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“Visit here before the Cloud Forest!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monteverde Orchid Garden

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 17 things to do in Santa Elena
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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.
midwest, usa
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“Visit here before the Cloud Forest!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

You don't have to be an orchid enthusiast to enjoy a visit to this large collection of orchids. The young woman who escorted us through the gardens was extremely knowledgeable about orchids and an excellent guide. Like most fine teachers she transmitted her enthusiasm to us! There are a few flashy orchids in their greenhouse, but most of the collection is outside in a natural setting, We used the magnifying glasses they have to see some very tiny and fascinating orchids. When we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest the next day, we were very much more aware of the orchids there and because of our visit to the Orchid Gardens we found ourselves scanning the forest canopy with our binoculars for colorful orchids. We found quite a few we would not have seen otherwise.

Visited February 2013
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New hampshire
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“If you like orchids...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I visited the orchid garden one afternoon just prior to closing. The garden is a collection of orchids attached to trees or under a greenhouse with winding cement pathways. While small, they have around 400 different types of orchids. Not all of these are in bloom at the same time however- during our trip we probably saw around 100 different flowers.
We took the guided tour which was excellent! Our guide (katelyn?) was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. The majority of the orchids which were in bloom while we were there were mini orchids- many required a hand held magnifying glass to appreciate the colors and details. I would not have enjoyed the garden nearly as much without the tour, as it is very hard to find some of the blooms when they are so small!

The garden does not take credit cards, however it was only $10 or so per person and well worth it! If you are traveling to monteverde (or anywhere in Costa Rica) you can't expect small businesses to take credit cards.

I would gladly return to the orchid garden!

Visited February 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Does not take credit cards”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This garden does not take credit cards. We were very disappointed not to be able to see the orchids. Staff was very unfriendly.

Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour and learn about orchids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This small orchid garden, located behind a cafe, offers an amazing look at orchids -- not the hybrid type we're used to seeing in the U.S., but the multitude of varieties that are native to the cloud forests...including some so small, if you don't see them in the Monteverde Orchid Garden, you'll never spot them out in the forest. Have lunch first at the Orchid Garden Cafe and get $2 off the $10 admission to the garden (even at $10, it's still a good deal).

Visited January 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Splendid small suprise in St Elena”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

May be it is a small garden but there is an amazing number of orchids, most of them with beautiful flowers (large and very very small). Guide was very enthousisatic and informative. I have learned a lot about orchids. We spend almost two hours there. There were beautiful birds as well. Flowers are attractive to anyone!

Visited December 2012
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