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. See Jardin Botanico Lankester and all Cartago has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cartago trip itinerary planning website .
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  • The garden has a variety of plants that are native to Costa Rica and other places. There are many good opportunities for photos, and it is a nice quiet place to walk and explore for a bit if you have ...  more »
  • We had some extra time in Cartago and stopped by Lankester Botanical Garden. The orchids house was very nice. We were unimpressed by the Japanese Garden and the Succulents garden. Both areas felt like...  more »
  • After 3 or 4 years I went back to visit the place and bring me the disappointment of sectors that are abandoned and others as at the beginning of the path as if they have given that maintenance (is is at the entrance to?), hopefully the RCU or the entity responsible for maintaining invest pa rejo to all sections! Excellent place!
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  • It's a beautiful place to spend a weekend afternoon away from the noise of the city. The entrance fee is about $6 and the best attraction is the Japanese garden...a great spot for photos with your friends or your special one. There are areas for picnic and cactuses and orchids exhibits too.
  • Relaxing place. There is not sufficient parking, so you may have to park on the street. Staff is nice and helpful. Orchids are beautiful. Usually there is no food-selling places on site, but occasionally there will be a couple of stands where you can get a bite.
  • Excellent gardens! We missed the toucans though. Beautiful orchid display.
  • Amazing place to visit..... wonderful orchids and other awesome plants. Lovely grounds with picnic tables.
  • The orchids bloom mainly from late March to early May. The rest of the garden is somewhat ordinary if you have seen other beautiful gardens. The cost for non-residents was $10USD per person, with a lower student price. Hopefully this goes to further the research.... Even in January though there were some beautiful orchids and other interesting plants.
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