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“Must see soap/shampoo tree”

Ethnobotanical Garden
Ranked #8 of 127 things to do in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
United States
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Must see soap/shampoo tree”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

The Botanical Garden is a must see while in Oaxaca. English-speaking tours are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11:00 am (100 pesos). About 2 hours, very informative, not only on botanical matters, Mexican history is woven into the story. Bring sunscreen and a hat.

Visited February 2014
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Seattle, WA
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“not to be missed”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

It's essential--and the guide Diego is great. It's beautiful and you get a great sense of history, so even if you're not that into plants, it's well worthwhile. Also introduced us to the artists Francisco Toledo, who played the key role in making the garden happen

Visited January 2014
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Must see in Oaxaca!”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

This garden setup next to the Cathedral was stunning. The foundation that set it up did an excellent job in showcasing the biodiversity of Oaxaca and it surrounding regions. The people who work there are also passionate about the place so they spent a lot of time on the tour going through each area and explaining the importance of the plants to Oaxaca and its citizens. It is a must see when in Oaxaca, and probably some of the best spent hours.

Visited December 2013
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Calgary
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Go on Tuesday for English guided tour”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

The volunteer tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the plants and trees, how they were used from pre-historic times and the history of the facility and Mexico in general. We went in expecting to stay for about an hour but stayed for whole 2.5 hour tour. Well worth the 100 pesos per person.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Can be seen by guided tours only”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Because of a careless public, this important garden is not open for wandering, but can be seen only on guided tours. English tours are given several times a week, and Spanish tours several times a day. Show up at the gate 5 - 10 minutes beforehand to pay and join the group. Our guide was knowledgable and professional.

Visited January 2014
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