- 3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Spend an idyllic tour at the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, or Jardim Botânico. On this guided tour of the sprawling UNESCO biosphere reserve, amble down the Avenue of the Royal Palms, and stroll past trees and plant life from around the world, including gigantic water lilies from the Amazon. Learn the garden’s history and glimpse wildlife such as monkeys and toucans along the way. Then enjoy free time to wander the grounds on your own before taking transport back to Rio hotels.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Includes free admission to top local attractions
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)
- Entry/Admission - Museu do Meio Ambiente
- Food and drinks
Departs from most major hotels in the zones Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
Returns to original departure point
Monday and Saturdays
After hotel pickup in Rio, travel with your guide southeast of the city to the historic Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, or Jardim Botânico, a 346-acre (140-hectare) park located at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, far below the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Follow your guide into this large ecological sanctuary founded by King John VI of Portugal in 1808. With more than 6,000 different species of plants from around the world, including 900 varieties of palm trees, the garden was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1992 and operates as a research institute for botanical studies.
Admire the Avenue of Royal Palms, planted when the garden first opened, lined with 134 towering palm trees, and learn about these trees grown from a single tree, originally reserved for the royal family only. Stroll past the Lago Frei Leandro pond, blanketed with Victoria Regia water lilies, the largest water lilies in the word, and a greenhouse housing more than 500 types of orchids.
Pass an old gunpowder factory, a Japanese garden, and a number of sculptures and fountains, including the Fountain of the Muses. Don’t be surprised if you see marmoset monkeys, toucans and other wildlife lurking in the Amazonian trees.
During your 1.5-hour guided tour, learn about the different plants you see and receive a historical and cultural overview of the garden. Then spend approx. 2 hours of free time (depending on your group’s preferences) to wander the garden on your own. Visit the on-site botany library, a gift shop, or head inside the Museu do Meio Ambiente and check out its environmentally focused exhibits.
Afterward, regroup with your guide at a designated meeting point and enjoy transport back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Important: All bookings purchased and taken during the period of the Olympics (August 1st, 2016 to August 28th, 2016) are 100% non refundable
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Our guide Karla was friendly and knowledgeable of the gardens. It is a lovely and relaxing tour as the gardens are well maintained.
There were only 3 of us on this tour, so we got a lot of personalized attention. A hot day made for a nice, leisurely walk among some beautiful scenery. Also a nice escape from city traffic!