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Ethnobotanical Garden

Address: Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 951 516 5325
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Ranked #8 of 86 things to do in Oaxaca
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant species, all native to Oaxaca...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: 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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Oakland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca should be included on everyone's visit to Oaxaca. It's origins are a very interesting story: A former army barracks, abandoned and used as a trash dump. Almost turned into a parking structure. The space was championed and designed in part by Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo. It is a symbol of a city that prides itself... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The qualifier here on the five stars is getting into the tour, which when we visited, unexpectedly, only permitted a limited number (far less than the 70-odd some have mentioned -- I would gues 36?). So be early and conscious. Our guide was Carol Turkenik, and 'brilliant' is not too strong a word. The two hours flew by, as she... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The garden itself is fascinating, my tour was unwieldy at over 70 people which made it difficult for everyone. I suggest tour availability for more knowledgeable people that differed front eh regular 'tourist' version….

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Tijuana, Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This place is beautiful. Used for BIG events of high end weddings. High walls and VIP feel. The kind of place you see in fashion and FORBE'S like events.

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I actually thought this was going to be quite boring....a 2 hour talk about plants?! The crowd was enormous (I guess English speaking tours are at a premium), plus the average age was about 20 years older than ours....we almost left, but I am sure glad we didn't. The guide possessed an immense wealth of information, not only about the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Diversity of indigenous plants to Oaxaca and surrounding area amazing. The site is much larger than it looks and the knowledge of our guide made for very interesting tour. Time flew by and this doesn't often happen for me.

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Long Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Most definitely take the tour! So much information that can be learned from plants about history. Santo Domingo cannot be understood nor the history of Oaxaca without a visit to this garden. Cesar Chavez (yes, that is tour guides name!) was funny, informative and passionate about the garden.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I was so looking forward to the English Tour. I had "intestinal troubles" in the morning and got there 4 minutes late. I could still see the tour group standing 50' away - not yet in the gardens - and the guard refused to sell me a ticket. I know they weren't sold out because I have read other comments... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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108 reviews 108 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a real success story -- transforming a large piece of land in the city from an Army junk yard into a beautiful and important botanical garden in the city. During the approximately 2-hour tour, you learn about the history of Oaxaca through its plants -- how corn, beans, and squash were domesticated; how a variety of plants are... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We loved walking about in the garden. If you are from a place of flowers and forests, this will be a change for you. Cactus and other plants that grow in dry, hot conditions. Nice walkways that lead you through and you are able to photograph the plants and see things we do not see where I live.

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