As you travel towards Cartago, you will see why Costa Rica is called "The Garden of the Americas" because you will travel through some of the country's most colorful and visually impressive areas. You will ascend Costa Rica's tallest volcano, towering 11,257 feet (3432 meters) above the historic city. You will be able to go right to the rim of this natural wonder and take a close look inside the crater of this still active volcano. The next stop will be in the city of Cartago; the country's capital, while it was under Spanish rule. In Cartago we will be paying a visit to to the ruins Cathedra ruins, that currently scenic park with beautiful its gardens, then we will take you to the Basilica of Costa Rica's patron saint, too, "Nuestra Señora de los Angeles". A delightful lunch follows and then we set our way on to the Orosí Valley and the Ruins of Ujarrás to see the country's first colonial church founded in 1570. The final stop will be at the stunning Lankester Botanical Gardens. Created by Charles Lankester in 1917, these gardens, now under the administration of the University of Costa Rica, have become one of the most valuable botanical research centers in Central America. They cover 25 acres and house in the gardens over 800 species of native and hybrid orchids and a variety of other plants, including bromeliads, anthuriums and many types of ferns. There are species in flower year-round, but the peak season for the large orchids is February to April.