Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Tours

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Brazil’s most famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx, left his legacy all over the country and was known for creating some of the most beautiful park spaces in the city of Rio. His own home, the big estate that is today known as Sitio Roberto Burle Max, is no exception and is undoubtedly one of his masterpieces. The property is a former banana plantation, which Marx bought together with his brother in 1949 and transformed into intricately designed gardens. Today, over twenty years after the owner’s death, it takes 18 gardeners to care for the 40 hectare property, despite the almost complete lack of flowers. This design choice was Marx’s signature, as he wanted to achieve aesthetic timelessness and avoid seasonal changes. Instead, grasses, layers of shrubs and palm trees create flowing transitions between varying shades of green, with the occasional bromeliad adding a pop of color. 

The gardens aren’t the only highlight though. Inside Marx’s original farmhouse and studio, many of his paintings, furniture and sculptures are on display and show the creative force of a design genius. You see, the famous designer was never married or had children and instead, dedicated his life to tirelessly working on his art. Visitors can also walk through the big dining room, where Marx welcomed Rio’s art world and admire the music room.

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Sitio Roberto Burle Marx can be found in the Barra de Guaratiba neighborhood in the west of Rio de Janeiro. Marx’s estate opens Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 1:30pm, but a reservation in advance is necessary.
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Address: Estrada Roberto Burle Marx, 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Barra de Guaratiba, Brazil
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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-1:30pm
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Private Tour

Visit the Roberto Burle Marx home and gardens during a private 4-hour tour from Rio. In the company of a local guide, explore the home of this artists and designer, surrounded by lush property filled with native plants. The Sitio Roberto Burle Marx is built in a distinctly Brazilian style, including elements of cubism and abstractionism. Walk through the peaceful gardens and admire the home's collection of folk art while learning about his life, work and esthetic from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The landscaper Burle Marx and its site - cultural heritage

Burle Marx, the multiple artist, was a collector of plants and objects of art and design, among which Brazilian folk art stands out, displayed on the site where one can visit the seventeenth-century church restored by him. The visit to the Burle Marx Site is a highly inspiring and rare opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of nature preservation as we observe one of the most important collections of tropical plants in the world. After the visit to the site, we will continue to Pedra de Guaratiba and its lush beaches. In an attempt to dominate Rio de Janeiro in the XVI century, the French chose this place to setlle down and follow by land towards the shores of Guanabara Bay. Pedra de Guaratiba keeps many stories to tell its visitors. Following the beaches of Grumari, Prainha, Macumba, Recreio, Barra da Tijuca, São Conrado, Leblon and Ipanema.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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