The Gifford Arboretum invites you to join the


sponsored by the Gifford Arboretum and the Organization for Tropical Studies. From May 9-18, 1997, twenty fortunate participants will experience the beautiful gardens of Costa Rica.

The trip itinerary will feature guided tours of

  • private gardens in the capital of San Jose
  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
  • Lankester Gardens
  • Wilson Botanical Gardens
  • Cloud Forest River Walk, habitat of the famous Quetzal
  • Cerro de la Muerte, home of spectacular Paramo vegetation
  • Aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy near Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • the CATIE tropical research center in Turrialba participants

  • All-inclusive excursion fare is $1930 (per person, based on double occupancy), and includes a $200 tax-deductible donation to the Gifford Arboretum and a $35 tax-deductible donation to the Wilson Botanical Gardens.

    The cost includes

  • round trip airfare from Miami, FL to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • U.S. airport fees
  • travel insurance (cancellation, medical and baggage protection)
  • land transportation by private bus with guide
  • hotel accomodations
  • breakfasts, lunches (some box lunches), dinners and special banquet
  • admissions and guides at all listed sites

  • (Does not include gratuities, Costa Rican airport departure tax or optional excursions.)

    Accomodations will be provided at the following locations:

  • Las Orquideas in San Jose (3 nights)
  • Albergue Rio Savegre at Finca Chacon Cloud Forest (2 nights)
  • Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden (3 nights)
  • Turrialtica in Turrialba (1 night)

  • The Special Closing Banquet will be held at La Bijahua Restaurant, named for a beautiful wild Calathea and known for its original Costa Rican nouvelle cuisine.

    The deadline to register for the tour is January 31, so please do not delay in making your reservations with us as soon as possible.
    For more information please contact Dr. Carol Horvitz