Can feel the fuzzy spines along the rows of these cacti?
Visit the Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden in Los Cabos, Mexico, and you can check out zillions of cactus plants.
Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden
Okay, not exactly zillions.
The Wirikuta Cactus Garden is found in Puerto Los Cabos, the newish marina near San Jose del Cabo.
And it’s actually home to some 1 million+ plants, including over 1,500 varieties of desert plants from around the world.
Puerto Los Cabos sculptures
Nearby is a Sculpture Garden.
This swathe of grassy lawn is sprinkled with several mammoth granite and stone sculptures by some of Mexico’s famous artists. Several are by Guadalajara-born artist Gabriel Macotela, who carved them from boulders weighing up to 45 tons each.
Bicycling to the cactus garden
The first time, we visited the Wirikuta gardens by accident.
While staying at the artsy Hotel El Ganzo, we took out bicycles and pedaled around the Puerto Los Cabos marina.
The car-free path around the marina is like an artisan’s walkway, as it passes 15 large whimsical bronze sculptures. Some were so mind-boggling, we had to jump off our bikes to take a closer look.
Sculpted by surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, they certainly challenge your brain cells!
At one point, we veered off onto a sandy path winding through marsh-type bushes and soaring palm trees – and that’s how we accidentally entered the Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden.
As we had popped in through the back way, we thought we should skedaddle after a quick spin around – but couldn’t resist taking a few photos first.
Since that first visit, we’ve wandered around the gardens again and always enjoy seeing the many different types of succulents there.
Photo Credits: All photos are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase