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Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin

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Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Cancun km 320 | Frente a la entrada de la ruta de los cenotes, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+52 998 206 9233
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A pleasant jungle walk

Sadly no spider monkeys sighted but we saw good geckoes and enjoyed the swinging bridge. Probably... read more

Reviewed December 23, 2016
Joanna C
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Beautiful but bring bug spray!

This is an interesting place - wide variety of flora and fauna. Rickety old look-out deck (over the... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Cancun km 320 | Frente a la entrada de la ruta de los cenotes, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+52 998 206 9233

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Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

Sadly no spider monkeys sighted but we saw good geckoes and enjoyed the swinging bridge. Probably wrong time of year as plant life varied and well labelled but not that interesting., especially if you are a regular botanic garden visitor in other places. Take your...More

1  Thank Joanna C
Reviewed December 20, 2016

This is an interesting place - wide variety of flora and fauna. Rickety old look-out deck (over the mangroves); not sure how safe it is!

1  Thank MNKate2016
Reviewed November 21, 2016

My wife and I stopped in here around midday. It was a little late for birding, but still was able to locate several wintering warblers along the two KM circuit. The entrance fee was quite reasonable (I think about $10 US). We saw quite a...More

3  Thank Bob W
Reviewed October 27, 2016

This was my second visit this beautiful jungle environment. Many of the plants, almost most, are natural in their setting. There are many markers identifying the plants and almost all are in Spanish. Keep in mind that the humidity will be extremely high and the...More

3  Thank 2dives
Reviewed October 12, 2016

I have seen quite a few public tropical gardens & this one is NOT that beautiful, but has a few pluses. It is really green but all mostly the same vegetation. If you like being surprised from animals YOU will see & hear many. The...More

3  Thank Jeanne890
Reviewed October 5, 2016

We took a cheap and quick taxi to the site and did a self guided walk through the tropical jungle and ruins in February. It was great to get into the woods and meander along the extensive paths and visit some of the display areas....More

Reviewed April 27, 2016

Feels like you are out in jungle. Not manicured or too tame. Swinging bridge. Lots of walking.. Great when it's not too hot. Were here a few years ago.

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Reviewed April 11, 2016

An excellent place to visit. Not only is there great examples of the local vegetation and some Mayan ruins, but it is also a great place for birds and wildlife.

1  Thank Diomedia
Reviewed April 4, 2016

This place is way bigger than you think! It begins with a few display ares with palms, cacti, an outdoor theatre, and THEN it starts to get wild! As you make your way around the 'gardens' you get deeper into the jungle - there are...More

3  Thank cdav2014
Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We were a bit surprised at the admission price, given that the park seemed a bit neglected. However we did see some cool stuff. The hanging bridge was super sketchy but fun!

1  Thank Brian Dean W
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September 23, 2015|
Response from Mike L | Reviewed this property |
not too far, I was staying in Playa de Carmen and had a hire car. The drive was about 1/2 hr and the entrance to the gardens are (literally) on the slip road off to Puerto Morelos 120 pesos to go in and take anti mosquito... More
Barbara H
January 30, 2015|
Response from Tonywbhort | Reviewed this property |
Some of the main species of interest are labelled especially on the trees not so much on the herbaceous plants. It's not like a botanic gardens in Europe but well worth a visit.
Hi! I am planning a visit to Mexico February 3 to 10 2015. My wife, son and I will be staying at Grand Sirenis near Akumal. I am a birdwatcher and I have visited the Yucatan several times. I have a few questions concerning the Botanical Gardens that I am hoping you might be able to answer: 1) the entrance seems hard to find, according to information on the Internet. Is it on the main highway between Akumal and Playa del Carmen (#307)? 2) should I take a taxi? Collectivo/ It appears to be about an hour from Akumal but Google Maps isn't actually finding the Botanical Gardens for me. 3) what is the best time of day, and how long should I allow for a visit? 4) how safe/kid-friendly is this place? I have read about a lot of mosquitoes... 5) do you have any information on the birds that are likely to be seen at the Botanical Gardens? Many thanks; John
January 5, 2015|
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Response from 585Rodney585 | Reviewed this property |
It is a considerable distance from Akamal to the Gardens and would be quite expensive in a taxi. Hiring a car for a few days may afford some flexibility to visit other sights as well. It is true that the entrance is a little... More