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Botanical Gardens - Other Activity Moyobamba - Peru

The cloudforests around Moyobamba are the homeland of the local endemic orchid species, Pragmipedium kovachii and Catleya rex. If you don’t visit Moyobamba during its annual Festival de la Orquídea, you can still appreciate these flowers and other native flora at several gardens:

Jardín Botánico San Francisco (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-5 p.m. Jr Moquegua and Jr Alsfonso de Alvarado. Entry: $0.40)—In addition to growing native and exotic plants, and medicinal, fruit and timber trees, this botanical garden is a good place to birdwatch.

Waquanki (road to Jepelacio, 3 km / 1.8 mi south of Moyobamba. URL: Entry: by donation)—Trails wind through the two hectares (4 ac) of forestland this orchid nursery where over 150 orchid species are preserved in a totally natural setting. The grounds are also perfect for watching hummingbirds and hiking. The association has lodging and camping, and takes volunteers.

Vivero Agroriente (Jr Reyes Guerra 900. Tel: 562-359, E-mail:, URL: Entry: $1). Located on the heights above the Río Mayo, this traditionally styled greenhouse houses not only orchids, but also other flowers, ornamental plants and a mini-zoo.


Moyobamba, Peru

Other Activity Types:
Zoo, Wildlife refuge, Natural park

Getting There

You may walk to all of the gardens. A mototaxi to Jardín Botánic San Francisco or Agroriente costs $0.60; to Waquanki, $2.

Travel Tips:

Price Description:

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Binoculars for birdwatching.

Waquanki is on the right side of the road, just before the turn-off for Baños Termales San Mateo, from where you can catch a mototaxi back to town.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Moyobamba that may be of interest: Baños Termales San Mateo and Río Mayo.

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