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Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas)

Address: Near Pension Monteverde Inn | On road to Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2645-5512
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Owner description: The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels of insects and arachnids for over 20 years. Our mission has always been to change the way people view these small but fantastically diverse animals. It is not hard either- with 4 different butterfly habitats housing up to 30 species of butterfly, a leaf cutter ant colony and over 20 species of live Costa Rican insects and arachnids in our nature centre we have something that will melt the heart of even the most devout bug crusher! A dedicated and passionate group of staff and volunteers will guide you on a tour through our three acre facility where you will see just some of the amazing insects and arachnids Costa Rica has to offer! The property is lush and full of other Costa Rican favourites such as capuchin monkeys and agoutis! Birders will not be disappointed with wrens galore and common visits from Keel Billed toucan, blue crowned motmot and the occasional appearance of the famed bell bird. We are open 365 days a year, so drop by whenever you can!
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Prague, Czech Republic
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124 reviews 124 reviews
50 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This garden definatelly worth a trip. We learned a lot thanks to excellent explanation by our volunteer (but so professional!) guide Amy. She new so much and new how to put it in a way that we didn't want to leave after 2hrs! Beside the butterflies, there are a very interesting Beatles, bugs and spider. You will learn a lot... More

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Orange County, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were looking for a fun and educational activity to do with our 8 year old daughter and this place provided both!!! Lindsay was our tour guide and she was great. Unfortunately, that was her last day. She was very knowledgable about the different species of butterflies and made learning fun. We were in awe admiring not only the butterflies... More

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Cathlamet, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Excellent information about insects as well as butterflies. This is an attraction that is not to be missed. The guided tour takes only 40 minutes to an hour, and it is absolutely fascinating!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I've been teaching and traveling for over 40 years, and Bryna gave the most engaging and lively lectures I have ever heard. She is a brilliant teacher who will have you laughing while learning about the habits and characteristics of all kinds of insects & arachnids: scorpions, tarantulas, dung beetles, leaf cutter ants, Hercules beetles, AND beautiful and varied butterflies.... More

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Bryna and her staff are some of the best I have experienced in any tourism field and Bryna's lectures are pure comedy...never has nature been so entertaining and informative.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My family was blown away in the insect room! We got to see and touch insects we had only ever seen in magazines like National Geographic. Holding the Hercules beetles was the highlight of my trip to Monteverde. Thank you Bryna and David!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I would highly recommend the Monteverde Butterfly Garden. Our tour guide, Nathan, was so knowledgeable (and had a great, dry sense of humor) to make it a super interesting and fascinating experience. We learned tons about butterflies as well as many other insects in the area. Highly recommend it!

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Corvallis, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was fun...our 5 year thought it was a highlight of our trip. And her two science teacher parents had a good time.

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place is run by university student volunteers from the US & Canada who are majoring in a related field. Our guide, Michael, was a very personable & knowledgeable young man. What impressed me most was that when he didn't know something, he'd tell us he didn't know. So obviously, when he told us something, he knew what he was... More

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Quispamsis, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This tour provides such an amazing foundation for any of the hikes in the rain forest. The guides were incredible knowledgable and entertaining. Michael was excellent ! The butterflies drew us in but it was the expanded tour of so many other relationships with insects, butterflies and the cloud forest that really opened up my experience. The gardens themselves are... More

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