The aquarium in Rio de Janeiro - AquaRio - covers an area of 26.000 m2. The aquarium includes 5 floors with 28 pools, which contain 4.5 million liters of salt water. It is the largest aquarium in Brazil and South America. About three thousand animals of 350 different species can be found in various marine ecosystems. Biologist Marcelo Szpilman is in charge of the conception, direction and technical responsibility of the project.
The biggest attraction of the aquarium is the Recinto Oceânico with 3.5 million liters of water and depth of seven meters, where visitors can go through the pool, i.e. through the underwater tunnel and see the fish in a completely different light. Visitors can also swim with fish but also see the pools where the sharks are housed.
In the aquarium, there is an activity called "Sleeping in the aquarium", intended for children older than 6 years who can spend the night in the depths of AquaRio. Indoor pools house fish such as piranhas, scorpions, scorpion fish, bamboo sharks, eels, whitenose sharks, and many others.
The virtual aquarium houses fish created by visitors through a new technology that allows the personalization of animals - here you can choose the type, color, size and name - and interact with the created fish through digital screens. The museum within the aquarium has permanent and temporary exhibitions on topics related to marine and aquatic life of both animals and plants. There is also a surfing museum here that displays the history of surfing in Brazil through historical examples of surfboards, some of which were used in the 1960s and 1970s.
Ticket price for the Aquarium
Regular ticket price - 80 BRL
Reduced price - 60 BRL - for residents of Brazil
Reduced price - 40 BRL - children from 3 to 17 years, students from 18 to 24 years, persons over 65 years and persons with disabilities
Free entrance for children up to 2 years
Aquarium opening hours
Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.