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2024 Botanical Bridges Congress

February 12–16, 2024
Days until the Congress


About the Host

Jardín Botánico de Cartagena “Guillermo Piñeres”

Just 30 minutes from downtown Cartagena lies a captivating ecological gem,  the Jardín Botánico de Cartagena "Guillermo Piñeres." This sanctuary showcases 300+ plant species from Colombia's tropical dry forest and global tropical regions. Its virgin native forest is a vital resource for tropical dry forest restoration.

Stroll along 2 km of trails, traversing exclusive collections like Orchid Garden, Palmetum, Jacquin's Garden, and more. A unique natural spring flows perennially, nourishing plants, fungi, and animals throughout the forest. Immerse yourself in the wonder of flowers, birds, monkeys, and butterflies. Towering ancient trees, lively lianas, and diverse fungi await. Experience the vibrant fauna, flora, and fungi of the Colombian Caribbean in this extraordinary botanical garden.

The Guillermo Piñeres Botanical Garden is renowned as the most important plant collection of the Colombian Caribbean Region. It’s conservation projects have a reach from the Urabá Subregion to La Guajira Desert. For almost 50 years the Garden has been the leading organization executing conservation and research efforts for the seasonally dry tropical forest in Colombian Caribbean Region, the country’s most battered ecosystem by human intervention.


This organization has also harvested valuable knowledge regarding city sustainable urban landscaping, providing responsibly sourced botanical material for reintroduction and reforestation practices. As well as developing new protocols for the propagation, germination, and care of native species.” 

Artistic rendition of the Cartagena Botanical Garden. Artwork by Deirdre Hyde.

The Cartagena Botanical Garden. Artwork by Deirdre Hyde.

About the Venue

Universidad de los Andes
Sede Caribe

The Universidad de los Andes is a prestigious educational institution, which main campus is in Bogotá, Colombia. Established in 1948, it is widely regarded as one of Latin America’s top university and renowned for its academic excellence and research projects.


In 2018 Los Andes opened a new campus in Cartagena de Indias with the aim of strengthening the university’s presence in the Caribbean region. This campus will serve as venue for many of the plenaries at the Building Botanical Bridges 2024 Congress  


To ensure your convenience and ease of transportation during the event, we highly advise all attendees to book accommodations within walking distance of our main meet-up point "Parque de la Marina". The vibrant neighborhoods of Centro Histórico, Getsemani, San Diego and Matuna offer a plethora of hotels and lodgings, providing not only comfort but also the opportunity to immerse yourself in the charm of Cartagena's historic neighborhoods. Staying in these areas will not only enhance your congress experience but also make it effortless for you to access our venue and explore the cultural treasures this city has to offer.

A very comprehensive guide to the city and hotel suggestions can be found here (in Spanish). Hotel recommendations for the suggested neighborhoods from this site can be found here:

There are however, many other hotel options available. Here is a list from GoogleMaps.

Before Traveling

Here is some important information to keep in mind when traveling to and from Colombia.

Important Information


Please ensure to check the visa requirements for Colombia and apply accordingly if necessary before planning your visit.

Before Flying

Please remember to fill out Colombia's free check migration form before your visit and use the provided link for the submission.


Please note that you can complete the check migration form up to 72 hours prior to your flight, and it is mandatory to have it filled out before both entering and leaving Colombia. Make sure to comply with this requirement to ensure a smooth travel experience.


For added convenience, we recommend screenshotting or printing the PDF form you receive after completing the check migration process, as airport authorities may request to see it upon your arrival or departure from Colombia.


Card usage is limited in Colombia, so be sure to have cash handy.


The currency in Cartagena is the Colombian peso (COP). The exchange rate is currently around COP4,100 to USD1. You can order Colombia currency from your home bank, or you can exchange your currency at the airport, banks, or currency exchange bureaus.


Taxis are the usual form of transportation around Cartagena. If you decide to take a taxi, be sure to agree on a price before you get in the car.


The Caribbean and Central American Botanic Gardens Network is immensely grateful for the generous support of our sponsors. Without them, the upcoming Congress would not be possible. We sincerely thank them for their commitment to helping us bring together partners from the region. We are honored to have their support and look forward to continuing to build relationships with them.

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