The Botanical Garden of Cartagena de Indias

Just 30 minutes from the center of Cartagena lies one of the most important and interesting ecological attractions of the Caribbean region. The Botanical Garden of Cartagena “Guillermo Piñeres” houses a collection of more than 300 plant species of the Colombian Caribbean and additional weird and wonderful ornamental plants from other tropical regions of the world. It also includes one of the few virgin native forests in the region and is thus an important resource for restauration of native Caribbean forests.

Some 2 km of paths wind through the thematic collections of the Botanical Garden. Unique in the region, a natural spring provides a source of clean fresh water that runs throughout the year. This refreshing spring cascades through the forest and garden and feeds numerous plants and animals making it an ideal place to meet and experience the fauna and flora of the Colombian Caribbean. Come and enjoy our splendid flowers, birds, monkeys and butterflies or be amazed by giant ancient trees and strangling lianas.

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  • Café and Restaurant
  • Guided tours
  • Two auditoria with capacity for 20 and 50 people respectively
  • Special packages for groups (schools, universities, companies, tourists)
To schedule your visit or enquire about prices and discounts, please contact us at +57 (310) 659-5394

How to get there

The Botanical Garden of Cartagena is located in Sector Matute in the municipality of Turbaco. It lies ca 30 minutes by car from the center of Cartagena de Indias (Department Bolivar, Colombia).

Public Transport

By bus

You can catch a bus along Pedro de Heredia avenue, ideally at the Amparo petrol station. Take a bus towards Ternera-Villa Grande (COP$ 1800) and get off at “turno de los buses de Turbaco”. There you should take another bus towards Turbaco (COP$ 1800) and ask to be left at the garden’s entrance (ca 1 km on foot), or hire a motorcar to take you there.

By taxi

The service costs between COP$ 100,000 and COP$ 120,000 (± USD$ 33–40). This includes a return fare and the waiting time of the taxi when you explore the garden (total time 4 hours). Single or return fares are between COP$ 50,000 and COP$ 55,000 (± USD$ 17–19). You can contact the taxi drivers directly. These are some of the phone numbers of the drivers that frequently do this service for us: (318) 390-5624, (311) 791-4540, (316) 751-4385, (317) 286-1976 or (301) 422-7043

Opening Hours

The garden is open from Tuesday to Sunday and on holiday Mondays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Mind that the garden is closed on Tuesdays following a Monday holiday!

Text and copyright: Maarten Christenhusz and Santiago Madriñán, Turbaco 2017