The trip to these gardens and buildings is worth the time. This old 17th century plantation was restored and expanded into an impressive collection of new gardens and some buildings in which Roberto Burle Marx lived and worked until his death, experimenting in botany and design. He collaborated with architects and painters. The guided tour was only available in Portuguese this week. We were accompanied by a friend who translated into English. He has designed gardens, both public and private in at least 20 countries and his impact is still evident. Bring insect repellant!