Medellín Botanical Garden represents the city’s radical recovery from war-torn terror, as well as its innovative use of space. Brimming with more than 5,000 plant species and wildlife from Latin America, the garden—which spans an impressive 40 acres (0.4 hectares)—provides a welcome break from the bustle of central Medellín.
Travelers can visit Medellin Botanical Garden as part of some city tours or during an excursion that explores the social and architectural innovation of Medellin. In addition to visiting the botanical garden, social innovation tours typically stop at Parque Biblioteca España and Arví Park, and provide insight into the award-winning landscape and architecture of the city. Most Medellin tours travel via the super-safe local public transport system.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The garden is a must-visit for nature lovers and visitors looking to escape Medellin’s metropolitan bustle.
- Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water as the grounds are expansive.
- The garden is home to three restaurants, which are open for lunch and dinner.
- Depending on the schedule, you can take part in yoga and cycling in the garden.
How to Get There
The metro is perhaps the easiest way to get to the garden, because Universidad station is close to its entrance. There are also buses that go by the garden, and taxis can drop you off near the walkway at Carrera 52 and Calle 73.
When to Get There
The botanical garden is open Monday through Sunday, 9am–5pm. Nicknamed the city of Eternal Spring, Medellín offers sunny and cool weather with regular afternoon downpours, so visit during the morning or late afternoon if you want to avoid the rain.
Must-See Sights in Medellín Botanical Garden
Even though you could spend most of the day wandering, if you’re short on time it’s best to make a beeline for some of the garden’s highlights. Francisco José de Caldas Lake showcases the natural ecosystems of wetlands; the Garden of the Orquideorama boasts modern architecture and houses orchids and carnivorous plants; and the Garden of the Palms is home to 120 species of palm tree.