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“Skip it!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Mariposario Butterfly Garden

Mariposario Butterfly Garden
Montezuma, Costa Rica
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Montezuma
Type: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums
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Winkler
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Skip it!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We came for the Butterfly Gardens and the hike to the waterfall. The gardens is a very small (and let me emphasize small) area with only a few butterflies. It is not worth it. We did see 3 blue butterflies, but I saw more butterflies on our nature hike. The waterfall hike is nice. If you are wanting to go on the waterfall hike, park by the Montezuma bridge and go to the waterfalls that way; as you do not need to pay to go to the waterfalls. As for the butterfly gardens, there are many better places to go. I did read some good reviews on the gardens, but having been there, I have no idea what anyone was talking about. After our hike, my husband and I thought it would be better if we didn't tell anyone that we had been here, as we found it embarrassing.

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“So much fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

What a great mariposario! Lots of information and friendly staff! You can tell they love what they do.

Visited March 2012
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Plainville, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Breakfast and Butterflies”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stopped by one afternoon and spoke with Ryan the owner of the inn and the butterfly garden and decided to come back the next morning for breakfast and to walk through the garden. It was a nice relaxing morning after the long walk up the three steep hills to get there. We started off with a nice cooked breakfast and then we spent some time walking through the butterlfy garden. There was an intern working who showed us what she was doing in order to breed more blue monarches. There were a number of differnt butterflies in the garden and so beautiful to watch and learn about.

We also like talking with Ryan the owner when we were there. We had just arrived to the area and he recommended some places that we might want to check out and also renting an ATV and some things to see and places to stop by. He was really helpful and his information made the day we rented the ATV a blast.

Visited December 2012
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Bergen, Norway
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“Beautiful butterflies & good beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Mariposario was located on a steep hill -- so prepare for a hike! The tour is nice and informative, and the butterflies are impressive in size and colour, but I think our favourite was the owner's home-brewed IPA. He also lets you taste some superfood plant juice (quite "interesting" taste!) and shows you some pretty yucky spiders, but you don't have to touch them (thank goodness)! You can also hike to the top of the waterfall from the garden.

Visited December 2012
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Redondo Beach
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“Weird”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Saw 3 butterflies. More outside the garden. The guide smelled like staly beer. The enclosure was small and seemed like someone just hung up screen around the forest and called it a butterfly garden.

Visited September 2012
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Mariposario, Owner at Mariposario Butterfly Garden, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
The butterfly garden is closed September through November. We allow visitors to enter on their own for half price. The "guide" was most likely a volunteer and I apologize for his smell.
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