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Jardins botaniques du Belize
Jardins botaniques du Belize

Jardins botaniques du Belize

Situé dans le district de Cayo au Belize, les jardins botaniques du Belize couvrent 45 acres de plantes indigènes et exotiques. La zone était autrefois un pâturage pour le bétail avant son achat par un botaniste amateur et sa femme. En raison de la hausse des coûts liés à l'exportation des bananes et des agrumes du Belize, le couple a commencé à expérimenter des fruits tropicaux qui pourraient prospérer localement et obtenir un prix plus élevé sur le marché d'exportation. L'absence de jardin botanique enregistré au Belize a été notée plus tard, et l'idée de transformer cet endroit en un seul a été lancée. Aujourd'hui, les jardins botaniques du Belize ont été un lieu d'étude et de travail sur la conservation des plantes locales.

Les collections dans les jardins changent selon la saison, mais ne manquez pas la maison des orchidées indigènes qui comprend plus de 100 espèces d'orchidées indigènes du Belize. Les autres expositions comprennent Palms of Belize, Zingiber Alley, Hamilton Bird Hide et Plants of the Maya. Seul jardin botanique du pays, ce site comprend à la fois des plantes indigènes et exotiques du Belize, ainsi que des espèces non indigènes et non envahissantes.

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San Ignacio, Belize

The basics

Once a cattle pasture, the site of the gardens was purchased by an amateur botanist and his wife in 1993. Due to rising costs related to exporting Belize’s noted bananas and citrus fruits, the couple began to experiment with tropical fruits that could flourish locally and command a higher price on the export market. Belize's lack of a registered botanic garden was later noted, and the idea to turn this spot into one was set in motion.

In addition to the orchid house, other exhibits include Palms of Belize, Zingiber Alley, and Plants of the Maya. The only botanic garden in the country, this site includes both native and exotic plants of Belize, as well as non-native and non-invasive species. Self-guided tours as well as guided tours are available on site.

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Things to know before you go

  • The gardens are a must-visit for botany enthusiasts and bird lovers; you can reserve time in the classroom to learn how to identify specific plants and birds.
  • There are also on-site accommodations, including an eight-bedroom, four-bath guesthouse and two cottages.
  • A restroom is located in the visitor’s center.
  • There are no concessions at the gardens but the nearby Sweet Song resort offers food and drinks and is a 5-minute walk away.
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How to get there

Belize Botanic Gardens are located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) past San Ignacio Town on Chial Road. There is a daily shuttle service to/from San Ignacio, departing from the garden shop and health food store in San Ignacio; tour and shuttle packages are available. The gardens are located about 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) south from San Ignacio along Western Highway. You’ll need to travel 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) off the highway, along a dirt road, to reach the site.

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When to get there

The gardens’ collection of orchids is in bloom in April and May but you may be able to see other species in bloom if you’re visiting at another time. (The Black Orchid is Belize’s national flower.) Overall, the best time to visit Belize is from late November or early December to April as this is the dry season.

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Xunantunich

Located near the Guatemalan border, close to San Ignacio and the botanic gardens, the ruins at Xunantunich are some of the most visited Mayan sites in the world. Made up of about 25 temples and palaces, the archaeological site features El Castillo, from the top of which you can catch views of the jungle canopy and even into Guatemala.

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