Departure: 08:00am – This tour requires a 48hs pre-booking and is subject to availability.
09:00 (2 hours) — Burle Max — Burle Marx, one of the most important landscape artists of modern times, bought the Santo Antonio da Bica State in Barra de Guaratiba in 1949 to store his plant collection. The state has a marvelous house and a small chapel that dates back to the 16th century. Both buildings were lovingly restored and Burle Marx lived there from 1973 until his death in 1994. In 1985, the property was donated to the Brazilian government in trust for posterity and became a National Monument. It is now called Sítio Roberto Burle Marx. In an area of approximately 100 acres, visitors can see more than 3,500 species of plants (many threatened with extinction), an extraordinary collection of religious images and pottery, a fabulous art collection, a library with over 2,500 books and of course Burle Marx’s own paintings.
The city and people of Rio and all those who love nature and struggle to preserve it are heirs to Burle Marx’s legacy of inestimable value.
12:00 (1 ½ hour) – Lunch – Satyricon Restaurant (Fine Italian Cuisine) – Not included
13:45 — 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.