When many people are asked about Colombia – and Medellín in particular -. They think of the violent history it has faced. Tourist are also going to Comuna 13. A part of Medellín that was one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods on the planet one day. However, there is also a side to this city that defines tranquillity, beauty and peace.
The Botanical Garden of Medellín: Officially known as the Joaquin Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden, is a 14-hectare oasis nestled in the heart of Medellín, Colombia. This lush garden is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and a haven for biodiversity. One of its most iconic features is the “Orchideorama,” a architectural masterpiece that serves as a sanctuary for an invaluable collection of orchids. The Orchideorama stands at a height of 65 feet, is a delicate meshwork canopy crafted from wood. It comprises ten elegant hexagonal structures resembling flowering trees, each with a dual purpose: collecting rainwater and offering shelter to the exquisite orchids and butterfly reserves housed within.
Things to do – Jardín Botanico Medellín
Explore the Jardín Botanico Medellín at your own pace, wandering through its lush gardens filled with an array of plants and trees from Colombia and around the world. Don’t forget to visit the Orchideorama, an architectural wonder housing a breathtaking collection of orchids, making it a must-see spot for its design and the exquisite orchids on display. Bird enthusiasts can indulge in paradise with 139 recorded bird species, perfect for binoculars and camera enthusiasts. For a fascinating experience suitable for all ages, explore the Butterfly House, observe colorful butterflies up close, and marvel at their beauty. Delve into the unique world of cacti in the dedicated Cactus Garden, learning about these desert plants and their survival strategies. Explore various exhibition spaces to deepen your understanding of Colombia’s biodiversity, conservation efforts, and the significance of preserving our natural heritage. If you’re a botanical enthusiast, the garden’s library offers a wealth of resources about plants, ecology, and botany. Find tranquility by the serene ponds scattered throughout the garden, providing a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Lastly, capture the garden’s natural beauty, vibrant flowers, and distinctive architecture through your lens, as it’s a fantastic location for photography right in the heart of the city.
Tips and Tricks:
1. Wear comfortable good shoes.
2. Use sunscreen and bring an umbrella. Medellín weather is unpredictable. Rain and sun appear without notice and both can be pretty intense.
3. Don’t misbehave and be responsible. The Jardin Botanico is a beautiful pristine place. Don’t litter or contaminate the place in any way. Preserve it for others to enjoy.
How to get there:
At Blink we offer tours for out students to Jardín Botanico Medellín. If you are not a student with us, we recommend you to take the metro to station ‘Universidad del Metro de Medellín del Jardín Botánico’.