Jardim Botânico — Of all of Rio’s green city parks, this is perhaps the best and most elegant. Created by Dom João VI, Regent Prince at the time, to acclimatize the spices Portugal used to import from the East Indies, in October 11th 1808 the Garden became the Royal Horticulture. The Garden only opened officially after 1822
Among the first plants introduced in the Botanical Garden was a palm (Roystonea oleracea), planted by the Regent Prince himself. From that moment on, the tree has been commonly known as the Royal or Imperial Palm. The palm planted by D.João was denominated Palma Mater.
The Botanical Garden is now a favorite relaxation spot. The charming mix of gardens, sculptures, ponds, fountains, tropical forest and imperial palm boulevards includes more than 6,000 international plant species spread over 338 acres. Every season, nature provides a show that shouldn’t be missed.
PARQUES DAS RUÍNAS
Parque da Ruínas — Parque das Ruinas, a turn of the century mansion, is the icon of the Santa Teresa neighborhood “Golden Era” when the cream of Rio’s society lived and or frequented the place.
The mansion’s owner, Lucinda Santos Lobo a charming and clever woman who at the turn of the XIX century was the intellectual “engine” of Rio, became notorious for the soirées she organized, frequented by renowned politicians, diplomats and of course artists.
The charming Lucinda salons were silence witnesses to performances by Villa-Lobos and Isadora Duncan as well as popular artists of the time to many people dismay.
MUSEU CHÁCARA DO CÉU
Museu Chácara do Céu — In 1936 industrialist and arts patron Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya inherited Chácara do Céu mansion in the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
In 1957 Castro Maya had it renovated by modernist architect Wladimir Alves de Souza and the gardens designed by world famous landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx.
Opened in 1972, Chácara do Céu Museum links art, history and nature in flawless harmony. Home to a large collection of books, as well as paintings, ceramics, furniture and objets d’art, outstanding items include works by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Miró, Marcoussis, Di Cavalcanti, and Portinari, as well as a large collection of watercolors and drawings by Debret.
Lunch — Chrrascaria Porcão Rio’s (Flamengo Park) — Located at a privileged site and impeccable service, it offers the best meat of the city, as well as an assorted buffet of salads, sea food and Japanese cuisine.. NOT INCLUDED.