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Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden

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Address: km 33 carretera Cancun-Chetumal, Chetumal 77580, Mexico
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One of the largest botanical gardens in Mexico, this attraction features...

One of the largest botanical gardens in Mexico, this attraction features wild orchids and a forest of cacti populated with wild deer, spider monkeys, parrots and other birds.

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Located in Puerto Morelos - not Chetumal

Sorry you were misinformed Beryl28, this garden is indeed in Puerto Morelos and should be known by all hotel personnel etc. but unfortunately it is not. A must do for any nature... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2013
Carol-Ann C
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Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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San Antonio
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden is an outstanding jungle to hike through. There are plenty of signs identifying the various trees and shrubs within the garden - although they are written in Spanish but the Latin/scientific names are also provided. Be sure to take water with you because the humidity is very high. I spent 3.5 hours walking... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

As other reviews have noted, this is not the easiest place to find but as you get close to the Puerto Morales turning and drive slow enough you'll see it, probably with a smaller gate than you expect. I have done a lot of jungle walking and expected to be disappointed. I was not. This felt like the right mix... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

In reading other reviews, there is some confusion as to where the Gardens are located...the entrance is indeed easy to miss. When you exit hwy. 307, going north along the access road towards Puerto Morales, the entrance gates are almost immediately to the right. I don't know why there are no signs on the road pointing to it, they would... More 

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Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Sorry you were misinformed Beryl28, this garden is indeed in Puerto Morelos and should be known by all hotel personnel etc. but unfortunately it is not. A must do for any nature lover!

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3 Thank Carol-Ann C
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

I went with a group of people here and did some ecology field work. Such a diverse area with beautiful wildlife including spider monkeys! There are also a lot of bird species about which was wonderful. The people who run the place are extremely friendly and I would reccomend this place highly if you have an interest in wildlife. The... More 

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Edinburg, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

This would be a great introduction to forest trees and ecology for those starting to explore the Yucatan natural environment. We know others have done pretty well birding here, but we were there in the mid-day lull of a quite warm, muggy day, so we didn't see too much. Many plants are labeled and a trail covers the whole preserve... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

I spent a beautiful morning exploring the gardens, visiting the melipona honey bees and taking pictures of spider monkeys. I appreciated being able to visit a patch of natural habitat in an area that is so highly developed. The staff were passionate about their jobs and enjoyed sharing their knowledge of local species. A great time.

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Staten Island, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

There were no colorful flowers, no birds, no spider monkeys! The paths are broken by the 2005 Hurricane....well it is 2012, seven years later...Mr. Alfredo Barrera Marin, founder of the Botanical Garden, would be very disappointed to see how the place is being kept today. You as a tourist actually wonder: Where are the government dollars? What does the Mexican... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Very few people know of this botanical garden, and as far as I could determine not one single Yucatan tourism operator knows of this attraction, or offers it as a tour. But the site is known to some naturalists, especially botanists and birders. This is one of the largest Botanical Gardens in Mexico, and protects the only patch of forest... More 

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Victoria, BC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2010

I wasn't sure what I was expecting but we were disappointed. It started off with nice paths & ok signage but then that quickly turned into bad paths & no signs. We actually thought we were on the wrong path & turned around for a bit. We saw monkeys & iguanas which was great. The "hunging bridge" was a bit... More 

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