Jardin Botanico Lankester, Cartago

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Stroll through leafy trails in a sea of orchids at Jardin Botanico Lankester, a garden that aims to promote conservation, enjoyment, and sustainable use of epiphytic flora. Established originally in the 1940s as a private garden for British botanist and orchid enthusiast Charles H Lankaster, the botanical gardens are now operated and protected by the University of Costa Rica. Explore 11 ha (27.2 ac) of field collections, greenhouses, and secondary forest that host over 3,000 species of plant. Orchids still remain a key focus of the gardens, with hundreds of all different species and color scattered through the gardens. To visit Jardin Botanico Lankester and other attractions in Cartago, use our Cartago travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Less than a center of research belonging to the University of Costa Rica could not wait. For national income costs 2,500 colons while for foreigners 10 dollars or 7.50 dollars if they are students. It has a parking lot for approximately 20 vehicles and also you can park in front of the facilities in public. He has approximately seven different 'environments' depending on the type of vegetation planted therein and all access is via a path enabled all persons whether or not problems of mobilization. Notably, the Japanese garden, but in general all over the place full of sources, vegetation and fauna (e.g. fish and some birds) is simply beautiful. Non-monumental installations, but it is an ideal place to carry out urban tourism and take the time to think and rest in motion. If you are travelling by public transport buses from Cartago paradise take you to approximately 800 meters of the place.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a magical place of dreams, it has thousands of orchids from all over the world, including endemic, the landscapes and environments are of dream, Japan, Europe, Costa Rica, and other places. Actually to be there transports you and gives you a relative peace, difficult to get out in the environment. Worth it... is a place in addition to magic... Fantastic!
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  • August 8, 2017
    There are places that you can not miss to visit the province of Cartago. This is one of them. A beautiful place well kept with ample parking and located near one of the main streets of paradise. Highly recommended for hiking with picnic day or different natural environments.
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  • March 9, 2017
    If you like orchids and tropical plants come see this place. It can be done in an hour but non rushed, spend 2.5 hours. Very unique and interesting garden areas. Ask for a tour if possible well worth learning from the guide.
  • June 3, 2017
    Well laid paths take you past various sections; Orchids, Bromeliads, Cacti etc. plus a Japanese Garden. Loved the Lotus ponds with Koi fishes
  • June 18, 2017
    Great orchid exhibition and we loved the Japanese garden. Super chivas
  • May 29, 2017
    Nice place. Gets a bit crowded with photographers sometimes!
  • June 4, 2017
    Another expensive place for foreigners paying close to three times the local price. 10usd pp and not guaranteed that the orchids are blooming.

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