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“Perfect way to spend an afternoon!”

Jardin Botanico Lankester
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US$115.56*
and up
Day Trip to Irazu Volcano, Oros Valley and...
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Cartago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 plante's biological diversity and to inspire and improve people's quiality of life
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 elegant. Ticket is $10. Cash only.

Thank dod2015
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"orchid house"
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"botanical gardens"
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"san jose"
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"costa rica"
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"great variety"
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"plants and flowers"
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"nice collection"
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"could have been better"
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"picnic lunch"
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"different areas"
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"gift shop"
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"beautiful garden"
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

The garden is surprisingly big. It has eight different areas with seven of them specializing in certain plants. The eighth is a rather run-down Japanese garden. The first one, where we spent the most time, was orchids. They have 18,000 plants and over 1,000 species. Some are so weird.

Other gardens include cacti & succulents (OK), ferns (poor), bromeliads (very good), palms (poor), secondary forest (OK), and zingiberales (excellent).

The entry price of $10 is pretty reasonable if you are a plant enthusiast.

Thank ron d
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

I use the local driver ftom Hotel Quelitas so only paid $3 a person n enjoy the garden for hours. Beautiful garden

Thank SunBelt Landsca... D
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

This botanical garden is all about Orchids and is operated by the University of Costa Rica. I really enjoyed learning about all sorts of orchids from an expert guide. If you love orchids this is the place to go.

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

A well organized, diverse garden, filled with a variety of flora, fauna, and some wildlife, too. A nice spot to eat a picnic lunch.

Thank Amy S
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