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Address: Apdo #10, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304 , Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 88294229
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Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a...
Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a permaculture farm with a mature collection of fruit and spice trees in production and lots of tropical flowers. Corridors of rainforest make it into a fascinating nature park. Visitors will be able to try a fresh fruit drink, taste fruits in season, sample homemade natural chocolate, and learn about medicinals and ethnobotanicals. Finca la Isla is a working farm producing black pepper, fruits, and ornamental plants in commercial quantities. Besides the opportunity to see very rare tropical plants visitors will learn about tropical crops like bananas, black pepper, and nutmeg. The botanical garden is one of the very best places in Costa Rica to see frogs in the wild. Our rainforest will provide the chance to see four different kinds of poison dart frogs, reptiles, toucans and many other birds, sloths, and the marvel of symbiosis and diversity that is the tropical rainforest. Visitors are guaranteed to see the red poison dart frog in the wild.
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A couple of hours of peace and beauty

I was first introduced to Finca La Isla Botanical Garden through an employee, Allan, while enjoying an afternoon in the center of Puerto Viejo. While visiting the gardens may not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I was first introduced to Finca La Isla Botanical Garden through an employee, Allan, while enjoying an afternoon in the center of Puerto Viejo. While visiting the gardens may not have been my first choice if I were shown a list of 'things to do in Puerto Viejo', Allan was so passionate about what they have to offer that I... More 

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Meudon, France
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Nice garden to be visited close to Puerto Viejo. Lots of plants, trees and fauna (birds, butterflys, frogs...). You can try some tropical fruits after the walk. Very interesting and very nice welcome by Alan.

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Kopavogur, Iceland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I loved seeing the red posion frog it's all around. If you love nature you sould go, alot of new things you can see there. You are your own guide in the garden and you can wonder around as long as you want but Alan the guy in the reception was great he showed me a red posion frog and... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had a walk through the garden with many different plants an fruits. Afterwards we were able to taste local fruits and self made chocolate. The guide Allen is a very nice guy and helpful! My recommendations.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

An interesting place to visit if in the area and one of the more cost effective "tour" things to do at USD per person. It's a farm with self guided trails in which the reception provides a map and booklet. The poison dart frogs are througnhout the farm but are most commonly seen in the covered bromeliad nursery. The end... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Loved seeing lots and lots of red poison dart frogs! Saw one green and black poison dart frog too. At $6/pp, a self-guided tour with the provided booklet is one of the safest, prettiest, and cheapest ways to get into nature in the area and learn about it. This was a great way to introduce our children to the jungle... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Nice bit of a nature walk. We got to see howler monkeys and poison dart frogs in the wild and there were all sorts of medicinal and edible plants and trees. At the end you get small tastes of a few fruits and juice. We tasted bananas and rambutans and the juice actually seemed like powdered lemonade mix but who... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

You pull up to and there is a little house and a funky table with a Rasta that gives you a map and and vague directions. It's hard to tell at times if you are on the designated path or not but usually you can find a sign or what's left of one in front of a tree or plant... More 

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This is a combination botanic garden, bromeliad nursery, and poison dart frog habitat. Wear good walking shoes as the paths may be a bit muddy. And bring your camera for guarenteed sightings of colorful poison dart frogs.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I agree with other visitors that this is not your modern polish botanical garden in a highly manicured setting. However, that is what makes this one some amazing when it comes to seeing not only plants, but local wildlife. I loved this place! I found the layout to be very nice with trails meandering around and having a very open... More 

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