Parque de la Vida


If all the concrete is getting too much, stop by this tranquil park located in a valley in the middle of the city. It features both gardens and forested areas, as well as several small lakes and a fast-flowing stream. Keep an eye out for the guatin (a kind of large rodent); they may nick your picnic lunch.

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1.78 MILES

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3. Colina Iluminada

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6. Reserva Natural Acaime

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7. Jardín Botánico

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