Have you ever heard of Roberto Burle Marx? No? But you do know Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro with its black and white mosaic of the promenade! The famous wavy pattern was designed by Roberto Burle Marx and is now found on t-shirts, beach towels and postcards. Find out more about this landscape arquitect and visit his late residence, the Sitio Burle Marx in Rio de Janeiro. If you’re tired of the typical sightseeing tours, check out this insider tip!Whether you’re a nature lover, arquitecture nerd or art enthusiast, you will love this trip. It’s a great get-away from the city and only 45-60 minutes from Ipanema by car (as always, depending on traffic).
How to get to Sitio Burle Marx
Unfortunately public transport isn’t very good. It’s recommendable to go by car or cab. However, hte Sitio Burle Marx is easy to find, have a look at the map for more information:
Address: Estrada Roberto Burle Marx 2019 – Barra de Guaratiba
Visit Sitio Burle Marx
Burle Marx left a huge collection of plants that is a serious competition for any botanic garden. Enjoy a one hour walk through his former home and marvel at his various collections, a colonial chapel and endless gardens. Sitio Burle Marx means “Burle Marx farm” in English and the residence does indeed look like a “plant farm”. You’ll be impressed by the wide range of plants and trees and if you ever wondered how the açaí palm looked like – you’ll find out here! It’s a great place to learn more about Brazilian plants, biologists give you a tour around the property and are more than happy to answer all your questions. Burle Marx wasn’t only interested in plants though, his house is also full of pottery and fossil collections. Tours are in Portuguese or English and have to be booked in advance:
|Tel: (21) 2410-1412
By the way, Burle Marx did not only create the Copacabana pavement, the whole city of Rio de Janeiro bears his mark. Burle Marx designed the Ipanema promenade, the Flamengo park, the gardens of the Moreira Salles Institute, etc. His work can also be found all over the world, including the Parque del Este in Venezuela and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park in Malaysia.
If you live in Rio de Janeiro, the Sitio Burle Marx is a great spot to buy plants for your home. There’s a small nursery and if you’re already coming by car – why not take a souvenir of Burle Marx’s botanic collection?