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Visiting Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Gardens

Call Me Katie - Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens - 01Back in November Jeff and I went to Rio, and on our first day we headed to the Botanical Gardens. Here’s a picture diary from the day…

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At the entrance, before we’d stepped inside the gardens, we saw a group of people stopped by the side of the path snapping away. We didn’t know what they were looking at at first, but then we saw it – Cristo Redentor was visible through the clouds! Guys, we’re in Rio!

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This was my first time in a truly tropical climate* (tropical svanana, to be specific), so I was excited that I’d not seen the majority of these plants in person in the ground before.

*The closest to a tropical climate I’ve been to before is the subtropical climate of Hangzhou in China.

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Of course I’ve seen cacti before (there’s a tiny one in a pot on my desk at work!), but never growing from the ground!

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And the pineapples were another highlight for me.

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So many cacti!

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And of course, I couldn’t help myself from taking a #fromwhereIstand style snap with the lillypads.

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The Botanical Gardens are massive covering 54 hecatares, and includes something like 6,500 species of Brazillian and foreign flora.

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With so much to see and the beautiful lay out, it was easy to spend the entire day wandering through.

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And while we wandered we saw so many great and interesting things – like these leaves that reminded me of flamingos!

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And monkeys eating jackfruit fresh from the tree!

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Another highlight for me was this (incredibly Instagrammable) orchid room…

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…which was filled with orchids of course!

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And it smelled incredible.

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After the orchid room we headed over to the Bromeliário, which houses some of the 15,000 species of bromeliads in the gardens.

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The main greenhouse here honors the Brazillian artist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

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The Bromeliad has about 530 species from the Brazilian Amazon, Atlantic Forest, South America and Central America – with an emphasis on endemic, rare and endangered species.

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Running through the gardens are several rivers and streams, and if I remember correctly I think this one is the Rio dos Macacos. 

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Next we walked down the Avenue of Royal Palms, which is lined with over 100 palm trees.

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Along the Avenue of Royal Palms is the Fountain of the Muses. It originally adorned Largo da Lapa, and was brought to the Botanical Gardens in 1905.

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Every now and again we’d spot our friend Cristo off in the distance from some of the higher points throughout the gardens.

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Sometimes we’d spot a butterfly up close!

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While we were in the Botanical Gardens I’d spotted a few fashion blogger types having their pictures taken in this collonade, so I figured I’d give it a go!

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By the end of the day we were ready for a nap… just like this kitty we spotted in the cafe!

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