Info & History
The Bogotá Botanical Garden is also known as José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden; it is the largest garden of Colombia! Named in honor of the astronomer and botanist Sr. José Celestino Mutis, it has an approximate extension of 19 hectares. The vegetation of the garden corresponds to 15% of the total in the Cundinamarca department and 6% of the total nationwide. The garden is home to 54.884 individuals, 304 families, 469 genus, 903 species, and plants from the Andean and paramo ecosystems. It is the perfect place for nature lovers!. Despite having the name of Sr. José Celestino Mutis, it was founded by the doctor Enrique Pérez Arbeláez, one of the most important Colombian scientists of the 20th century. It is currently a public entity and is in charge of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá. This Colombian vegetation and research center is the result of long expeditions for seeds collection and plant studies.
This Bogotá paradise will allow you to enjoy the fauna and flora without leaving the city! Relax through the water route, the wetland garden, the lake, and the waterfall. Visiting it will give you the opportunity to know the nature of a country like Colombia, second in world biodiversity, with vegetation, a climate, waters, and extraordinary fauna. Take a picture of yourself with the roses collection, one of the most important of the garden, which has 73 varieties.
Connect with nature in this wonderful place, give yourself the change to enjoy one of the tours guided by experts in fauna and flora. Also to being a charming place and delighting in the incredible landscapes you can breathe fresh air. If you have the opportunity to visit Bogotá in December, the Botanical Garden opens its doors at night to give way a December lights show, let yourself be carried away by the magic of the Colombian traditions, the flower garden, and the love garden!
How to Get There
The Botanical Garden is located at Avenida Calle 63 No. 68-95 (between Avenida Rojas and Calle 68), it is part of the Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, the largest and most important part in the city. You can access it by public transport, such a Transmilenio, SITP, or Taxi. If you want to drive yourself, the Botanical Garden does not have a parking service, but you can find one nearby.
Admission into the garden is 3.500 COP for adults and 1.800 COP for children between 4 and 12 years old. Children under 3 years of age and adults over 60 years old of age get free admission. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the morning of the first Monday (Tuesday when Monday is a holiday) of each month, the Botanical Garden is closed as those are maintenance days.
If you are interested in taking a guided tour, it is suggested to enter no later than 3:00 p.m. since the tour lasts 2 hours approximately.
Food is not allowed, however, it has a cafeteria service with delicious snacks.
Pets are not allowed.
The Botanical Garden has a permanent surveillance service, restroom, and infirmary.
It is not allowed to extract or introduce flora and fauna.
To maintain the care of the collections you must leave the suitcases, bags, and backpacks in the lockers.
For more information, you can contact them at (57-1) 4377060 ext. 1000.