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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  • A big variety of native plants. The garden is well planned with a winding trail that takes you through various sections: Orchids, cacti, bromeliads, etc. The only place in Costa Rica where I could see...  more »
  • Have been to Lancaster 3-4 times over the past 25 yrs and it is at its most beautiful now (in my opinion). The University of Costa Rica is managing it and has put a lot of money into path and planting...  more »
  • I was here with my in laws who had been here before. The place is very nicely kept. Has different scenarios of trees and gardens. The Chinese garden is very nice. They now have picnic tables to share ...  more »
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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.
  • Well laid paths take you past various sections; Orchids, Bromeliads, Cacti etc. plus a Japanese Garden. Loved the Lotus ponds with Koi fishes
  • Nice place. Gets a bit crowded with photographers sometimes!
  • Another expensive place for foreigners paying close to three times the local price. 10usd pp and not guaranteed that the orchids are blooming.
  • 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.