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Monteverde Orchid Garden

50 mts sur-este de Banco Nacional, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
506-2645-5308
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Ranked #7 of 14 attractions in Santa Elena
Type: Gardens
Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our garden has a large... more » Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our garden has a large collection of orchids; we have more than 425 different species. You can find species that are endemic to Monteverde, and a collection of miniature orchids, including the smallest one in the world. We offer guided walks both in English and Spanish. We are in a great location in down town Santa Elena. « less
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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

The area is small and pleasant but we had a guide who was completely bored with his job, hence the tour lasted 15 minutes max, then he quickly left, backpack in hand. I don't regret going, and the entrance fee, $10, would be worth it IF we had a guide like the one described in the reviews below. With no... More

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Loved the amount of information re variety of orchids Guide was interesting, well informed, and loved her work The variety of orchids including ones that were only 1 mm was absorbing. Any scientist or someone who just likes flowers would like this tour

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I know some people don't want to go visit a small gallery to see small orchids, but I was fascinated by this. It was really cool to learn more about the biology, the differences among varieties, etc. The guide was very helpful. The tour only lasts an hour or less. The nearby cafe was good, too.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our visit at the orchid garden. We learned a lot about orchids and local vegetation (such as the fact that bananas grow on trees - not plants!). Our guide was very friendly and even talked to us quite a bit about Costa Rican culture and travelling tips. I've never seen so many beautiful flowers before... More

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Lots of very very small orchids. We learned a lot from our very knowledgeable guide. Was a peaceful afternoon.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The place is beautiful and pleasant, the service is friendly and efficient and the beverages are really (REALLY) great...the plus: they have an excellent restroom.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

These are genuine orchids, as you would find naturally in the wild. This means that they are all sorts of sizes, from the showy flowers you see commonly sold to the smallest orchid in the world- smaller than a pencil tip. There are a number of species there that exist only in Costa Rica and/or Monteverde, and many of them... More

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

If you love orchids, do not miss this garden walk in Monteverde. There are 450 species of orchids mounted on easy to see natural surroundings. Guides will help you identify the plants and answer orchid related questions. Alvarado in particular is quite the expert on his orchid garden. Ask him to see how the orchids are polinated. They have specimens... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I are both orchid growers and orchid lovers and this garden was a paradise. If you are looking for showy, generic orchids that you can see in any collection or mass produced show (especially the review below) maybe you should go to home depot or your local uninformed grow house. If you are looking for people with... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Most of the orchids were the size of a small coin, or smaller. I expected big, showy flowers, like i have seen in Holland. I gather from this orchid garden that those are hybrids, and this one does not grow hybrids. Keep expectations in line with reality, and you will probably like this more than i did.

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