Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

4.7 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

From US$ 42.91 per person

Stroll through Rio's tranquil Botanic Gardens on a half-day tour. Marvel at the beauty of the Atlantic Forest and explore the remains of the 19th-century buildings.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Centro Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. Tour guide will call you by your name in the hotel lobby.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Admire orchids. bromeliads, and more native vegetation
  • See buildings that date back to the 19th-century, when the gardens were founded
  • Learn about Brazilian history and nature
Full description
After pickup head straight to the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, the oldest such garden in Brazil. The gardens were founded in 1808, around the same time that the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Brazil. Dom João VI, then a prince, wanted to see if Caribbean spices would adapt to Rio’s climate. Start with a visit to the Environment Museum before walking around the grounds and admiring the native vegetation. Enjoy the beauty of Frei Leandro Lake and victoria amazonica, a species of flowering plant and the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies from the Amazon Rainforest. Admire the orchids and the bromeliads collections. Learn about 19th-century Brazilian history from your guide as you stroll amongst the buildings in the garden. Marvel at the beauty of Musas Fountain and explore Pedro Cachimbo rose garden. Take photos between palm trees and make a stop at the Japanese Garden, created in 1935 from the donation of 65 species of typical Japanese plants. As a bonus, enjoy complimentary access also to the Parque Lage. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of this beautiful park.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to the Parque Lage
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fee to the Botanical Garden (prices vary from 15 BRL to 60 BRL)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Picked up right on time by my guide, Bruno. It was about to rain, so we decided to go to Parque Lage first since it is mostly indoors. What a beautiful place! Because of the clouds, we couldn't see the Cristo on Corcovado, but the location more than makes up for it. Bruno made sure I stayed as long as I wanted and took all the pictures I wanted. From there, the rain had mostly stopped and we went to the Botanical Gardens. Bruno know all about the place and the vegetation in it. Because of the rain, there weren't many animals out and about, but I did get to see a baby crane and some turtles. The landscape is so beautiful, it didn't matter that the sky was cloudy. I really enjoyed talking to Bruno and learning more about Rio!

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June 11, 2022

We had the tour with Juan who was super friendly. You could ask him anything and he always had an answer ready. Any time!

October 3, 2022

Grandiose garden, pity that the weather was not at the appointment visit in the unpleasant rain

September 18, 2022

Product ID: 389442