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This morning we took Sebastian to the Quito Botanical Gardens, which is definitely one of the highlights of the city. Relatively new, the entrance fee is $2.It is an oasis of beauty and quiet in what is mostly a fairly noisy and somewhat unkempt city.

My favorite part of the gardens was the greenhouse, where they have a great collection of orchids and other tropical plants. Since Ecuador has such a wide variety of climates, ranging from the Amazon jungle, to the high altitude paramos or grasslands, to the tropical desert and humid regions of the coast, there is a lot of variety within a very small geographical area. The botanical garderns cover most of it with the exception of the Amazon.

From there, just a two minute walk away, was the vivarium, which has a collection of native reptiles and amphibians. We saw poisonous tree frogs from the coast, pythons and boa constrictors from the Amazon, other non-venomous snakes from the coastal and mountain regions, and turtles and frogs from the Amazon. It’s a good idea to visit both the Vivarium and Botanical Gardens as either one of them gets you a discount for the other.

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