Last time I posted about Brazil, I told you about my day trip to Petropolis. The Imperial City was kind of an uncommon choice given Rio’s best known attractions (beaches, beaches, beaches).
Well, I kept selecting weird choices. On day 5, I headed to the Jardim Botanico or the Botanical Garden. Yes, Rio has a Botanical Garden and it is better known that what you may think.
The garden dates from 1808 and it was created to acclimatize species imported from the West Indies. With time, the area became a center of conservation and research. As you may know, Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. This garden located in the country’s most famous city is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of the diverse flora and fauna found in its many ecosystems. So you don’t need to get in the middle of the Amazon forest or the Pantanal to appreciate some unique species.
The chance to take a look at plants and animals I have never seen before was what made visit the garden. I have seen a lot of vegetation and animal species in the forests of Central America. I wanted something different. And I am not kidding when I say I was blown away.
I saw so many colorful flowers, weird looking cacti and even carnivorous plants. I was able to see some black howler monkeys eating jackfruit. Plus, there were many birds flying around and singing sweet songs.
If like me, you are interested in exploring new flora and fauna, the Jardim Botanico is not going to disappoint you. There are 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees. Sixty percent of the garden is Atlantic Forest (an ecosystem that is highly endangered). This is why UNESCO has designated the area a biosphere reserve. The park contains 140 species of birds, many of which have become accustomed to humans and are consequently much easier to observe than in the wild. Howler Monkeys and Tuft-eared Marmoset roam freely. There are also monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. Imagine all you can see in there. For me, this is a must see place.
Let me show you what I am taking about.
Stay tuned because I am going to show you more of the flowers and plants I discovered this Friday.
Have you visited Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Garden? Let me know in the comments section below.