Guayaquil - Botanical Garden & Samanes Park
Join us for a tour of Guayaquil’s lovely botanical gardens, featuring some 324 plant species, and a visit to nearby Parque Samanes.
We first drive approximately 60 minutes northeast to the botanical gardens, with approximately 324 plant species that can be observed in their natural habitat.
The gardens are also home to some timber and fruit trees, ornamental and exotic plants and some other tropical species. The orchids are the main attraction in the gardens. There are collections from the Ecuadorian Orchidaceae family, and other native species of the country, including bromeliads, tillandsias, heliconia, lotus flower and nepenthe (a carnivorous plant brought from Madagascar).
The most important resident in the botanical gardens is the orchid named Encyclia Angustiloba Schltr. It is an endemic species of the Guayas Province and unique within the 4,032 types of orchids that grow in Guayaquil’s different ecosystems. For this reason, it is designated as the emblematic flower of the city.
After the botanical gardens, we visit nearby Parque Samanes. The park has 10 km of trails for cycling, walking and running and creates a harmonic balance between nature and humanity. Walking through the park it is possible to see such tree species as beldaco, membrillo, guayacan, saman, saiba, ceibo, pai pai, guachapeli, samancillo, coquito, pigio, bototillo, muyuyo, guasmo and nigüito (cherry tree).
Besides the flora, the park stands out for the richness of its birdlife, with 48 identified species, including the mosquerito Coronado, pipilio, herons, the playero coleador, perico cachetigris, the mosqueros and semilleros, ducks and stilts.
After these refreshing encounters with tropical nature, we head back to your ship by motor coach.