Everywhere you wander in San Gerardo you will discover beautiful flowers, fruit-bearing trees and magnificent tropical vegetation, but there are also three Gardens you can visit and learn more about the flora of the region.

Long prized for its variety of orchids San Gerardo is a treat for enthusiasts and gardeners alike Make sure you allow time to visit:

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The Secret Gardens
Open: Every day, 8am–4pm
Location: 300 meters north of the MINAE offices, on the road to Herradura.

Visit the Secret Gardens and discover the tropical environment characteristic of our community. Hike the easy access trails to see the immense variety of heliconias, bromeliads and orchids native and adaptable to this beautiful region of Costa Rica, that provide a unique variety of flowers and cactus, colours and scents in the garden.

Discover the colourful birds that live in our garden; whose song, together with the sound of the Rio Blanco, creates a place of natural harmony and relaxation.

We have counted five springs that provide life to our garden and refuge for the most beautiful aquatic plants and animals.

From our lookout you can view the majestic Talamanca Mountain Range that peaks at Mount Chirripó.


“Learn about Nature in the Secret Gardens”

Telephone: (506)-2-742-5086
Cell: (506) 8-451-3001
Ask for: Bernan Blanco, Shirley Jiménez
Price: $5.00 (2,500 colones) per person
Special price for groups of 10 or more.
Level of difficulty: Low


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The Secret Gardens includes a small restaurant offering typical Costa Rican meals. Breakfast includes homemade bread and your choice of beverage. The price is $6 (3,000 colones). Lunch and dinner includes your choice of beverage and a house dessert. The price is $8.50 (4,300 colones).

Please call ahead for a reservation, especially if you are bringing a large group: (506) 2742-5086 or (506) 8451-3001.

Casa de Orquideas (Orchid House)

Enjoy a guided tour through the Fonseca family´s beautiful garden that boasts an exceptional variety of orchids. In addition, enjoy and learn about the many other flowers, fruit trees and rare trees, including Cedro, that grow here. Visitors may also visit the family´s coffee plantation. Afterwards enjoy coffee or juice while listening to the garden birds sing.

Located 200 meters north of the village plaza on the left

Don Rafa and Doña Eneida
Telephone: (506) 2742 5068