The botanical gardens have been founded in the 1950's by the British naturalist Charles H. Lankaster. Lankaster Gardens are internationally recognized for the collection of epiphytes (plants which live on other plants) of particular interest are the orchids. Approximately 11 hectares of land, countless numbers of other species are also found on the premises, including insects and other animals.
The botanical gardens are located halfway between Cartago and the village of Paraiso and are administrated by the Universidad de Costa Rica.
Opening hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the following exceptions: New Year’s Day (January 1st), Good Friday and Christmas (December 25th). The main trail inside the complex is wheelchair-friendly; wheelchairs can be rented at the reception desk.