The Orchids at the Botanical Garden in Quito

I look forward to orchid season in Ecuador, December through April, and to the opportunity to search for these strange and beautiful flowers in their native habitats. In the meantime, I’ll have to be content with the collection I found at the Jardín Botánico in Parque Carolina. Not really a hard thing to do! In two stunning rooms, I saw more varieties of orchids than I ever thought possible for one collection. In fact, I think the Smithsonian should seriously consider a visit to learn about some of the more unique varieties in the Quito collection.

If you would like to visit the gardens, they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:45pm and on the weekends and holidays from 9:00am until 4:45pm. Entrance fees are $3.50 for adults, $2.00 for kids and students (bring that ID!), and $1.75 for Senior Citizens. For members, the gardens are open 365 days of the year, only $35 annually.

Unfortunately, I am no good at orchid identification so these pictures will be shared without captions. But if you happen to know a variety and would like to let me know, please feel free to leave a comment! And remember, if you prefer to see a slideshow, just click on any of the photos below… then you can also leave comments on individual pictures!

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6 thoughts on “The Orchids at the Botanical Garden in Quito

  1. Have you been to the El Jardin de las Orchidias in Mindo? It is a beautiful sanctuary tucked away down a side street. The woman who cares for the hundreds of orchids is passionate about her plants and tells stories about them. The garden also is host to many hummingbirds. Mindo is known for the hummingbirds, the orchids, the butterflies and lest I forget, the chocolate factory! If you have not yet visited I encourage you to do so.

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    • No, I haven’t been there. We have visited Mindo and we stayed at the Butterfly Garden and enjoyed tons of hummingbirds, birds, and butterflies. It was a Ecuadorian holiday weekend so we skipped the chocolate factory as downtown was absolutely packed. But we will be going back and I will be looking for El Jardín de las Orchidias! Muchas gracias!

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