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Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: Reforma esquina Constitucion | Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 516 5325

The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant...

The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant species, all native to Oaxaca. Planting began in 1998 with plants coming from different regions in the state of Oaxaca; such as arid, humid, low tropical and high mountainous temperate zones. The garden represents the broad diversity of geological formations, types of vegetation and climates that characterize Oaxaca.

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A lovely garden of native plants

This is a lovely garden, but you are only allowed in as part of a tour and times are very limited for English or German speaking groups. Check the schedule and plan your time... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
San Rafael, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having seen the gardens from the Museo de las Culturas my friend and I decided to do a tour with an English-speaking guide (you cannot go in and wander around by yourself). The web-site for the garden is in Spanish, so information is hard to find. On Sunday the garden was closed. On Monday, the tours were only in Spanish.... More 

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely garden, but you are only allowed in as part of a tour and times are very limited for English or German speaking groups. Check the schedule and plan your time accordingly if you want to go. Unfortunately, the guide we had was in training and was very nervous and didn't explain very much.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This garden is incredible. The only issue is you have to do a guided tour w a large group and so it felt a bit rushed. I would have liked ot spend more time quietly looking at all the incredible and unique cactuses, magueys and plants they have so beautifully cared for here.

Thank fesoicher
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the "must see" attractions in Oaxaca for anyone who cares about the history of the place, its cultural/ethnic evoluation, and the interaction of civilization's food and shelter needs with things botanical. The current botanical garden was set up to demonstrate how the dependency on plants and precious water is closely intertwined. You will learn about the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My second visit to the Ethnobotanical garden and it keeps getting better. The two hour 'English' guided tour is a must for anyone with botanical or anthropological interests. The guides (on both occasions) have been incredibly knowledgeable. A walk through the adjoining museum is also highly recommended, unfortunately the signage is entirely in Spanish, though just walking through the building... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Saturday morning for the English speaking two hour tour...we were amazed at how this could possibly take two hours...however, we were pleasantly surprised with the length of the tour and everything that we learned and saw. The director himself gave the tour and he was a wealth of knowledge of Oaxacan culture. We learned about the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this from the Cultural Museum in Iglesia Santo Domingo, and from the gates on Reforma. We did not take the tour, but if you like plants it certainly looks lovely and would be well worth the time to go. If we go back to Oaxaca we will visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend going on a tour of the gardens. Very fascinating. We went on a day when the English speaking guide was ill, so the tour was given in Spanish. Luckily there were some other guests on the tour who knew a lot about the gardens and were able to elaborate on some points that may have been missed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The garden only allows you to visit with a tour guide, which wouldn't be an issue if they were more careful about how they run the tours. There are currently only 3 English tours offered per week so I planned my itinerary accordingly. The day I went, the English tour guide was sick (unfortunate but obviously not their fault) so... More 

Thank WakaMama
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The size of the gardens is quite small and my husband and I wondered why it required a 2 our tour. However it is very well designed - by artists and so incorporates traditional patterns. The gardens are reasonably new and are still being established. However there are some beautiful scenes, especially with the Santo Domingo church in the background.... More 

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