Botanical Gardens in Rio
The lingual immersion also takes place at the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro.
Explore the extensive green spaces that make this city unique. Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by the world's largest urban forests and is home to many amazing city parks and gardens. Jardim Botanico de Rio de Janeiro: Designated as a bioreserve by UNESCO in 1992, Rio de Janeiro's botanical garden is home to over 6,000 species of plants (some of which are endangered) and occupies an area over 52 hectares. Not only is the garden a wonderful place for plant lovers to visit, it also hosts important historical artifacts and a research center. Meet in front of the Botanical Garden...
Founded in 1808 by John VI of Portugal to acclimatize spice plants such as nutmeg and cinnamon to Rio de Janeiro's climate, this garden now boasts over 6,500 species of plants and an area of over 54 hectares.
Opended to the public in 1922, the gardens are now open every day of the year during daylight hours except December 25 and January 1.
Nestled at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, less than half of the park's 140 hectares are cultivated with the remainder comprised of Atlantic forest climbing the side of Corcovado.
Within the park's cultivated area are several greenhouses and open air areas containing species of special interest. These include bromeliads, orchids, cacti and carnivorous plants. The garden also hosts 900 varities of palm trees, including the Avenue of Royal Palms, a 750 meter line of palms.
In addition to the diversity of plants found in the botanical garden there is also a wide variety of birds and animals that make the garden their home. Visitors can observe Channel-billed Toucan, Dusky-legged Guan and Slaty-breasted Rail. Howler monkeys and Tufted-eared Marmosets can also be spotted in the park.
The Botanical Garden is also home to an extensive research center and library where important work is being done to classify and preserve neotropical plant species.
Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden is an important opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of flora and fauna in Brazil within an urban setting. Don't miss out!