at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, with a visit to the sensory garden. Finish off your trip by learning more about local and international flora at the gardens. Spot the redwood tree, from which the country received its name, and stroll among the bicentennial imperial palm trees as you walk to the orchidarium and the bromeliad greenhouse.

From Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Jardim Bôtanico Entry

6. From Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Jardim Bôtanico Entry

The Tijuca Forest is one of the three largest urban forests in the world. In one of the areas of the park there is the Corcovado mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer which is certainly the main attraction, but there are various natural and historical treasures for which it is really worth knowing. The day begins with the arrival by car to the entrance of the national park. From there we will begin to go inside the forest to visit some of the most evocative points. The customers then will go to know the famous Jardim Bôtanico, one of the unmissable places for those who want to know Rio de Janeiro and finally we will pay a visit to the Parque Lage, one of the most popular places for cariocas who wish to enjoy the peace of its garden and admire the large historic residence in typical Italian style with a view of Christ the Redeemer. A tour full of nature, history and fantastic landscapes that will remain unforgettable for any tourist!

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Picked up right on time by my guide, Bruno. It was about to rain, so we decided to go to Parque Lage first since it is mostly indoors. What a beautiful place! Because of the clouds, we couldn't see the Cristo on Corcovado, but the location more than makes up for it. Bruno made sure I stayed as long as I wanted and took all the pictures I wanted. From there, the rain had mostly stopped and we went to the Botanical Gardens. Bruno know all about the place and the vegetation in it. Because of the rain, there weren't many animals out and about, but I did get to see a baby crane and some turtles. The landscape is so beautiful, it didn't matter that the sky was cloudy. I really enjoyed talking to Bruno and learning more about Rio!

I had a fantastic experience with Ederson, he is a spectacular guide. They go out of their way to personalize your trip and won't leave you stranded without a tour like other agencies. Even if you are only one person, they will do the tour for you, adapting the route according to your interests. He is punctual and communicative. Without a doubt the best guide in Rio, he doesn't only do Tijuca for other things in Rio so don't hesitate and book!!

Fabulous day out with the lovely Ursula. She couldn’t find a parking spot so parked at her home - how cool is that? The Botanical Gardens are a treat and Ursula took us to all the best parts.

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 !!!

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