Costa Rican Beauty isn’t Only in the Eye of the Beholder…
…but also in the Scent of the Flower!
You don’t need to be a gardening fanatic to include the Orchid Exhibition in your vacation activities. If you are in San Jose in the upcoming week, you might be tempted to visit the Antigua Aduana (Old Customs Building) at Calle 23, Avenue 7 in San Jose. Until Sunday, 4th March, the building will be filled with around 2,000 stunning examples of Costa Rica’s 12,000 species of Orchids on the exhibits forty stands.
This is the 41st year that the Costa Rican Orchid Association has exhibited their prize flowers in what has become the largest show of its type in Central America. Supported by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the intention of the exhibition is to display the flowers and educate the visitors about their care. These delicate flowers have to be raised with tenderness; their heat maintained and moisture monitored in northern climates, but here in Costa Rica, they literally grow on the trees — flourishing in the hot humidity that is normal to so much of the country.
It is claimed that Costa Rica has the largest number of orchids per square mile and it is easy to believe it when you see them blooming all over the place! The Guaria Morada (Guarianthe Skinneri), the purple-petaled orchid that’s commonly found, is Costa Rica’s national flower. So go along and see these real Costa Rican beauties!
Information Entry is charged at 2,500 colones per adult ($5) and 1,500 colones per child ($3). The exhibition is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.
Reporting by Sara Ford
• Freelance writer for Vamos Rent-A-Car