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Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 951 516 5325
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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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Beautiful, but be prepared

This is a gorgeous garden, however only accessible through a guided tour (do not stray, you will be caught by patrolling guards). In order to fully appreciate the beauty of this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a gorgeous garden, however only accessible through a guided tour (do not stray, you will be caught by patrolling guards). In order to fully appreciate the beauty of this place, be ready for standing in the sun for 2 hours (a hat, sunscreen, fan...).

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While you are visiting the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca there are several places where you can look out over the gardens. The view was so nice, we knew we had to go on the Botanical Garden tour. We wanted to go on the early tour to avoid the heat, but the early tour was in Spanish. My wife... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating history of plants and their cultural significance. Be sure to look at the teosinte (early form of maize). Oaxaca is where maize was first domesticated.

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Schertz, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You have to take a tour to see this attraction. We took the Spanish tour because we would have had to wait another hour for the English tour. We understood 90% of what the tour guide told us.

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Schertz, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The garden entrance is at the corner of Reforma and Constitucion. If you read Spanish, you can see that the walled area you about to enter was a garrison. It is now a garden - swords to plow shares. You must have a guide to walk you through the garden. Spanish speaking tours leave every few minutes and cost 50... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is an educational, worth of your time and experience. A monastery used by militaries and now a beautiful garden hosting an immense variety of plants and cactus a visitor will not be able to see anywhere else. Thanks to its advocate Francisco Toledo and Alejandro DeAvila design. Unfortunately, one can’t wonder around at one’s leisure. Visits are allowed only... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We loved this place! Really nice to understand a lot about mexican cultures, their plants, their costumes. Really cool spots for pics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

A beautiful garden that showcases all local to the state plants. The tours last a couple of hours, it's very informative not only on the local flora but some history of the city too. We enjoyed learning and seeing the diversity of the Oaxacan state in one place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This place was amazing, we did not get to go in but saw It from the museum, it closes on Sundays so take your time. In this garden you I’ll get to see pretty much a great variety of all cactuses and magueys that are in Mexico, a little pound and other great plants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

These gardens are awesome. There are so many beautiful cactuses or cacti that you will certainly be amazed. There are a few maturing agave plants as well, but don't ask them if you can harvest them to make Mezcal :(

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