Montevideo’s Jardín Botánico isn’t quite what you’d expect. It’s less manicured lawns and exotic blossoms and more towering trees and jurassic-looking aquatic plants. This wild, sprawling park in El Prado is home to a mish-mash of indigenous flora and fauna, as well as plants from all over the world. Follow the signs, pointing you in the direction of Africa or Asia, to see bamboo cosying up against Cypress trees, or native herbs happily sharing the soil with South African amaryllis belladonna. Fancy yourself a botanist? Don’t miss the magical greenhouse at the heart of the garden.