A Walk in Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres, Cartagena, Colombia
One day I decided to take a walk in Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres. Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres is an awesome botanical garden in Cartagena. It was a bit of an effort to get there, but it was definitely worth it.
I dare say that Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres is one of the best botanical gardens I have been to. It may have helped that I was the only visitor there at the time. I guess its location keeps a lot of tourists away, and also I went on a Tuesday. Perhaps on the weekends locals flock there.
It’s closed on Mondays.
Address: Sector Matute km 9 Autopista I-90 (Turbaco), Naranjas, Turbaco, Bolívar. jbgp.org.co.
A Walk in Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres
After just under a two hour bus ride (on two seperate buses) I finally started hiking up the street that lead to Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres from the main road. It was only about a 15 minute walk and on the way there are some really nice properties.
At the entrance they informed me that I could take a guided tour, but it would be in Spanish. I don’t think they really wanted to do it for just one person, and I prefer to walk alone anyway. Instead they just gave me a map and a quick “run down” on the place then sent me on my way.
The place is very well laid out. It is basically just one path all the way around which takes you past the 11 points of interest on the map. I did try to stick to it but somewhere along the way I got sidetracked so you won’t get to see all 11 of the places in this post.
I’m not sure what this used to be, perhaps an education center. Whatever is was, it looks pretty cool now thats nature is starting to claim it back.
The majority of Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres has a real jungle trekking feel, but with fairly well maintained paths.
This is the desert plants exhibition. It’s the only mapped point of interest I actually managed to photograph.
The whole place is teeming with wildlife. I saw lots of birds, lizards, butterfly’s, frogs, squirrels, and monkeys.
Make sure you take the path to Jacquin’s Garden. It seems to be un-maintained, and I guess that means the animals feel more at home because that is where I saw a couple of huge lizards right on the path. They were surprisingly fast to run (and climb) away from me when I tried to get a photo.
I managed to get one of this much smaller lizard.
All the frogs I saw where tiny.
Of course, there’s also lots of plants. Some of the dedicated sections included palms, medicinal, fruits, ornamental, etc.
And even a small waterfall.
In fact, a stream runs right through the middle of the place which gives it a nice ambience, and also attracts mosquitoes. There’s lots of mosquitoes.
Here’s the stream from a small bridge. It gets somewhat larger in various parts of the garden.
Getting to Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres
I originally thought I could get one bus all the way there from my accommodation, and maybe I could have, but it didn’t work out that way.
Actually, it is fairly easy. Catch a bus towards Turbaco. If the bus you get goes all the way to Turbaco proper (if there even is one) then just get off at the road you have to walk up to get to the Botanical Gardens.
Most likely you will just take the first bus (2,000cop) to as far as it goes (turno de los buses de Turbaco) and then swap for a Turbaco local bus (2,000cop) to take you the last 7km to the road leading to the gardens.
Tell the driver you want to go to the Jardín Botánico and he will drop you in the right place. Or if you are like me, then just track yourself via gps and when your there say “Parada Señor” to indicate you want to get off.
From there just walk 15-20 minutes up the road until you get to Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres.
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