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Jardin Botanico Lankester

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
from US$13.50*
Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
from US$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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed March 28, 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!

Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed March 24, 2018

Few people visiting San Jose are aware of this beautiful botanical garden. Only 1.5 hours from SJ. Less than 15 minutes from downtown Cartago. Feel free to spend your relaxing time among the beautiful tropical plants and flowers. The Japanese Garden is particularly peaceful and...More

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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
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