Gardens and Grand Vistas

A cluster of bromeliads near the Mirador vista point.

A large part of the appeal of Finca Cántaros comes from its informal, open garden areas and the grand vistas from several key points on the property.

The best views are to be seen from the Mirador vista point, with views looking down on the nearby town of San Vito to the north and beyond out over the expanse of the Coto Brus Valley guarded by the long cordillera of the Talamanca Mountains on the east. Excellent views of the Talamancas can also be seen from what we call the “Plaza”, a flat open area near orchards that once was a pre-Columbian burial site according to archeologists.

Arbor of flowering vines on the approach to the Mirador vista point.

The owners are constantly improving the gardens, adding to the plant collection with an eye to attractive landscaping. There are also several orchard areas with tropical fruit trees as well as a variety of citrus. Shelters (“ranchos”) in scenic parts of the property are perfect for picnics, relaxation and contemplation.

Dombea flowers near Mirador "rancho"

Visitors are often struck by some of the oldest and most dramatic trees on the property, the non-native Rainbow Gum, a variety of Eucalyptus. Several large specimens on the property were planted in 1965 by the original Italian settlers who first owned the property. If you look closely, you may see hummingbirds, warblers, and other birds visiting flowers. In the same

Rainbow Gum (Eucalyptus deglupta).

area as several of the Eucalyptus are a grove of old pines planted about the same time. These pines, too, are not native to Costa Rica; they occur naturally in North America and as far south as Honduras.

Zamia fairchildiana in the "Zamia Zone".

There are several areas of the grounds (that are highlighted on the available self-guided tour) with groupings of  some special species of tropical plants. There is a large cluster of marantas (called the “Maranta Meander” in the self-guided tour), a “Zamia Zone” with the unusual Zamia fairchildiana (a member of the Cycad order) that is endemic to the south Pacific slope of Costa Rica.

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