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Ethnobotanical Garden

Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
951 516 5325
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Ranked #5 of 49 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Pleasant Hill, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Ethnobotanical garden is worth the visit. The garden itself is designed by artists and contains only plants from Oaxaca. You need to go on a tour (either English or Spanish) since it is not otherwise open for viewing. Our guide was great and it was fascinating to hear the history and see some remarkable plants.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Gorgeously designed modern botanical garden in a historical setting, and we learned so much about the local flora from the guide.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You can't believe what's behind some of the walls in Oaxaca. This garden has a story to be told on how it came to be; I won't spoil it for you. Take water with you. Don't linger after the tour is over or la policia will scold you mercilessly.

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San Diego, California, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

...and I wasn't at all keen on the fact that you MUST pay a relatively hefty tour price just to access the garden. That said, it was worth it. The guide was incredibly interesting and responsive to questions. The garden was gorgeous. The tour was probably around two hours and I could have kept going. Worth stopping in.

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jerusalem
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Do the tour. Don't miss it . It is fascinating and packed with intriguing information and enhances the garden understanding which would have been such a missed opportunity if we had done alone. We did the guided English tour which is only two or three time SA week at 11.00 . There is a Spanish version as well. You need... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Initially I thought .... really .... a botanical tour of plants? For 2 hours? In the end, we couldn't believe how quickly the 2 hours passed, and it could have been longer. This place is amazing. Most botanical gardens are created by botanists, not by artists, and the difference is in the art ... all in all, a must see... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

For anyone with an interest in plants, gardens, Mexican history, the environment in general, Ethnobotanical Garden is a must! And unless you are a native Spanish speaker, take the English tour offered several days each week at 11:00 a.m. One is not allowed to enter the garden other than with a tour. The tour is a couple of hours and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I never actually went into the gardens. It looked like a cool space from the outside, but you're only allowed to tour it with a guide, and the guides leave from the main entrance at very specific times. 100 Pesos for the English Guide / 50 pesos for Spanish. If you want to go, be sure you figure out what... More 

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

English tours are at specific times and on specific dates. Check at the gate for the current tour hours. The tour takes about 2 hours and is well worth it. There is a charge, but it is minimal. You cannot go into the garden unless you go with a guide. The plant specimens are extraordinary and well taken care of.... More 

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San Francisco
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36 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Check when they do tours in English. It was Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. when we were there. Well worth it. Fascinating stories and the garden is amazing.

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