Guatemala City's almost 18,000-sq.-m (200,000-sq.-ft.) Botanical Garden was the first in Central America and is the only one in the country. It displays more than 1,400 varieties of local and exotic plants, including many endangered species. All exhibits are labeled with their common name in Spanish and their scientific name in Latin. The gardens are quite beautiful and extensive, and provide a welcome respite from the smog, traffic, and commotion of downtown Guatemala City.