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Jardin Botanico Lankester

Open Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
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Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
From US$13.50*
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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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| 4 Km. Cartago and Paraiso Road, Nr. Bus Stop, Cartago, Costa Rica
+506 2511 7949
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All reviews japanese garden botanical gardens orchid collection costa rica san jose nice collection different species tropical plants few hours could have been better picnic lunch different areas quiet place beautiful garden gift shop secondary forest entrance fee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A quick definition of a botanical garden from Wikipedia is “a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labeled with their botanical names”. So base on the previous definition of a botanical garden and after visiting the Lankester...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GrandTour753830
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank robert_bos53
Reviewed July 31, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Leland S
Reviewed July 25, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sjp1982
Reviewed July 10, 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank viajarwithmike
Reviewed July 1, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank The_Traveling_Expat
Reviewed June 24, 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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bernhard B
Reviewed June 5, 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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Banana427
Reviewed March 30, 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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Marty W
October 23, 2018|
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Response from viajarwithmike | Reviewed this property |
We saw many orchids in the first of July this year.
December 7, 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