On the top of a hill, with a good view of the river and suburbs below, the garden didn't live up to their descriptions. The orchid house was quite small with about 10 plants in flower (4 different species), the other 50-60 orchids being dormant. The bonsai section had 4 nice specimens. The cactus section was pathetic. There was one fish in the tilapia pond. There were some heliconias and a few other flowering plants scattered around, mostly unlabeled. The butterfly house had lots of plants, a waterfall, but no butterflies which was confirmed by a staff member. There were dead mounted butterflies in the auditorium. To compensate for the lack of botanical specimens, there were exhibits with no connection: small monkeys and many parrots in cramped cages; poultry (if like to see chickens in cages); some large fish in small aquariums; about 20 desperate turtles trying to fit into a puddle that might hold 2-3. This apparently was supposed to demonstrate the "Amazon Ecosystem" but I fail to understand how poor caged animals demonstrate anything other than the warped views of the owner. If you are coming from downtown Guayaquil, it's $8-10 by taxi each way, the taxi driver had a lot of trouble finding it with poor signage.
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