Las Cruces Biological Station

Las Cruces Biological Station and Wilson Biological Garden Ph (506) 2524-0628, fax (506) 2524-0629. Located in Las Cruces, 6 kilometers from San Vito. Address in San José: Sabanilla, 200 meters east and 25 meters south of the UNED, inside the Center of Investigation of the UCR. E-mail: nat-hist@ots.ac.cr www.esintro.co.cr www.ots.ac.cr.  Entry 6 US$; open every day  from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Las Cruces, is the best Botanical garden in Costa Rica, and has the most important collection of plants in Central America with more than 1.000 species. With an extension of 12 hectares and surrounded by another 254 of natural forest, the garden was created by   Robert and Catherine Wilson in 1963. In 1973 it went under the protection of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OET), and in 1983 it formed part of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, declared by UNESCO. Accommodation: Offering equipped cabins 2 single beds, private bathroom, fan and balcony. Single/ double 78/ 70 US$, extra person 63 US$, children from 5 to 12 years of age 25 US$. Meals: served in the dining room which has a capacity for 75 people, serving buffet style meals, at fixed hours, for breakfast lunch and dinner.

How to arrive and leave

The buses between San Vito and Neily pass by the entrance to the gardens several times day. You will need for the correct bus at the terminal, because some that go to Neily take a different route. A taxi from San Vito to the gardens cost 3 US$.  There is 6km between San Vito and the garden