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Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Botanical Garden

Open Now: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lovely atmosphere, well cared for.

Great visit here as we stayed over, guide was lovely and showed us around until it was nearly dark... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newquaygreen1
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Newquay, United Kingdom
Paradise for birders

This is a great place to go for birding as well as a peaceful, intellectual environment. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer C
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Saratoga, California USA
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The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a nonprofit consortium of universities and research institutions from the US, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia. The OTS operates three biological field stations in Costa Rica (Las...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Hwy 237, San Vito, Costa Rica
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+506 2773 4004
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit here as we stayed over, guide was lovely and showed us around until it was nearly dark. He then took us up the viewing platform and we could see for some distance over the trees.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to go for birding as well as a peaceful, intellectual environment. We stayed in one of the cabins, and it was very comfortable with a beautiful view. The rate includes the cabin, plus three meals per day, a very good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jennifer C
AixiaR, Director Comercial at Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing your experience in one of our gems in Costa Rica, we really appreciate it! Thanks for your support to keep working to save our tropics. We will be more than glad to having you again with your...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

I live in San Vito for four months and could not do without our Botanical Gardens. We visit weekly even if it is just for a walk. Maintained beautifully, paths are perfect, abundant with flowers. And they have a “Fabulous” restaurant! You can stay overnight...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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AixiaR, Director Comercial at Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so mucn for visit us dear Kathleen, It was a pleasure to have you in our beautiful property. Warm wishes from Las Cruces and Wilson Botanical Garden

Reviewed September 6, 2018

This is a must see site for birders . The carefully selected varieties of flowers and trees attract a wide variety of birds , from flocks of Parrots and Parakeets to dainty hummingbirds, including the hard to find White-crested Coquette . You can wander through...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

The gardens have nice collections of palms, cycads, heliconias, bromeliads, and ferns. We elected to walk without a guide. I was disappointed that labels were absent from a lot of the plants. Perhaps they want to encourage you to sign up for a guide for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JoDoShep
Reviewed May 13, 2018

This is primarily a research station that has facilities for tourists as well. Rooms are comfortable, dormitory-like, with a double desk and excellent in-room WiFi. Everything is very clean. Meals served family-style in a cafeteria. Overall, much nicer facilities than we expected. Grounds are very...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank garybirder
Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

Huge botanical garden near San Vito. Several walking trails with beautiful fauna and flora. Great spot to catch birds and other animals.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed March 12, 2018

Hard to take in it has so many areas. There are some 3,500 plant species her. Wow! Wilson really had a passion for collecting. We met the current curator of the facility and discussed the endemics versus the introduced species. Turns out nearly all the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank BirderBob1234
Reviewed March 9, 2018

An interesting place to visit but not fascinating. Requires quite a lot of walking so bring a picnic and take a break. The picnic area is a great place for birdwatching.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Dave S
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We had a fantastic time here following the tree trail. We arrived around 10:30 in the morning and left around 4:00 in the afternoon. We purchased a small guide book at the front desk that allowed us to follow the tree trail. We had difficulty...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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PamelaFM60
January 8, 2017|
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Response from TomaSchultz | Reviewed this property |
Believe it is $8 or 10 US for foreigners, $3 if you are a citizen ore resident . Guides or tours are an extra cost
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NervousNerd
September 8, 2016|
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Response from TomaSchultz | Reviewed this property |
Wilson's is in San Vito and Lankaster in Cartago... there is one road south that will take you there... just drove it a few weeks ago. Probably looking at 5 to 6 hours.
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