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Jardin Botanico Lankester

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Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
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Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
from USD 13.50*
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“japanese garden”(36 reviews)
“san jose”(11 reviews)
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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 4 Km. Cartago and Paraiso Road, Nr. Bus Stop, Cartago, Costa Rica
+506 2511 7949
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All reviews japanese garden orchid collection san jose costa rica different species tropical plants few hours nice collection beautiful garden could have been better picnic lunch different areas gift shop secondary forest entrance fee worth a visit nice spot
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Reviewed yesterday

I you love orchids...will be hard to find a place with such a nice collection of them. Very professional operation. Run by agriculture technician...theya re willing to asnswer any question.

Thank roadadvisor
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This small botanical garden can be visited in about an hour and is well worth a visit. It can be nicely combined with a visit to the Irazú volcano. It was established in the 1970s and pertains to the University of Costa Rica. Its focus...More

Thank robert_bos53
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Over all, a beautiful garden and worth the trip. I was there in late July and there were enough orchids flowering for my purposes. Some nice heleconias, too. However, virtually nothing is labeled with botanical names and there are no educational displays. The cactus garden...More

Thank Leland S
Reviewed 25 July 2018

I've been to the gardens several times, and each time was very enjoyable. I love taking a quiet stroll here, enjoying the variety of flowers and also the sculptures on the grounds. This is a place children and adults can enjoy for a few hours,...More

Thank Sjp1982
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This is not a huge Jardín Botánico, but still lovely. The signs were old. They were working on updating the Jardín, but it was not a problem. Plan for one hour to enjoy it.

Thank viajarwithmike
Reviewed 2 July 2018

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 some time to kill in...More

Thank The_Traveling_Expat
Reviewed 25 June 2018

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 they were under construction and seemed half-finished. Otherwise, it was delightful....More

Thank Bernhard B
Reviewed 6 June 2018

The orchid garden was beautiful. There are birds flying everywhere and many plants that are rare to see. Lots of cactus and succulents as well. Bring bug spray or make sure you have long sleeves on in the more jungle areas as the mosquito's are...More

Thank Banana427
Reviewed 31 March 2018

It is a nice, quiet place to wander. If you've been to many botanical gardens, there isn't anything special here, but it is a good, family friendly place.

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

The orchids garden was do unique with so many wild orchids! The Japanese garden was also a highlight! We felt so comfortable and relaxed while going through this wonderful garden!

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Marty W
24 October 2018|
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Response from viajarwithmike | Reviewed this property |
We saw many orchids in the first of July this year.
7 December 2015|
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Response from John K | Reviewed this property |
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