At the same location of Oaxaca’s legendary Santo Domingo Church, the Ethnobotanical Garden is a unique space where two different kinds of beauty come together: nature and outstanding architecture.
Here’s what you need to know about this place and some of the reasons why it is a must during a trip to Oaxaca.
An architectural prodigy
The Ethnobotanical Garden was built among the remains of an old Dominican cloister that existed at the site between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After it was abandoned, it fell into oblivion until the mid-nineteenth century, when it was used as military headquarters, with new buildings constructed at the site.
In the early 1990s, the regiment was relocated and the space became available once again. After considering several projects, the government green-lighted the idea of a garden that would showcase the natural beauty of Oaxaca. Elements of modern minimal architecture, such as hallways and artificial ponds were added to the site, giving birth to a unique space where the old, the new and the natural coexist.
All of Oaxaca in one place
Perhaps the best feature of the garden is the fact that it gathers plants from all regions of Oaxaca, from humidlands to arid zones and from temperate forests in the mountains to the tropical areas at sea level. To walk through its labyrinths is to get a grasp of the stunning, natural beauty that is found everywhere in this southern state.
The site includes a nursery, a seed bank, a herbarium and a library, in which visitors can dig deep into the natural history, the biodiversity and the ethnobiology of Oaxaca.
An esthetic experience
The garden is, without a doubt, one of the most photo-friendly places in the city. Some of its most iconic parts have become classic postcards and thumbnails of Oaxaca. But even if you’re not into taking pictures, just strolling through the place will be a rewarding, esthetic experience.
Right there, among the whispering of the plants and the pleasant architecture, there is a chance for a moment of extasis.
By the way, City Centro Oaxaca is just a few blocks away from the garden. If you’re planning a trip to this marvellous city, book a room with us!