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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  • Not extraordinary but worth a stop. The orchids are the highlight but the Japanese garden and the koi pond are good too.  more »
  • Spacious grounds with predominantly indigenous plants found everywhere in the country in part. A greenhouse is there for a nice selection of orchids. Nothing spektakuläres.wie I think. Not all roads are built.
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  • Excellent place, tourists end up in love with the place and its plants and a van is in love with Costa Rica
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  • 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.
  • This is a must see. Incredible, huge botanic garden. It is well maintained and contains an orchid collection that is out of this world. Definitely worth the price.
  • Great place for enjoying orchids and nature, it's really beautiful.
  • Very nice Japanese garden
  • Beautiful place, quite a bit abandoned but in general still in good conditions.