Just a short ride from Ipanema and a pleasant and gentle introduction to the bird watching potential of southern Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Botanico was created in 1808 by the then Prince Regent Dom João VI who became the 17th King of Portugal. The garden officially opened in 1822, just a few years before Dom João’s death. You can find more information <HERE>.
I was there on 21 September 2012. Birding highlights included Flame-crested Tanager, Channel-billed Toucan, Slaty-breasted Woodrail, Red-shouldered Macaw and Chestnut-backed Antshrike.
There were also good views of Guianan Squirrel and White-tufted Marmoset to kick off the mammal list.
The marmoset is treated as a full species by some (Callithrix jacchus) while others lump it with some close relatives as the Common Marmoset. It occurs naturally further north but has been introduced to Rio and other places in South America.
Do keep off the grass, the gardens are patrolled, very efficiently, by officials on bikes!