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Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin

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Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Cancun km 320, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+52 998 206 9233
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Break from the beaches

We got a taxi up to the gardens from Puerto morelos for about $120, the gardens are inexpensive and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen B
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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Botanical Garden near Cancun

Not much of a garden, it more like a hike in the jungle. some trails are very hard to follow and i... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Chandler, Arizona
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Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Cancun km 320, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+52 998 206 9233

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got a taxi up to the gardens from Puerto morelos for about $120, the gardens are inexpensive and a great trail through the jungle, very relaxed and something different. We were lucky enough to see spider monkeys, coatis and got up close to a...More

1  Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Not much of a garden, it more like a hike in the jungle. some trails are very hard to follow and i could see people getting lots. Beware of the bats that live in the well. when we were there 100's came flying out.

Thank Keli797
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Beautiful place -didn't see a motmot but did see some monkeys! Wonderful for a slow walk -nice suspension bridge with viewing towers.

1  Thank R N
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the gardens in May following a recommendation in a guide book. It is a nice place to go for a walk - we spent around 2 hours there but I don't think you would want to stay much longer. Tickets were inexpensive and...More

Thank scarlett b
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

The Jardin Botanico is a beautiful and peaceful place! The little hiking in the jungle is so cool, there is a bridge with an awesome view of the manglar! You are can get on until 5pm but you can go out later if you want....More

1  Thank joannesmathieu
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Great site for birds but takes time - don't rush it! This is my 3rd visit but the first time I have caught up with the spider monkeys. My best visit was during migration periods April and Sept loads of American warblers then.

1  Thank Mike L
Reviewed 4 June 2017

It is difficult to find much real nature near to Cancun. Most of the town and hotel zone is devoid of birds and native plants. This park is a short drive away and provides a close hand glimpse of the native ecosystem plus a small...More

1  Thank thomasdemaar
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the wide variety of plants, trees, and cacti. But loved the monkeys the most! My Spanish being poor, I did wish for more English annotations.

1  Thank cemscindy
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Expected a garden with flowers and tropical plants and for it to be maintained. No longer what it once was. Condos have been built up around it and it no longer really maintained. Went there to go bird watching and was also disappointed with the...More

Thank 042715
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I don't know if it's the time of the year, but it was pretty boring, as if in a museum. reading about trees very interesting, but a tree and leaves is a tree and leaves. WE saw no monkeys just a lot of Iguanas. It's...More

1  Thank punkymonkey316
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24 September 2015|
Response from Mike L | Reviewed this property |
not too far, I was staying in Playa de Carmen and had a hire car. The drive was about 1/2 hr and the entrance to the gardens are (literally) on the slip road off to Puerto Morelos 120 pesos to go in and take anti mosquito... More
Barbara H
30 January 2015|
Response from Tonywbhort | Reviewed this property |
Some of the main species of interest are labelled especially on the trees not so much on the herbaceous plants. It's not like a botanic gardens in Europe but well worth a visit.
Hi! I am planning a visit to Mexico February 3 to 10 2015. My wife, son and I will be staying at Grand Sirenis near Akumal. I am a birdwatcher and I have visited the Yucatan several times. I have a few questions concerning the Botanical Gardens that I am hoping you might be able to answer: 1) the entrance seems hard to find, according to information on the Internet. Is it on the main highway between Akumal and Playa del Carmen (#307)? 2) should I take a taxi? Collectivo/ It appears to be about an hour from Akumal but Google Maps isn't actually finding the Botanical Gardens for me. 3) what is the best time of day, and how long should I allow for a visit? 4) how safe/kid-friendly is this place? I have read about a lot of mosquitoes... 5) do you have any information on the birds that are likely to be seen at the Botanical Gardens? Many thanks; John
5 January 2015|
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Response from 585Rodney585 | Reviewed this property |
It is a considerable distance from Akamal to the Gardens and would be quite expensive in a taxi. Hiring a car for a few days may afford some flexibility to visit other sights as well. It is true that the entrance is a little... More