Jardim Botânico

Spacious homes, small businesses, and fragrant botanical gardens fill Jardim Botânico.

Redolent flowers and lush gardens lure Rio’s rich and famous to Jardim Botânico  As an ambrosial neighborhood nestled at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, Jardim Botânico provides peaceful respite among one of the city’s most internationally renowned attributes—its namesake botanical retreat. Beyond the stretches of Jardim Botânico's sprawling vigor, spacious detached homes and colorful small businesses line the streets of this poised and placid neighborhood.

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On the Map

Jardim Botânico is bordered by Gávea, Humaitá, and Lagoa

Galeão International Airport: 26 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 11 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus
Lapa: 21 minutes by cab or 52 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 11 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 14 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Opulent Gardens In A Serene Setting

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Jardim Botânico's namesake garden began as a spice cultivation project spearheaded by Portugal's king.

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The neighborhood has grown since it took root in 1808.

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Portugal's legacy of cultivation lives on in Jardim Botânico, a little neighborhood nestled between a placid lake and an enchanted forest.

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The district is very charming.  There's a lot of nature around, and many artists have chosen Jardim Botânico to have their studios."

Local Options for Those Who Never Want to Leave

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Intimate shops, cafes, wine bars, and restaurants make their home in Jardim Botânico.

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The neighborhood's small size and limited number of gathering spaces lend it a hyper-local allure.

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Once in Jardim Botânico, many consider it a task to venture into the core of the city.

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When you've found yourself among such a lovely garden, why would you want to leave?

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Please, don’t get surprised if some distinguished neighbors show up, such as monkeys, tucans and silvesters birds."

Beating the Heat

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Jardim Botânico squeezes between the lake of Lagoa and Rio's wild forests. Combine its isolated location with the wind that moves through its hippodrome, and you've found yourself a significantly breezy destination.

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The neighborhood's namesake botanical gardens provide lush cover for the earth below.

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May you grow strong and tall, small seedling.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Andre Joaquim

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Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.

Fabio Blaser

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Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.

Sam Comen

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Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.