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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
Hours Today: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.