Zarcero has a marvelous free topiary garden.
In 1960, gardener Evangelisto Blanco began to trim and form the bushes here into bizarre shapes. There are arcades, elephants, birds, rabbits, corkscrews, snakes, dancing couples, oxen - even a bull fight. On one side is a very elaborate creche scene.
If you have kids, this is a good place to stop and let them run around.
This is free except for your transportation to get there. The gardens are on some bus tours.
Take a walk in the park and see what one man does with his trimming shears. He turns topiary into odd shapes. Trimming the archway topiary that leads to the church is no easy task. He is amazing!
The only way to get around and see everything that you want to see is by driving yourself.
The roads are not in great shape and some do not have signs but you can find your way.
Rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle at the airport when you arrive.
Luggage and bags:
Pack light and carry a lot of water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It does cool off at night up in the mountains and cloud forest so take some long pants and long sleeved shirts. Dress is casual but you will want some comfy walking shoes for sure.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always take my own toilet tissue with me. Take what ever else you will need or want because you won't find much here.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget the camera and film or memory cards.
Miscellaneous: Buy a map before you leave home and take it with you.
There are several trails, with wooden walkways at the ranch. There are expert guides to show you around. They will explain the different plants and show you birds and wildlife.