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#550741 06/10/21 10:36 AM
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Belize Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend from a few hours to the whole day! Take a guided tour through the gardens and discover some of the secrets within the plants and trees. Do you know what perfumes Chanel No5? or what tree can colour your clothes? Visit and find the answers. Visit the Orchid house with over 120 orchids species of Belize.

Near Chaa Creek and right next to Sweet Songs Lodge in Cayo.

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At Belize Botanic Gardens, plants are what we're all about and it's our job to inspire you to appreciate our leafy friends.

Within the Gardens' 45 acres are several miles of trails and pathways open for visitors to explore.

Learn how the Maya made use of the healing properties of medicinal plants found along the medicine trail; meander through a tropical fruit orchard as you make you way towards the orchid house to view a collection of native plants and orchids.

You can hike the rainforest trail and see mahogany, the water vine, vanilla, allspice and the "Bullet Tree", a hard-wood fashioned into shields by the Maya to defend against Spanish bullets.

Featuring nearly 100 unique palms species from Belize and around the world, the palm area has its own exhibit displaying some of the palms many uses. Nearby cycad circle showcases an ancient and endangered plant species, while zingiber alley hosts a colorful array of gingers and heliconias, just waiting to be admired.

Visitors Welcome 8am - 4pm (every day)

We invite you to join us for a Guided Tour and/or wander about and explore the Gardens on your own.

Arrive early and make a day of it. You won't be disappointed!

Bamboo grove at Belize Botanical Garden

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The Orchid House

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Here is a great garden story: Way back in 1987, the DuPlooy family of Charleston, SC packed up their six person family and dog in their Chevy Suburban and drove direct to western Belize. Despite horrible roads and torrential rain, they found a farm that they loved near San Ignacio - and bought it. The farm is now home to Belize Botanic Garden; it is located on the Macal River. Soon thereafter, construction of the Botanic Gardens began. At the farm, the family started planting an extensive collection of native Belize palms and rare orchids. A tropical fruit orchard was started to experiment with fruits not commonly grown in Belize at that time. Today, the gardens are a must see for all botanical garden lovers.

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A Short Walk with Khailee Sarai at the Belize Botanical Garden
The Belize Botanic Garden found in the Cayo District and situated by the banks of the Mopan River. Visitors can find a large variety of native plants with many other exotic plants. At this time of our visit, the second and last class of home gardening was going on, where Mr. Rudy Aguilar was the presenter to some 15 participants from the Cayo District. Among the adults, was 9-year old Khailee Sarai.

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Visiting the Belize Botanical Gardens
I didn't do the full tour this time but I will be back.

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