Rio De Janeiro Botanical GardensHot
A must see if you come to Rio. Plan to spend 3 hours or more here. Cacti section, tall palms, lake with massive fish...But its really well done. Also enjoy the views up to Christ the redeemer.
You can get a bus direct from Copacabana and Ipanema.
Up the road 15 minutes is Parque Lage, interesting for its main building inside and there is a treck which goes all the way up to Corcovado ! Not often made these days but the path is good. It takes a good pair of hiking boots but I did it in flip flops in 1 hr 30. You should take hiking boots and take longer to do it.
For me these were a highlight of my Rio stay. A tranquility away from the streets but so well kept and so diverse from cactus to tall giant palm trees with fascinating sculptures in house and of course crist de redentor in the backdrop. I also saw a snake slither across my path, then there is a little known walk from another spot 15 minutes up the road where the brave can hike al the way up to christ the redeemer. Now there you will deserve that beer !
total praser !