Ecuador 2010


Pakakuna Gardens

Pakakuna Gardens is one of the largest gardens in South America. Klaus Egger, the creator and owner of the gardens guided us. Pakakuna is a Quechua word (indigenous language of Ecuador), meaning “Our Hiding Place.” This describes perfectly the picturesque and tranquil nature of the site. Its temperature varies, throughout the year, between 27°C (80°F) during the day and 12°C (54°F) at night. Pakakuna is located in Checa, in the Tumbaco valley. This is about 45 minutes away from Quito. The Club House and the main gardens cover an area of about 301,390ft.2 (28,000m2) This vision was created as part of an environmentally sound and spectacular landscape concept. A unique space has been reserved for the cultivation and care of a vast variety of bromeliads and native orchids. There are more than 500 varieties of plants and flower species. Some are native while others were brought from all corners of the world. All of them have adapted easily and harmoniously to this magical place.

Thanks to the moderate climate of Pakakuna, species such as fuchsias, brugmansias, orchids and many others are almost constantly found in bloom. Pakakuna Gardens is one of the largest gardens of South America and due to its biodiversity one of the richest as well. In Pakakuna life can be found in every corner of this eden. There is enormous variety of butterflies and birds. Amongst the bird species that stand out are: carpenters, cardinals, and hummingbirds. Pakakuna Gardens is an important catalyst in the development of the region, enabling job creation and enhancing the tourist appeal of the area. The Pakakuna Foundation, a non-profit organization, will be in charge of administering the operational aspect of the project. Pakakuna Gardens sets new standards for the protection and conservation of the environment.

We enjoyed a delicious lunch here before our return to Quito.


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