Guayaquil Botanical Garden
Ecuador, Guayaquil

The Botanical Garden of Guayaquil is located in Ecuador, in the city of Guayaquil, in the conservation area of Cerro Colorado. The idea of creating a botanical garden in Guayaquil arose in 1979. Thanks to the active participation of patrons and local entrepreneurs, the park was opened in 1989. On an area of 5 hectares under natural conditions more than 324 species of plants grow, including 60 species of trees, 80 species of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, cacti and succulents, ornamental, medicinal and exotic plants, most of which are endemic species. During a two-hour walk through the botanical garden, visitors have the opportunity to see a fruit tree garden, a large collection of local and hybrid orchid species, a bonsai garden, traditional Ecuadorian plants (coffee, cocoa, sugarcane), as well as exotic plants, including the carnivorous nepentes plant, imported from the island of Madagascar. A pond with an artificial waterfall is equipped on the territory of the botanical garden, which creates a favorable microclimate for breeding rare species of butterflies. This zone was created as part of the Lepidoptario project, which aims to conserve lepidopteran species that live in the dry tropical forests of Ecuador and are on the verge of extinction due to the use of insecticides and land reclamation works. The garden is also inhabited by 75 species of birds, several species of fish and turtles. In the auditorium of the Botanical Garden, visitors can see collections of fossils and butterflies in South America, watch a popular science film about Lepidoptera. Employees of the Botanical Garden have developed educational programs, seminars, conferences are held, lectures are given.

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