Things to do in Quito: A day at the Botanical Garden
If you just have a couple of hours in the capital of Ecuador or if you love nature, a visit to Quito Botanical Garden will be the perfect choice for you.
If there is an attraction that I would consider a hidden gem in my city, it is the botanical garden. Flora is one of several reasons why Ecuador is considered a diverse country, and if you want to see some of it, this is the place. Quito Botanical garden is located in the Southern end of Parque La Carolina, in the modern part of the city and has as it’s main aim that of conservation and educational purposes.
The Botanical Garden
These gardens used to be called Hortus Medicus in the past, they were orchards used to cultivate medicinal plants brought from different parts of the world. Nowadays botanical gardens are areas meant to showcase species of a wide range of plants, with scientific, educational and conservation purposes.
The garden showcases plants from different ecosystems of the country including the wetlands in the highlands, the cloud forest and the dry spiny scrublands.
Some other features of the park you get to admire along the path include: greenhouses, ornamental(Zen, roses and bonsai) and thematic gardens. In addition there is a gorgeous pond, a shop and a café.
For me the absolutely best feature is the orchids house, featuring over 1,200 species of orchids. Out of them, 100 are native to the country. Ecuador is the country that boasts the highest diversity when it comes to orchids in the world. Make sure to save at least a couple of hours to visit the orchid house which in fact is located almost at the end of the park.
We just spent there hours enjoying the different shapes and gorgeous colors of the different species.
How to get there
You can take a taxi to bring you to the entrance of the garden or to the park, you need to stop by La Tribuna and then you can enjoy a short walk to the garden. Remember always to take official safe taxis from your hotel an App, or a shopping center.
The address is: Pasaje # 34, Rumipamba E6-264 y Av Shirys
Parque La Carolina – Quito
Opening hours are 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm weekends and holidays.
Get a sneek peek
Try to get there early, in order to have enough time to enjoy the different ecosystems. When there is light and sun there will be brighter colors for your pictures as well as birds and butterflies.
Last time I was there, I spent a couple of hours in the morning, left for lunch and actually came back to continue exploring the garden and to take pictures!
In sum, this is a place for all ages, to take a break from the city and cherish nature.
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