Where nature meets history
As a Biologist, this is the tour I like the most!!
I used to attend the gardens as a student of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, later as a Biology teacher and throughout my life as a resident of the Botanical Garden neighborhood. So, besides knowing the park by heart, I have an affectionate relation to this area.
In this visit we are going to experience not only the lushness of the Atlantic rainforest, but also learn about plants adaptations and Brazillian history.
The Botanical Garden displays a collection of over 8, 000 species of plants (native and exotic) and around 150 species of birds and mammals, like the Channel-billed Toucan and Howler monkeys. The animals are in their natural habitat but have become accustomed to humans and are fairly easy to observe in the park.
We also find here the first gunpowder factory founded by D. John VI,
We will tour the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. The main attractions in the park are:
- Victoria Lilies' Lake,
- Orchids green house,
- Bromeliads greenhouse,
- Royal palms alley,
- Brazil wood trees alley,
- Sumauma giant tree,
- Toucans and monkeys,
- Gunpowder factory, among others.
The park has a pleasant cafeteria with delicious coffee, sandwiches and soups.
At your request, we can add a visit to a local market, where you will be delighted with the variety of colours and flavours of our tropical fruits and veggies.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up from your hotel, apartment or cruise ship
End location: Drop off at the original location
Duration: 4 hours
This is an open air park. In case of rain, all we need are ponchos or umbrellas.
Comfortable air-conditioned car (Xsara Picasso). Long walk (plain terrain) inside the park.
Transportation from/to hotel
Fluent english speaking biologist guide
The best of Brazillian hospitality
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Real - Admission ticket R$10,00 (cash only), water, snacks or lunch
Admission tickets, water, snacks or lunch, souveniers
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A tour of the botanical garden with Lais added so much to our understanding of Rio and Brazil. She even helped us to locate monkeys, tamarinds and toucans among the beautiful plants and trees. Our girls (12 and 8) also enjoyed seeing (and smelling) the species that provide the cooking spices of cinnamon and cloves. We highly recommend Lais!