Jardin Botanico Lankester, Cartago

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Stroll through leafy trails in a sea of orchids at Jardin Botanico Lankester, a garden that aims to promote conservation, enjoyment, and sustainable use of epiphytic flora. Established originally in the 1940s as a private garden for British botanist and orchid enthusiast Charles H Lankaster, the botanical gardens are now operated and protected by the University of Costa Rica. Explore 11 ha (27.2 ac) of field collections, greenhouses, and secondary forest that host over 3,000 species of plant. Orchids still remain a key focus of the gardens, with hundreds of all different species and color scattered through the gardens. See Jardin Botanico Lankester and all Cartago has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cartago trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Beautiful garden, and I have never seen so many orchids. They had hundreds of them and all blooming. This is a 26-acre park, and you can see all of it in a leisurely stride in about an hour or so...  more »
  • This is a small garden on the outskirts of Cartago. The history of the gardens is, somewhat, interesting and the University of Costa Rica clearly do some valuable research. Despite that, this is a...  more »
  • Very nice walk, great collection of orchids, cacti and several varieties of plants. The Japanese section is really nicely built and also worth seeing. There is a gift shop that sells snacks.
  • Great place to spend a day or just go for a picnic, but you have to get there early as picnic tables are limited. Flowers and landscaping are well maintained, restrooms are clean. The orchids are the best feature. 🌺🌵🌿🌳 Not expensive, and the only minor issue is that the access road is not paved, it's gravel and a little dusty, but not too bad.

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