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Address: Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 951 516 5325
Activities: Walking
Description: The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant...
The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant species, all native to Oaxaca. Planting began in 1998 with plants coming from different regions in the state of Oaxaca; such as arid, humid, low tropical and high mountainous temperate zones. The garden represents the broad diversity of geological formations, types of vegetation and climates that characterize Oaxaca.
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Who would have thought a garden tour could be so interesting for 2+ hours. We went on the tour because it is the only way to get in to the garden, but Carol made it so interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Toronto
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Who would have thought a garden tour could be so interesting for 2+ hours. We went on the tour because it is the only way to get in to the garden, but Carol made it so interesting it turned out to be one of our real highlights. She gives you a great overview of the history of the area as... More 

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Durham, NC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Our English speaking tour guide Carol Turkenik was one of the best tour guides we've ever had. Her knowledge of the garden and speaking abilities made for a great 2 hours. We had peeked at the garden from the Oaxaca Cultural Museum but Carol made the garden come alive talking about the flora and culture of Oaxaca. This garden is... More 

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London
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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We went on the English tour and although non of our party are in any way either serious botanists or gardeners we all hugely enjoyed it. The setting of the garden and the plantings are beautiful, but it was the manner in which the tour was delivered which made this a real highlight of our trip. Carol our guide, who... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

English guide for 100 MP. excellent venue, well done and I learned a lot about the native plants that are showcased in this beautiful park.

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chicago
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It was a beautiful oasis, right behind Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center. We took the 10am tour, it cost $50 MX$, not sure if you have the option not take the tour, but either way it was worth it to know what plants we were looking at and we were even able to try some edible leaves and flowers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Very good tour. 2 hours but she kept it interesting and relevant for a wide range of interests. highly recommended.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Located behind Santo Domingo, this was a high point of our visit to Oaxaca. The English-language tour (with Carol) took slightly over 2 hours but was never boring. Tremendous insight not only into the plants but also the history of Oaxaca and the plants that created the local culture. A must-do while in Oaxaca.

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I have taken this tour with Carole at least four times. She is an expert and can answer all questions. You will see many of the the plants that grow in the state of Oaxaca and learn about their uses by indigenous and European peoples. Bring a hat and sunscreen and check the day for the English tour. You can... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

El Jardin Etnobotanico is one of the world's best ethnobotanic gardens, with an amazing collection of plants native and endemic to Oaxaca presented in the context of their uses by the many ethnic groups of Oaxaca over time. The setting, with an artistic layout including sculptures by Oaxaca's main artists, not just a place for a peaceful walk, but also... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We finally got a chance to tour the Jardín Etnobotánico after missing out on our previous trip to Oaxaca. You may only visit during tours, which last roughly 1.75-2 hours. English language tours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am. The guides provide the right amount of information, discussing the uses of all of the plants and the purpose, history,... More 

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