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Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens)

Region:South Pacific
Habitats:Mountain / Tropical Rainforest

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Transport Time to/from South Pacific
Option 1: By land
Bus: 7 hrs
Option 2: By air
Hotel to/from airport:15 - 60 mins
Plane & bus:1-1/2 hrs


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WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS SAY
Fodor's 2007: Selected as a Fodor's Choice destination. "A must-see for gardeners and bird-watchers and enchanting even for those who are neither." More...

Frommer's Costa Rica 2001: "If you have a serious interest in botanical gardens or bird watching, consider an excursion to Wilson Botanical Gardens. The gardens are owned by the Organization for Tropical Studies and include more than 7,000 species of tropical plants from around the world. All of this luscious flora has attracted 330 species of birds. Twelve well-appointed rooms and four cabins are available with rates that include three meals. Make reservations ahead.

COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS DESCRIPTION
Located near the southern border on the grounds of Wilson Botanical Gardens, home to one of the richest collections of tropical and subtropical plants found in this part of the American Continent, The Las Cruces Biological station has 12 new comfortable double cabins, featuring telephones and hook-ups, private hot showers and balconies with great views. Generous family-style meals are included with the room rates. An educational research center, there is a library and extensive research facilities are available. Make reservations in advance. Hot climate.

FROM THE HOTEL'S WEB SITE
Near the Panamanian border on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coastal range (8° 47' N, 82° 57' W). A mid- elevation site, the Station's borders extend through an elevational range of 1,120 to 1,385 meters and encompass 235 hectares of premontane rainforest.

This Station is home to the Wilson Botanical Garden featuring beautifully diverse plantings of tropical and subtropical ornamentals, representatives of unusual plant families and rare and endangered plants from Costa Rica and elsewhere.

Particularly well represented are ferns, aroids, bromeliads, gingers, heliconias, marantas, and palms. More than 1,000 genera in 212 plants families can be seen along trails that wind around palm-covered hillsides, through agave and lily beds, under rain forest canopy, through banana and heliconia groves, or to strategic overlooks on the rolling grounds.


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