The Jardines de México is a lovely spot to get away on the weekend if you live in Central Mexico and a worthwhile destination even for a tourist if you are spending a lot of time in Mexico City or Cuernavaca and love visiting botanical gardens. It’s called Jardines de México because it is actually a group of themed gardens, based on the style (like Italian or Japanese) or the type of plant it features (like cactus or orchids) or just some fun ones like the sculpture garden or the kids area. It’s a lovely spot to wander around for the day with friends or family and get away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
The Jardines are located in the state of Morelos, about a half hour south from Cuernavaca or about two hours if you’re coming from Mexico City. It’s actually not that hard to get here on public transportation, I went with a friend on a bus to Puente de Ixtla and from that bus station we got a taxi for the very last bit. You can also get there easily from Jojutla which is easy to get to by bus from CDMX (leaving from Tasqueña).
The weather warms up significantly in this area compared to Mexico City so you can enjoy the fresh air and warm sun but be sure to bring a hat and wear sunscreen.
They say that no food or drink is allowed but I brought in my water bottle without any trouble and would definitely recommend it, topped up with ice if possible because the sun will warm it up really quickly.
Cost and Hours:
So this is definitely an expensive attraction for Mexican standards, it costs 275 to get in for adults and there’s only a 50 peso discount for kids and seniors (225 pesos) so bringing the whole family could add up pretty quickly.
It’s open from 9am-6pm all 365 days a year so you can drop by pretty much whenever you would like.
Walking around the gardens will take up most of your day so you will be looking for food at some point. There’s a restaurant on site where you can eat from a buffet for about 350 pesos (also quite expensive for Mexican standards) but I got an insider tip when I was there that for about the same price, you can head over the the Ex-Hacienda Vista Hermosa for better quality food in an equally as enchanting setting. I would recommend getting an early start at the gardens and waiting until the Mexican lunchtime of 2 or 3 to head over there so you can relax and hydrate after your day in the sun.
Besides the botanical gardens, there is also an amphitheater here where concerts and even festivals are occasionally held so you can keep an eye on their website or follow them on Facebook to see what’s coming up and get a two for one botanical and musical experience. The music festival here last year was in the springtime where they open up the gardens for camping. I’ll definitely be on the lookout to see when that happens next year as that sounds really up my alley.
If you want to make a whole weekend out of your trip, you could stay at one of the Ex-Haciendas and relax there or go by Lago Tequesquitengo, a large lake right next to the Gardens where you can swim, boat or even waterski. There’s also a bunch of hotels along the lake in a variety of price ranges if you don’t want to spend too much money on your weekend away.
I went here with my friend for an info session for their year-long professional gardening course. This is the only professional gardening training program in Mexico and it seems like it really encompasses all the skills you would need as a gardener, from plant propagation and care to business skills for running your own company. Although you would think this course would be expensive given the cost of the entrance and food, it really is a reasonable price for what you’re getting. My friend decided to go ahead with the program so she heads down from Mexico City early on Friday morning and stays until Saturday afternoon for the two days of classes they have each week. I really liked the idea that the Gardens are used for education as well as pleasure and if you’re only wanting to get in some extra knowledge about your hobby they also have workshops throughout the year on various topics.
All in all the Jardines de México is a wonderful place to spend your day outside, oohing and awing over the blossoms and statues. I really enjoyed my day there and I feel like I need to go back and stay a whole weekend to experience the lake and the absolutely gorgeous pool of the Hacienda Vista Hermosa. I think I’ll be traveling soon to Jojutla for work so if I manage to make it work I’ll let you know about it here 🙂