MONKEYS - AND SOME PLANTS AS WELL

We have now visited the Botanical Garden in Rio. The garden as founded in 1808 so the place has lots of history. On the way in, we saw a black toucan - very exciting for Lili who loves birds very much. Our current recurring discussion revolves around adopting a parrot (and I am not so sure about that).

However, the most fun part of the garden was certainly the monkeys. They are called tufted eared marmosets, and the below picture will tell you why.  

Cute little guys, n'est-ce pas? 

Cute little guys, n'est-ce pas? 

This picture gives a good idea of the size of the monkeys, and also how close we got. They are quite unafraid of people and the photos I took are all without zoom. Lili on the left and our guide Luis' daughter Julia on the right. 

This picture gives a good idea of the size of the monkeys, and also how close we got. They are quite unafraid of people and the photos I took are all without zoom. Lili on the left and our guide Luis' daughter Julia on the right. 

This is a classic Jardim Botanico picture. The boulevard of Emperor Palms, majestically reaching to the sky. And back to the topic of climbing palm trees - apparently in the past you could make so much money from selling the seeds of this palm tree that slaves would learn to climb them. Not everyone had emperors palms!

This is a classic Jardim Botanico picture. The boulevard of Emperor Palms, majestically reaching to the sky. And back to the topic of climbing palm trees - apparently in the past you could make so much money from selling the seeds of this palm tree that slaves would learn to climb them. Not everyone had emperors palms!

And here is an interesting bit of trivia - did you know that Brazil got its name from a tree? We did not. 

And here is an interesting bit of trivia - did you know that Brazil got its name from a tree? We did not.