I look forward to orchid season in Ecuador, December through April, and to the opportunity to search for 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 one 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.

If you would like to visit the gardens, they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:45pm and on the weekends and holidays from 9:00am until 4:45pm. 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.

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.

  • Direction by Car, use WAZE and look for Jardín Botánico Quito, Pasaje. Rumipamba, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Direction by Public Transportation for buses around Quito, use the Google Map link and click on get directions. Use the public transportation option to find the best from your current location.