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Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas)

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Address: Near Pension Monteverde Inn | On road to Monteverde, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2645-5512
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Description: The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the...
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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Great experience - especially the insect room

The butterfly houses were lovely, but the part we like the most was the insect room, where we were shown around by very knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and were able to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The butterfly houses were lovely, but the part we like the most was the insect room, where we were shown around by very knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and were able to touch and hold many amazing, exotic insects. Wonderful!

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well where do we start? We thought we were just going to see butterflies. But oh no. Our young American guide was just exceptional. Exceptional in every way. First the insects were presented to us with full information about every one and then onto the 4 butterfly houses. We were not rushed and again full information was given by our... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great place to spend a couple of hours admiring the stunning beauty of many different species of butterflies, but also includes a very educational and well run environment for understanding of other insects and their place in nature as a whole. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides held the attention of adults and kids alike. Beautiful views of the surrounding... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lots of info on insects and butterflies was given. A lovely place for nature lovers. The exhibits had many rooms full of butterflies. The guide was very knowledgeable.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The garden itself is beautiful. I do not remember the name of the guide I had, but she was absolutely outstanding. Her love of science, butterflies, and insects, was obvious and her enthusiasm contagious. She gave me a deeper appreciation for insects and helped me overcome some of my fears of them. What troubled me was the butterflies being sold... More 

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Bryna B, Owner at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), responded to this review

Hello! Thanks for your review, we are always happy to hear that we did our job and have more bug enthusiasts on the planet! I remember speaking to you in reception after your tour about the framed butterflies. As I explained then, the production of these butterflies has no serious negative environmental impact, and that is the impact that we... More 

Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

First of all, David and Bryna are wonderful. They opened the garden to new residence and staff of the Friends and Cloud Forest Schools yesterday then fed us a local meal. The passion they have for bugs is inspiring. It is so good to learn what some of these creatures that are crawling around your hotel, hostel, or house are.... More 

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Granby, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My kids were really really engaged with this tour. It was a last minute decision when we had a few hours to spare and we all really enjoyed it. The kids learned a ton and had a great time doing it - as well as trying to get butterflies to land on them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

There are several interesting collections here. First off are the tour guides, very knowledgable and interesting people. They really know their stuff. Then there are the numerous butterfly areas. They have fabulous creatures flittiering aournd you constantly. And then there is what I call the bug room. Everything from tarantulas to humongus beetles get passed around for a close-up viewing.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Spent a pleasent hour or so here, The gardens and guides are more for children than adults though. If you have kids it would be a winner

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were in Costa Rica for a month, and this was one of the very best places we visited. We went with two adults and four children, and all of us learned SO much. It was an interactive experience (we got to release newborn butterflies into the gardens!) and the guide was funny, very knowledgeable, and good at getting kids... More 

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