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Huentitán’s Botanical Garden: Four climates & 500 species

Head north out of Guadalajara too rapidly and you might find yourself flying through the air and falling 500 meters into La Barranca de Huentitán!

Most people, of course, prefer to view this majestic canyon from the Capilla de la Barranca mirador (lookout point), while a handful of fit sports enthusiasts like to take advantage of the trail that descends 530 meters down to the Santiago River.

For years, I had heard rumors that a botanical garden was located somewhere near this trail, and I recently discovered that this story was indeed true.

According to project manager Sofía Hernández Morales, the jardin dates back to 2003 when Mexico’s Environmental Secretariat asked the State Water Commission (CEA) to create a space where the biodiversity of the Barranca de Huentitán could be represented and the most important species of its trees reproduced for the purpose of reforestation.

Hernández recently gave me permission to visit the Huentitán Garden, even though after more than a decade it’s still in the developmental stage and not yet open to the general 

public.

The botanical garden is located a mere two kilometers north of the traffic-heavy Periférico (city beltway), a stone’s throw from the Guadalajara Zoo. After a wild, kilometer-long ride along a rough and rocky track, we were greeted at the jardin entrance by several people who have been working on the project for years.

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