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Ethnobotanical Garden

Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
951 516 5325
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Ranked #7 of 57 attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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Mexico City, Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

They have this amazing species of cactus and flowers and trees, which help you understand more where Oaxaca comes from, they have plants for the different climates in the whole state, you can book a guide tour either in the morning or the afternoon. Is relaxing and calm and a great scenario for several pictures.

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Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

On one of the garden paths, each of the smooth river stones forming the path has a nail in its center fixing it to the ground. Rocks nailed to the ground certainly grab your attention. The artists who designed the garden did this to make the rocks look better and challenge your notion of how paths are made. It is... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Diego was a great (English-speaking, Tues & Thurs only) guide. He is well educated and delightfully enthusiastic in his role. Hugely fun & helpful!

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Seattle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I tried walking into the garden when the guard just yelled at me in spanish. Not being a spanish speaker, I was a little taken aback - I thought he wanted me to buy a ticket or write my name in the visitor's log. But it turns out I was not allowed to go in at all - which was... More

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Bellingham
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

There are two English language tour here each week. The garden was designed, apparently, by artists, and it is beautifully done. The guide had great knowledge of the plants and their history with the state of Oaxaca. My only objection was, with the heat and the length of the tour (2 hours) there were few places to sit and rest.

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

...a beautiful marriage of plants and historic architecture. Tours are required with an option for the language of your choice. In collaboration with some of the world's most famous healers, such as Dona Enriquetta, the Ethnobotanical Garden has gathered thousands of plants, many with powerful healing properties. It is truly a must see for plant enthusiasts.

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wow don't miss the interesting garden. Worth the visit for the history lesson. Had no idea of the diversity of the plants

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nyc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We learned a lot about Mexican botany and Oaxacan history. If you speak passable Spanish go on the Spanish tour.

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Ottawa
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134 reviews 134 reviews
48 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

There is a wonderful newspaper reading room just of the entrance to the botanical garden provided as a civic minded gesture for people to enjoy at no cost - go there even if you don't read Spanish because just sitting quietly and watching local residents come in for their daily newspaper read is a joy. As for the gardens themselves,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My wife, step-son and I all went on the English tour of the garden that began at 11:00 am. Although not spring chickens, we were definitely skewing the age demographic of the tour group (although, the truth be told, my father, who would have fit comfortable in the tour's age demographic, would have loved it). Three pieces of advice: bring... More

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