Lankester Orchid. One day tour special for your fast trip to Costa Rica

 

Pick up time: 7:30 A.M.

Duration: 8 hours

The trip begins ascending the breathtaking summit of the Irazu Volcano for a view of the massive crater. On a clear day you can actually see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans!

After an exciting tour at the volcano, we will descend to the historical city of Cartago.Here we will visit the mysterious ruins of the old Parish and view the beautiful Basilica of our "Virgen de los Angeles" with rich displays of carvings, statues and art.

After our visit to the Basílica de Los Angeles we will drive to the Lankester Gardens.

The Lankester Gardens are a Tropical Paradise featuring over 800 varieties of exotic orchids, various tropical flowers, and plant life. This tour continues with a ride throughthe unique beauty of the famous Orosi Valley and Reventazón River.

The area is noted for its rich soil, abundant plant life, and the outstanding coffee plantations. We will have a stop for lunch in a restaurant surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations and an excellent view to the Cachí Lake. Along the way, we will visit one of the oldest colonial churches and see the enchanting "Dreamers House"


Recommendations: Hat, Long pants, Light sweater, repellent, camera.

Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, lunch, and entrances
Rate: $90,00 per person


With this tour you will visit:
Irazu Volcano National Park: Costa Rica's Irazu Volcano is an active stratovolcano which is constantly monitored by OVISCORI-UNA. The last major eruptions were from 1963-1965, with intermittent small eruptions and lava flows since.Today, as you travel along the southern slope of the volcano to the park, the potato, onion, and cabbage fields give way to dairy farms at higher elevations. The next eruption can't be predicted with much accuracy, but currently the only activity in the crater is from fumaroles releasing toxic steam.
The unusual bright greenish yellow coloring of the lake at Diego de la Haya Crater is caused by rainfall dissolving the minerals along the craters walls. The lake is also closely monitored for changes in chemistry and temperature.
 
 
Lankester Gardens: Orchids are surprisingly difficult to see in the wild. Even with a qualified guide you'd be lucky to spot a dozen during a full day in the forest. The majority are epiphytic, growing high in the canopy on trunks, branches or in crotches out of sight. Additionally, many are rather mundane until they flower, and might only flower for a day or two a year. The same is true for many of the other interesting epiphytes in Costa Rica. Fortunately Lankester Gardens has a world class collection of nearly a thousand varieties displayed at eye level, and the huge number of plants means it's likely that hundreds will be blooming when you visit.
 
The Collections. While there is no question which family of plants steals the show at the garden, there are several other important collections. Many people are surprised to discover that cacti and other succulents are common in Costa Rica. Many species are from the Tropical dry forests of Guanacaste. Others thrive in the treetops where constant drying winds, scorching sun, and the lack of soil to trap rainwater create an unexpectedly arid environment.Other families that are well represented in the garden are palms, bamboos, heliconias, bromeliads, palms, and conifers. The surrounding tropical premontane forest is some of the best preserved in the area, and attract animals, birds, and insects to this protected haven. Hummingbirds in particular frequent the garden, and especially the nectar rich flowers in the butterfly enclosure.


Orosi Valley: The Orosi Valley of Costa Rica is an undiscovered paradise, offering a serene and peaceful setting to the few visitors who manage to make it here. The Orosi valley is just under an hour from San José, passing through the city of Cartago. Upon entering the valley, you’ll be amazed by the fantastic views. The Reventazón River winds it’s way through the steep sided valley until it collects into a beautiful lake formed by the Cachí Dam. Pine trees covered with Spanish Moss sway in the wind and the temperatures here are always cool and pleasant – giving the feeling of an “eternal spring”.As you drive down the steep road that enters the Orosi Valley, there are several spots where you can stop to take in the scenery. Many feel that this area is one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful, truly a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered! The small town of Orosi is found at the head of the valley near the banks of the lake. The name “Orosi” comes from a Huetar Indian Chief who lived here at the time of the Spanish Conquest.The area offers a wealth of water, rich soil and perfect climate – making it an attractive place to settle for centuries. Here you’ll find one of the last colonial towns that have survived the test of time.
 
 
Basilica of Virgin of los Angeles: Back on August 2nd, 1635, the Virgin reportedly showed herself in the form of a dark doll made of stone, to a poor peasant girl. Each time the girl took the doll away to play with it, it reappeared on the spot where she originally found it. This was seen as a holy sign and the church was built soon after. It's a tradition in this church for pilgrims to crawl on their knees as they make their way down the aisle towards alter. La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles was built in a decorative Byzantine style. The interior of the church is breathtaking with elaborately laid wood panels and some incredible stain glass windows. The church is home to "La Negrita", the representation of the Virgin of Los Angeles, patron saint of Costa Rica.