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Xochitla (place of flowers) is an ecological park in Tepotzotlán, State of Mexico, Greater Mexico City that promotes the environment care through various activities that the park has planned. Xochitla wants to be a place where the human being can reunite with nature in a unique and fun way. In Xochitla many researches take place about the environment and human beings, this way they know how to unite this two and created recreational and educational activities. These activities take place in the main garden that is surrounded by trees and bushes. Sitting under a tree, walking though the garden, doing exercise or having lunch in one of the restaurants of Xochitla, it is a place to enjoy for people of all ages.
The main purpose of this 70-hectare park is to create activities in which the human being gets integrated with nature and partners. They do this though environmental projects that involve education and sensibility. This park is one of the ways to spend the day learning more about nature before this was known to be a private tennis facilities under the name of Tenistlan, thought the various gardens they have and learn how to take care of them also. They have many kinds of trees and flowers such as: cedar, thunder, populis, ash tree and eucalyptus, and hundreds of species of plants and flowers.
The visitors of this ecologic park are groups of schools, organizations, families and some business men. With the activities that Xochitla’s park has for them they integrate better as a group. While they play and realize the various activities they spend time together the vibe is different and more relaxed. They learn how to play the role of environmentalists and they learn how to take care of nature to have a better life quality. They have programs associated with the “SEP” (Secretaría de Educación Pública) that teaches a practice way to promote the comprehension and consciousness towards nature. Students are taught trough various activities especially designed to be outdoors and for all kinds of public. In a few words, Xochitla is an open book to learn more about nature.
Xochitla offers different kinds of activities that can be made in the park. The most common are day excursions from different groups, mainly students. Camps, parties, weddings, birthdays, company events, among others can also be made in the main “Explanada”.
It is considered a sanctuary because it is located in the middle of a polluted city where the green areas are poor and Xochitla is a pure green area and wants to teach people to take care of nature. This place counts with several gardens, a restaurant called “The Silo”, convention center, greenhouse and a snack bar called “El Tentempie”. They also count with a botanic garden, a compost area, plant wastewater treatment area and an area to grow vegetable.
In the year 2000 in “Fundación Xochitla” Lorena Martinez, Nayeli Gonzalez and Victor Herrera started a new project that consists in collecting aquatic plants and creating a new pond garden. This would take place in the Mexico City and show the different kinds of Mexican plants that are one of a kind. They want to create something different and traditional from the Mexican culture, but this time with plants. The main goal is to create an atmosphere of peace and to transport visitors to and “old” Mexico, learning more the ecologic, cultural and economic side of Mexico. This garden count with botanic plants.