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Butterfly Conservatory

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Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2479 1149
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Description: The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to...
The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth, and study of the rainforest; with focus on butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, such as insects, frogs, lizards, fish, and plants of the Arenal region of Costa Rica. The project has now grown to contain the largest exhibition of butterflies in Costa Rica, and is a learning center for understanding the butterfly life-cycle and incredible metamorphosis experience.
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My daughter-in-law, grandson and I visited the Butterfly Conservatory. I was using a cane to walk and didn't realize how far down the butterflies were. I managed to see all of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

My daughter-in-law, grandson and I visited the Butterfly Conservatory. I was using a cane to walk and didn't realize how far down the butterflies were. I managed to see all of the beautiful butterflies but realized that I wasn't going to be able to walk back up again. After some deliberations by the staff and owner they devised a plan... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

This conservatory was huge! It is devoted to letting the butterflies get on with their main activity - sex. The results of that activity are carefully 'cocooned' (geddit?) and brought to the chrysalis stage then the magic process into butterfly - all witnessable. The display areas are on the side of the hill, and are connected by an easy track.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was a great find. We have been to other Butterfly "farms" in Costa Rica and this was by far the best. The Blue Morphos are plentiful and fly all around you. We will be taking all of our guests here from now on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It was not only amazing to see so many different spices of butterflies flying all around you but also interesting and educational to learn about the life cycle of butterflies from knowledgeable volunteers. You can also see rare frogs and turtles up close. At the end of a guided tour you can walk through the regenerated rainforest and also the... More 

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This was one of the best activities on our trip to Costa Rica. You see a lot of butterflies and you learn a lot. All tours at Butterfly Conservatory are guided - they are young people from US, Europe. They all very knowledgeable and passionate. We learned a lot about butterflies and frog. Really fascinating. After that we were able... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We only discovered this in our Lonely Planet guide, since it doesn't show up under "Things to Do in La Fortuna". It's about 30 km from La Fortuna, but a third of that is unpaved, which makes the drive take about 45 minutes. It was worth the trip though. The variety of butterflies was very impressive, as was our guide's... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The road from La Fortuna to the Conservatory is rough but the drive is well worth it. Did you know that one species of butterfly is poisonous to its predators and that there is another species that is not poisonous but can make itself look just like the poisonous one? This is the place to go to learn about these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a rental car and the trip from La Fortuna must have taken 40 minutes. The road was the worst we travelled in all of Costa Rica, but the trip was worth it. There are 4 different eco-system rooms so you see a multitude of butterflies and also different flora. Don't be misled, you will not see thousands of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The road the Castillo is rough and slow but well worth it if you love butterflies. My wife was mesmerized. Considerable variety of species and significant numbers. Go early so you have time to hike at Arenal Volcano Park on the way back.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Feel like you can fly as you walk through each of the stations dedicated to the different types of butterflies that thrive in Costa Rica. Thanks to dedicated volunteers and staff, this magical conservatory is packed with such biodiversity and information, you can enjoy a guided tour or simply wander on your own. Lovely walking trail through this reforested area... More 

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