By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The city of Rio is famous for its many natural wonders, but its parks and gardens are also well worth exploring. Whether designed by Brazilian architectural maverick Roberto Burle Marx, or as a former garden of the country’s Presidents, or even constructed especially for the city's 2016 Olympic games, these parks and gardens, large and small, are the perfect place to spend a peaceful day out.

"My favorite park in Rio is the historical Parque Lage, located at the foot of the Corcovado mountain," comments Tavi Noren of

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