The Bogotá Botanical Garden, founded in 1955 by Colombian scientist Enrique Perez Arbelaez, is a place full of nature and color. Its name honors the scholar Jose Celestino Mutis, director of the botanical expedition. It is located in the west of Bogota, where he promoted and engaged in conservation, environmental education and research of the diversity of the Colombian flora, including the savannah of Bogota.
Within its collection you'll find a huge amount of diversity: Andean forest, oak forest, cloud forest, coniferous zone, criptogamium (plants that grow flowers), herbs, a rose garden and greenhouses. Of particular interest is the "systematic", a place where plants are organized by degree of evolution. It has pedestrian and vehicular access, and has a waterfall, laboratories, propagation tunnels, environmental classroom and an auditorium for conferences and concerts. There's a library, restaurant, cafe, children's workshops, and temporary exhibitions of beautiful plants like orchis, roses and bonsai.
We took my in-laws here when they traveled to Bogota for the wedding. My mother, a lover of orchids, had already told us that she wanted to come here, which is off the beaten tourist track, away from the historical centre. Being in the botanical garden is like being in a huge park, and you can really find yourself at peace here.
Bogota's parks tend to be large or have some sort of distraction for the general public go to visit, this is NOT the case of the Independence Park, which is more of a green lung to the center of the city, there are no shops or attractions, except for an abandoned carousel. Used to get away for a few minutes from the gray town eating ice cream and walking among the nature. It is connectedvto various places, such as Park Towers, which are a set of buildings designed by architect Rogelio Salmona, another exit is adjacent to the National Library and other exits are the Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá (MAMBO) and the Planetarium of the City.