Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botanico)
The Botanical Gardens were created on June 13th, 1808 by D.João VI, Prince Regent at the time, and are considered to be one of the most important collections of plants in the world with over eight thousand plant species.
• Botanic Gardens Orchidarium
This was adopted by jewelry designer Antonio Bernardo in 1997. Since then, two large annual exhibitions are held, with the sale of orchids.
• Bromeliads and Cacti
In the bromeliad area, there are more than 20 types of bromeliads from Brazil and abroad, of importance to research performed by the Botanical Gardens.
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1.008 – Jardim Botânico
Tel: 21 3874-1808 / 1214
Web Site: http://www.jbrj.gov.br
Hours: Daily, 8am-5pm
Guided tours English and Spanish speaking guides are available
Summer Visiting Hours: 8am-6pm (up to March 20th)
Environment Museum: 11am-6pm (up to January 15th
Parque da Catacumba
An unusual suggestion for an ecological tour in Rio de Janeiro is tree climbing at the Parque da Catacumba – a green park located in one of the most beautiful quarters in the city, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. This organized experience takes you through nine bridges, suspended six meters above the ground, under the keen eye of two guides. It feels like you are floating in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, which surrounds the itinerary’s 120 meters.
It is a fun adventure, and each step ends up being a test on your courage and balance.
Tree Climbing at Parque da Catacumba (Lagoa Aventuras)
Level of Difficulty: easy, no previous experience required.
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Price: R$30 per person (check group prices)
Duration: approximately 20 minutes
Included: full gear, bilingual guide and personal insurance.
Recommended: wearing light clothes, wearing walking boots or sneakers, taking sunscreen, mosquito repellent and extra money for food and beverages.
Tel: 21 4105-0079
Web Site: http://www.lagoaaventuras.com.br
The Parque Enrique Lage was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriela Bezanzoni. During the 1920’s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté. In the 1960’s the land became a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest. The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Visual Arts School of Parque Lage) and a café open to the public operate from the former mansion.
Rua Jardim Botânico, nº 414 – Jardim Botânico
Tel: + 55 (21) 3257-1800
Web site: http://www.eavparquelage.rj.gov.br/
– Take the BUS 014 CASTELO close to BAR DO GOMES OR from Largo dos Guimarães (in front of the cinema) take the BUSES 006, 007 or 014 and get off at RUA DO RIACHUELO further down the hill at the first set of traffic lights. Head to your right to take the BUSES 409 JARDIM BOTÂNICO or 410 GÁVEA and get off in front of the Parque Lage.
– Take a TAXI. It takes you about 25 minutes. (Approximately R$25)