6 kms. south of San Vito on the highway to Ciudad Neily. Bookings and tours by the Organisation for Tropical Studies in San José.
The Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Gardens are located in the Brunqueña mountains at 1,200 meters above sea level, near the City of San Vito. They consist of a large collection of ferns, plants of the Aracae and the Marantacae families, palm trees, bromeliads, and heliconias in 10 hectares set aside for ornamental horticulture. There are over 10,000 genera belonging to 200 families of tropical and subtropical plants, which are the focus of attention of sientists, students and tourists. The gardens are surroundet by secondary forests in a hilly terrain in the River Java basin, frequently swept by clouds. The climate is mild with an average temperature of 19°C.
The gardens were created in 1962 by Robert and Catherine Wilson, former owners of the Fantastic Gardens of Miami, Florida. As of 1973, the gardens have been managed by the Organisation of Tropical Studies, a conservation, research and educational centre.
Plants are grown for their value in ornamental horticulture, and endangered species are cultivated to be reintroduced among the local flora. The gardens, also known as Las Cruces, form part of the Amistad Biosphere Reserve.