Rio Botanical Garden
One of Rio’s many beautiful spots is the Jardim Botânico located at the base of the Tijuca National Park It was originally founded in 1808 to acclimate foreign species form the west indies and other parts of the world, and now sports mature trees and other plants from all over the world. I was particularly interested to go check out the collection of orchids and carnivorous plants. Dodging rain showers, and monkeys, I perambulated the park taking in the wonderful smells and views of the Atlantic forest and the garden. The café provided a nice spot to read a book and drink some expresso. Don’t skip this spot if you’re in Rio!