The Botanic Garden

Tucked away behind Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Ipanema Beach, Rio’s shady Jardin Botanico Offers a haven of peace from the sweaty urban rush.
Founded by Prince Regent Joao in 1808 as a temporary repository for imported plants to become acclimatized to the tropics, the gardens were reserved for the aristocracy until they opened to the public after the Proclamation of the Republic in 1889. Plants are grouped in distinct areas linked together by gravel paths and interspersed with streams and waterfalls.
The gardens have lent their name on the surrounding neighborhood, which has some excellent restaurants, bar and clubs.