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“not for everyone” 2 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 14 Attractions in Santa Elena
Type: Gardens
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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.
San Jose, California
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“not for everyone”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

If you are a botanist and want to see many unusual species of orchids this would be your place. However, if you are just looking for lots of pretty flowers, this is disappointing. Most of the orchids there were so small that you would pass right by without even noticing them. This was a guided tour and the guide did provide magnifying glasses and pointed out where the tiny orchids were. However, even under magnification the orchids were not very impressive. The only orchid we recognized was one phalaenopsis but the guide dismissed this flower as a “hybrid” not a pure species.

Visited March 2013
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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“Will never look at orchids the same again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Spent about an hour or so going through this garden and found it fascinating. The young woman who guided us knew lots of interesting facts about orchids and they have an impressive number and variety of types. Some required magnifying glass (provided) to see. Enjoyed it more than we expected,

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Captive Orchids in Monteverde”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A friend and I were in Monteverde for only four days in early March 2013 and had to choose carefully to make the most of our stay. We were both very pleased when we stumbled upon the Orchid Garden and the variety of orchids on display there. The garden is small, but well planned so it does not seem so. Our arrival was timely since we had the lovely English speaking naturalist guide to ourselves and she never tired of our questions. We had asked if we could tour the garden on our own, but she smiled as she handed us our magnifying glasses and explained that we would probably need her help if we were to find all of them. And with her we did. The owner who planned this garden was on site and welcomed my attempts at Spanish, but left the English guiding to his assistant who is a true asset.
There is a cafe affiliated with the Orchid Garden and my friend enjoyed the fare and the atmosphere while I sought extra time in the garden to capture some of its beauty on camera.

Visited March 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Pleasurable One Hour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I liked everything about it. Some of the native orchids need a magnifying glass to see, which I loved! If you like flowers, you'll thoroughly enjoy the 45 minute tour!

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Oslo, Norway
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“Educative & fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

A guided tour explaining lots about orchids that we didn't know, even though we have a couple dozen of them at home, all our questions competently handled... Particularly facinating to see all the tiniest examples, although we were a day too late to see the "smallest orchid in the world"!

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