Walking through the gates of Rio’s Jardim Botânico, we stepped in to an oasis of calm. We stretched our necks looking up at the tufted tops of the giant sentinels lining the Avenue of Royal Palms. How little we all seemed; imagine 134 palms reaching 100ft high. Spectacular!
Prince Regent Dom João VI of Portugal (remember the Portuguese royal family rode out the Napoleonic Wars in Brazil) founded the gardens 1808. Initially, the garden’s purpose was to provide a habitat to acclimate plants brought from the West Indies. It wasn’t until 1822 that the garden was opened to the public.
The garden’s streams, waterfalls, ponds, fountains, greenhouses, and historic buildings add to the charm. The variety of plants and trees is truly amazing and many species of birds and some playful marmosets make the garden their home.
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro is a must see!