Jardin Botanico de Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
I went to Jardin Botanico de Medellin on a public holiday Monday, which was also the last day of one of the biggest annual festivals in Medellin, La Feria de Flores.
I’m not sure if this means my timing was good or bad. There were definitely more people in the garden than there would have been the following day, but it also meant there were lots of displays, food, and other activities going on.
Cost(s): 18,000 per adult. I think normally it might be cheaper.
Jardin Botanico de Medellin
Not surprisingly, the first thing I saw when I entered was a flower display.
The Jardin Botinical de Medellin is pretty big. I pretty much headed straight to the boardwalk, which I think was labelled the tropical jungle.
I was lucky enough to be there at the time of the yearly orchid displays.
There were lots of them (orchids) as well as other plants which I think were part of a competition or something.
It was during the festival of flowers (Feria de Flores) so I wasn’t surprised with all the displays, but I guess it is possible they are there all time.
There is a pretty nice lake you can chill by too.
I saw a few tortoises around the place.
And a couple of ducks also.
There was a small garden dedicated to desert plants.
And a small butterfly garden, but it was pretty disappointing. I think I saw a total of 3 real butterfly’s.
All over the park are large areas for people to just chill.
There was a palm tree garden with a few species of palms I’ve never come across before.
And this bamboo garden which you couldn’t actually enter. I think it was under maintenance, which is a shame because I love walking through giant bamboo gardens.
There were lots of artisan and food stalls, as well as a small amusement park for the kids.
I think this was called the vertical garden, although I am not sure why – it looked pretty horizontal to me. In any case, it was a nice quiet place to eat my overpriced coconut ice-cream.
Getting to Jardin Botanico de Medellin
Catch the metro towards Ninquia (from town center) to the University stop and take the 3 minute walk. It’s pretty hard to miss it.
Have you been to Jardin Botanico de Medellin before? Share your thoughts in the comments 😀 .