Botanical Gardens

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by parramore on November 20, 2000

To enter Rio's Botanical Garden is to experience the ancient beauty of a Lost World. Enormous trees draped with Spanish moss like ghostly brides loom over every conceivable type of tropical plant. Khubla Khan might have dreamt up the scene of rose gardens, banana plants with huge red and yellow pod-like flowers, thick clusters of bamboo, and delicate orchids washed with an artist's palette.

As if on queue, couples sit kissing on benches or burying their noses in flowers as they stroll along. I was told by a friend that less pleasant inhabitants of the garden, the large spiders that build nets in the banana plants, are sometimes visible, but I didn't see any.

To appreciate the wonder and hardship early settlers in Brazil must have faced trying to subdue this robust jungle you have to make a trip here. But please, don't even THINK of carving your name into the bamboo--whole colonies can perish from a single careless bit of graffitti.

The garden is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Botanical Gardens
Rua Jardim Botanico, 1,008
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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