I look forward to orchid season in Quito! That means from December through April, I’ll the best opportunity to see 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 a single 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.
Visiting the Orchids at the Quito Botanical Garden
If you would like to visit the gardens, they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:45 pm and on the weekends and holidays from 9:00 am until 4:45 pm. 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. If you live in Quito, it’s a bargain. After all, they have a stunning collection of roses and a dry desert garden that is a great place for spotting Trainbearer Hummingbirds!
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! Click on any of the photos below to see it a little closer!
Botanical Garden in Parque Carolina
Information For Your Trip
Keep expensive phones and cameras out of view while strolling in Parque Carolina but feel free to break them out inside the grounds of the garden.