Founded in 1808 by D. João VI, the Botanical Garden is an important touristic side of the city and so much visited by researchers who study the hundreds of species that are there. With a total area of 137 hectares, being 54 of acreage, the Botanical Garden houses rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as old trees and exotic plants.
The Garden also has constructions at the beginning of the XVI century, saving a rich historical and cultural heritage. Between the monuments, the highlights are the Eco and Narciso de mestre Valentim statues, the portal of the Academy of Fine Arts, projected by Grandjean de Montigny, and the Japanese Garden, created in 1935, from the donation of 65 species of typical Japanese plants. The Park also is an excellent place to observe the birds, because there are more than a hundred different species living among the crowns and trunks of the trees.
The Environment Museum and Espaço Tom Jobim stages, expositions and important cultural events of the city, also have the Botanical garden attractions.
According to visit.rio