Featuring the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation, Ecuador is one of the richest hotspots on earth for wildlife and plants. It is no wonder then that this small South American country is one of the top 20 megadiverse countries in the world. If you are visiting its capital and want to get a taste of its amazing vegetation, you should stop by the Quito Botanical Garden.
Located on the south side of Parque La Carolina, this quiet and peaceful spot offers a respite from Quito’s bustling pace. The garden is divided into areas covering some of the different local ecosystems, such as cloud forests, wetlands and the páramo.
Without doubt, the biggest attraction of the Quito Botanical Garden is its wonderful orchid collection which showcases many of Ecuador’s endemic species. Orchids are divided into two groups — those living in temperate climates and others that live in warmer climates — each housed in its own greenhouse.
Fun Fact: Ecuador is home to over 4000 species of orchids, making it the country with the highest orchid diversity in the world.
Just outside the complex that houses the orchids, there is a colorful rose garden with a great selection of beautiful roses. Below are some of my favorites.
The botanical garden also features a permanent exhibition of carnivorous plants featuring several species from all around the world.
If you love plants or if you simply want to escape the busy city life for a couple of hours, then a visit to the Quito Botanical Garden is well worth it. This small botanical garden gives visitors a chance to see some of Ecuador’s native plant species right in the heart of the city.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00 / Weekends & holidays: 09:00 – 17:00
Fees: Adults $3.50, children and students $2
Download Map of Quito Botanical Garden: PDF
Website (in Spanish): http://jardinbotanicoquito.com/es/