Plant at Quito's Botanical Garden in Ecuador

Experience Ecuador’s Biodiversity at Quito Botanical Garden

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.

Path at Quito Botanical Garden in Ecuador

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.

Carnivorous plant at Quito Botanical Garden in Ecuador

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.

Practical Information

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):

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Bianca Bauza

Bianca Bauza is a world citizen who spent almost four years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She's now based in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She still enjoys traveling, on her own or with her family, and is always looking for an opportunity to see new places.

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