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“Nice hidden gem!” 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 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.
Los Angeles, California
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“Nice hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a must if you love flowers! Sllightly hidden entrance at the bottom of the hill next to a coffee shop. Great tour of some magnificent orchids. You are given a magnifying glass to actually see the microsopic orchids. They are REALLY that small. So many different types. Our guide Keilyn was patient and very in the know of all the plants. She made the tour fun. great place for couples, family, school kids, etc. Don't forget to set your flower mode on your camera. Thanks for the orchid in a jar Keilyn..!! Cheers, ~Dave & Angel. Los Angeles City

Visited April 2013
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“Captivating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We had 11/2 hours until our tour bus was to pick us up to return to Tamarindo. At breakfast some fellow travellers recommended the Orchid Garden in St Elena An easy walk, we went and thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour. The guide was very knowledgable about the many many species of orchids and Costa Rican vegetation in general. I would never have imagined how tiny these flowers could be. A very well kept and beautiful garden.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“If you like exotic flowers, go here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

On arrival we were given magnifying glasses and an individual tour. Our guide taught us about the physical properties of orchids and showed us specimens varying from about 1/8" size up to the large cattleyas seen in commercial use. There was an astounding variety of sizes and colors, and these will be different each time you visit as different ones bloom. Can't see anything like this in Colorado!

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Interesting for adults, not for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

My wife went here while I ziplined with my kids. She found it interesting to get the guided tour but cautioned that kids probably wouldn't like it.

Visited April 2013
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East Preston, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit, but won't fill your whole day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I can't remember what the entrance fee is, only that it seemed reasonable value for money!

You get a 25-30 minute guided tour with a knowledgeable young guide, and afterwards you are free to walk around again at your leisure taking photos of everything. All in all, about an hour of relaxing in a town with frankly very little else to do.

No hard selling of souvenirs or other "tat", and recommended if you have any interest at al in the environment.

Visited March 2013
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