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“Big disappointment”

Botanical Garden of Guayaquil
Ranked #21 of 114 things to do in Guayaquil
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

It's a hit or miss sort of place and sadly our visit was a miss. We wanted to see the butterfly garden and found not a single live butterfly. The silence was a nice break from the bustling sound of city life but our cab had trouble finding the place. The botanical garden has an admirable mission but it has to take care of too much with too little funding.

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

For lovers of nature, Guayaquil has the perfect place, I refer to the Jardin Botanico. It is located in the Cerro Colorado and it has characteristics of a tropical dry Forest. This is divided in to three sections that can be crossed through comfortable paths. In this place, we can find more than 324 species of trees: guayacan,robles, fruit trees and ornamentals plants. Also, we can also find a waterfall climatized with Persian fish. In addition to that, you can observe a variety of bird species, butterflies and animals like the armadillo, iguana, rabbit and squirrels. Beforehand you must reserve the visit and you can request a specialized guide for a tour, which lasts about one hour. I visited this place and it is a beautiful place, because you can enjoy a variety of species that exist here and also you can pass one day in touch with the nature.

1  Thank Jasmin T
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

To describe my experience in this place I need the most beautiful words, because it is one of my favorite places in the whole city, this garden for me is similar to a paradise, it has a lookout with a spectacular view, simply fantastic, it is perfect to forget the world and for a moment being connected with the nature.
This garden has a variety of flowers and fruits of many colors the environment is magic. Also I could observe and know the types of butterflies.
The entry to this paradise is cheap, it is very visited by national and foreign tourists although this place is also frequently visited by students from many educational institutions Due to the diversity it offers in birds, flowers and for their main characteristic, being dry tropical forest.

1  Thank Eliana V
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This place has virtually nothing there that they have on their map, but conversely many things you wouldn't think they would, they do have, including many animals in cages. They don't have hardly any orchids in the Orchid House the largest orchid in the world that supposed to be there is not, I did not see any of the medicinal plants which he said were small and there was a lot of disrepair. When I got there there was screaming children running around but fortunately they quickly loaded back on a school bus and left. The few plants that did have name tags were mostly on dead trees some were on the ground fallen off but very very few name tags existed. This may be the standard for Ecuadorian botanical gardens but it fell way short of my expectations and was far out of town and the address on TripAdvisor took us to the wrong place and we spent an hour with the driver looking for it, it was so not worth it. The only way we found it was from another TripAdvisor review that wrote the address in the text. it does only cost $3, but is not well kept up, i hated seeing all the fish in way too small of tanks and dirty water, lots of parrots caged and some monkeys caged. very sad...

1  Thank Cathleen B
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