Wander spectacular botanic gardens
The Rio de Janeiro botanical gardens are something very different from the tame little laid-out rose beds you might find at home. Instead, they’re a showcase of Brazil’s exotic flora (and fauna, if you’re lucky!) and definitely worth the trip to go and see. The gardens back up on the Tijuca forest, so if you’re not quite up to hiking, this is a good way to experience the rainforest without having to go in.
Pack your hiking boots
The Jardim Botanico are impressively large, and can offer a challenging hike if you’re up to the task–don’t forget the bug spray, though! Mosquitos come in extra-large in these parts.
If you’d rather take things easy, there’s a lawn to relax on with a picnic–or a French restaurant, if you’d prefer to dine in style. It comes highly recommended, and can be accessed without paying the (small) park entrance fee, too, so you can enjoy the surrounds without having to traipse through them.