As I walk into the Jardin Botanico de Medellin, it feels less like a botanical garden and more like a lively public park. Some people are checking out the plants, but mostly it feels like a place where people come to have a picnic and enjoy the company of good friends or a good book on a lovely day like this one. I like the casual, communal feel of the botanical garden and how even though it’s busy, you can still find quiet spaces:
The 40-acre Jardin Botanico de Medellin is admission-free and easy to access via the Universidad metro station. Be sure to check out the Orchideorama, the uniquely designed space that houses the garden’s orchids and reflects Medellin’s innovative world of public art and architecture. Also look out for vertical gardens, a cactus garden, and a few small animals. On the less-visited outskirts of the park, you can find a walkway lined with historic newspaper articles and a recreation of a traditional Colombian Amazon house.
Jardin Botanico de Medellin
Calle 73 No. 51D-14