Why Choose Jardim Botânico
Welcome to Rio’s greenest neighborhood, Jardim Botânico, which grew around its iconic two-century-old namesake, Rio’s Botanical Garden. One of King Dom João VI’s favorite places in town, Jardim Botânico still preserves some of its past grandeur with its beautiful villas in the middle of the woods that make it look like an enchanted forest. Yet as a foreigner exploring an unknown land, you might feel more comfortable with a little bit of help. So this exclusive guide to staying in Jardim Botânico will ensure you won’t miss anything this amazing and eclectic neighborhood has to offer before chilling out in your luxury Jardim Botânico apartment rentals.
Of course you can spend days on end just cycling through the neighborhood’s peaceful streets, wandering through the notable royal-palm-lined alleys or admiring the giant water lilies on the pond of Rio’s Botanical Garden. This is not the only piece of nature you’ll grab here though. Just a couple blocks away you’ll find stunning Parque Lage, which still houses a gorgeous historical villa where underground parties and edgy art performances occasionally take place. Hidden behind the Botanical Garden is Horto, a quiet residential area that houses Rio’s most beautiful waterfalls at one of the entrances to Tijuca Forest Park.
Yet if you’re one of those who love indulging the pleasures of urban life as well, Jardim Botânico has a lot to offer in the form of fancy restaurants, enchanting patisseries, and laid-back, nature-immersed bars all within walking distance to your Jardim Botânico apartment rental. Many celebrities who work at Globo media conglomerate, headquartered in the neighborhood, also live here. The presence of this quite demanding crew you’ll rub shoulders with ensures the high standards of virtually all business around.
During Carnival, the neighborhood’s usually calm streets become unrecognizable as many street parties (the so-called blocos) take over, the most famous of which being Suvaco do Cristo (literally Christ’s Armpit, after Jardim Botânico’s location below the right arm of Christ the Redeemer statue). Finally, whether you love betting or just watching horse races, Rio’s largest arena for that purpose, historical Jockey Club, is also located here.
Jardim Botânico’s surroundings couldn’t be better either. To the south, Rio’s most famous lagoon, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, is the perfect place for the practice of sports, from kayaking to wakeboarding, or just for a casual stroll through its waterfront parks while drinking refreshingly cold coconut water and admiring hip Ipanema and Leblon across the lagoon. Gávea, Jardim Botânico’s younger cousin, is where you should go to have a beer and blend in with the cool crowd that attends the neighboring Catholic University (PUC-Rio). Small yet charming Shopping da Gávea has a bunch of hip boutique shops, a state-of-the-art movie theater, and four renowned theaters, so you should be fine with shopping and culture just a few steps away from you.
Regardless of what you’re looking for during your vacation in Rio, Jardim Botânico definitely has you covered, as our guide to staying in Jardim Botânico has shown you. Being surrounded by nature while not missing all the city’s incredible vibe sums it all up, but it’s no good just reading about it. So book your tickets right away and come enjoy your luxury Rio de Janeiro penthouse in Jardim Botânico!