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It’s Prickly at the Wirikuta Botanical Cactus Garden!

Can you feel the fuzzy spines along the rows of these cacti?

Visit the Wirikuta cactus gardens in Los Cabos, Mexico, and you can check out zillions of cactus plants.

Okay, not exactly zillions. But almost!

Wirikuta cactus gardens

Cactus in the Wirikuta Botanical Garden

The Wirikuta Botanical Cactus Garden is found in Puerto Los Cabos, the newish marina near San Jose del Cabo.

(Note: This is not the same marina as the Cabo San Lucas Marina.)

And the garden is 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.

Sculpture at the Puerto Los Cabos sculpture garden

Bicycling to Wirikuta, Cabo

Bicycling in Los Cabos

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.

Visiting the Wirikuta Garden is definitely one of the less-touristy things to do in Cabo San Lucas!

Visiting the Wirikuta cactus garden

We don’t suggest making a separate excursion just to visit the cactus gardens. There’s probably not enough to make a separate trip worth while.

But the gardens are definitely worth popping into as part of a bicycle ride or stroll around the Puerto Los Cabos marina.

See TripAdvisor reviews of the gardens.

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Irene S Levine

Friday 21st of March 2014

Thanks for sharing. Looks like the garden might be worth a visit!

Janice and George

Friday 21st of March 2014

Next time, we'll enter through the front, and spend more time legitimately wandering around :-).