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For a more formal experience visit the Wilson Botanical Gardens in San Vito.

The Wilson Botanical Gardens feature beautifully diverse plantings of tropical and subtropical ornamentals, representatives of unusual plant families and rare and endangered plants from Costa Rica and else where.

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.

San Vito is located in the south of Costa Rica. The town stands almost 1 km above sea level, which means it is cooler than in the surrounding jungle. The town has a sizeable Italian community as it was founded by Italians in the 1950s who came to set up coffee plantations. You can still get very good Italian food here. San Vito is also a good starting point for a visit to the Wilson Botanical Gardens or the Parque Internacional La Amistad.

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