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.
It’s closed on Mondays.
Address: Sector Matute km 9 Autopista I-90 (Turbaco), Naranjas, Turbaco, Bolívar. jbgp.org.co.
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A Walk in Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres
Getting there was a two-hour journey riding on two separate buses. Once I got off the bus I started hiking up the street that leads to Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres from the main road. It was only about a 15-minute walk and on the way, there are some nice properties.
At the entrance, they informed me that I could take a guided tour, but it would be in Spanish. They didn’t seem like they wanted to do it for only one person, and I prefer to walk alone anyway. Instead, they gave me a map, a quick “run down” on the place, and then sent me on my way.
The place is very well laid out. It has one main 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 it was, it looks pretty cool now that nature is starting to claim it back.
The majority of Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres has a real jungle trekking feel. Even so, the paths are quite well maintained.
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. I saw a couple of huge lizards right on the path. They were fast and ran 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 were tiny.
Of course, there are 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. It gives it a nice ambiance, and also attracts mosquitoes. There are 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 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 quite easy. Catch a bus towards Turbaco. If the bus you get goes all the way to Turbaco proper, get off by the road you have to walk up to get to the Botanical Gardens.
Most likely you will take the first bus (2,000cop) to as far as it goes (turno de los buses de Turbaco). From there you will swap to 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, track yourself via GPS and when your there say “Parada Señor” to say you want to get off.
From there walk 15-20 minutes up the road until you get to Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres.
Have you taken a walk in Jardín Botánico Guillermo Piñeres before? Share your thoughts in the comments.