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The Lankester Botanical Garden is a research center of the University of costa Rica, created in 1973 due to the international efforts of scientists and conservationists. Our mission is the research of orchids and other epiphytes to preserve our...more
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:30
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 4 Km. Cartago and Paraiso Road, Nr. Bus Stop, Cartago, Costa Rica
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The best time to visit is March and April when the orchids are all in bloom and I was visiting in August. Nonetheless I really enjoyed this tour. It was quiet and peaceful. A nice place for a picnic lunch. There were a few orchids...More
Spent a morning walking around and taking pictures of the different flowers. We went the last week in March and I feel the flowers would be a little better if we waited a week. Overall the park is nice with good walking trails and a...More
Jardín Botánico Lankester is a total gem. I have visited many times over the years and I can recommend it to anybody. Even if you're not that interested in exotic plants, it's just a lovely place to spend some time.
The easy walkways wander through...More
Lankester is a beautiful garden and a must see for sure. Just a short 1 hour drive from San Jose, I’d suggest combining it with a drive up to the Irazu Volcano..... it will make a nice one day excursion. If you like bamboo they...More
This is a very pleasant garden just outside Cartago (an easy taxi ride). It was looking a bit dusty when we were there because of the long period of dryness.
It contains several specialised areas, including one small orchid greenhouse. There is also a fern...More
I am a big fan of botanical gardens and I did enjoy my visit, but relative to botanical gardens generally, this place is just ok. Getting here is truly a pain, congestion on the Cartago highway is mind numbing and the area overall is quite...More
Superbly landscaped and we'll maintained, this beautiful garden about 30 km south of San Jose has 1,000 orchid species with many in bloom, a nice Japanese garden, large sections of cactii, ferns, palms, bromeliads, heliconias, and some of the tallest bamboo I have seen.
We headed there from San Jose which wasn’t a long drive maybe 1/2 hours. Before arriving we drove through town and stopped to see the Ruins of an old church that they stopped building. It’s beautiful inside with a water fountain and animals. It’s definitely...More
The distance is 40 to 50 miles. The trip would not normally take very long but it depends on the traffic. If you're in a rental car street signs and traffic signs do not exist. You will need to rent a road mate or similar... More
The distance is 40 to 50 miles. The trip would not normally take very long but it depends on the traffic. If you're in a rental car street signs and traffic signs do not exist. You will need to rent a road mate or similar directional device. If you travel on Saturday or Sunday travel time will be much quicker. Trying to get through San Jose Monday through Friday is very difficult. There are a lot of buses and the traffic is very congested and the streets are very narrow.