Parque Lage

R. Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22461-000, Brazil

Perhaps the perfect companion activity to a visit to the Jardim Botânico is found on the same street: a park that transports visitors to another age. The site of a former sugar mill belonging to an elite family, the property also is home to a diminutive, architecturally eclectic palace from the early 20th century that today serves as a fine-arts academy. Its interior features a cloister and pool that are stunningly photogenic, with the jungle in the background and Cristo Redentor high above. You’ll even find a path there that leads to the Corcovado summit, suitable only for the heartiest adventurers. Mere mortals content themselves with a coffee on the patio or a leisurely garden stroll.

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Parque Lage, Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro

This is a huge tropical park, with lakes and English gardens and the trailhead that leads up Corcovado mountain. I love having breakfast in the park at the Café du Lage, while everyone else is doing their morning exercise routine. Rua Jardim Botânico 414. As told to Heidi Mitchell. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. we are

While I was in Rio I was lucky enough to meet Batman (Resident-March/April 12 issue of AFAR) and his assistant (no, his assistant isn’t named Robin). We met at Parque Lage and had a coffee in the cafe. They hadn’t seen the copy of AFAR yet so it was great to see their faces as they flipped through the issue! Definitely a big highlight! Here is a link to the AFAR article:

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