The Botanical Garden of Curitiba (Jardim Botânico de Curitiba), in the middle of the city, provides a tranquil respite for locals and visitors alike. Designed in the style of French royal gardens, the park’s crown jewel is the 4,844-square-foot (450-square-meter) art nouveau, metal and glass greenhouse that sits against the Curitiba skyline.
Curitiba’s botanical garden is home to thousands of Brazilian tropical plant species, including rare flowers, as well as beautiful statues and fountains that you can explore for hours on end. Busy locals flock here as well to take a break from life on the lush green lawns.
The garden is a highlight of broader sightseeing tours of Curitiba that also take in key landmarks such as the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (Museu Oscar Niemeyer), the Wire Opera House (Ópera de Arame), and Tangua Park (Parque Tanguá).
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Botanical Gardens of Curitiba are a great place to sit and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing in the city.
- Wear layers to the park, as the weather can change quickly.
- The park is wheelchair accessible via the paved walkways throughout most of the premises.
How to Get There
The Jardim Botânico is easily accessible by foot from Curitiba’s city center. You can also take a number of city buses—including the tourist bus, Linha Turismo—to the garden. It is advised not to drive, as parking is very limited.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Botanical Gardens is during the spring months of September, October, and November, when the plants and flowers are just starting to bloom. The summer months, while busier, are also beautiful for relaxing and picnicking on the plush lawns.
The Garden of Sensations
Since 2008, the Jardim Botânico de Curitiba has hosted an exhibit dubbed “The Garden of Sensations” in which visitors can experience vegetation with their senses. You can learn about 60 species of flora without your vision, by using smell and touch instead. It is one of the most popular exhibits of the gardens and intrigues guests of all ages.