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Monteverde Butterfly Gardens Tour provided by Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas)

Monteverde Butterfly Gardens Tour

Monteverde Butterfly Gardens Tour
4.5
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$17.95
per adult
About
The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels of insects and arachnids for 25 years. This is the original and longest running Butterfly Garden is Costa Rica. It has 4 different butterfly habitats housing up to 35 species of butterfly, a leaf cutter ant colony and over 20 species of live Costa Rican insects and arachnids in the nature center. The passionate staff and volunteers will guide you through a 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 and beautiful birds.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch
What to expect
  • The garden is open from 8:30am to 4pm with tours running constantly until 3:30pm. The tour takes 1.5-hours and is relaxed and easy walking with benches for relaxing. You will start your adventure with expert guides exploring the nature center full of live insects like beetles, tarantulas and praying mantis. Then you will stroll through 4 enclosed greenhouses where butterflies are flying rain or shine in the butterfly gardens. This makes an excellent option for rainy afternoons in Monteverde. One of the most popular exhibits is the Leaf Cutter Ant Colony where you can see underneath the ground at just what all those ants are up to with the leaf that they carry.  The garden is partnered with the local public library so all proceeds from the gift shop go directly to helping the community. Tours are offered in English and Spanish.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • The garden is open from 8:30am to 4pm with tours running constantly until 3:30pm. The tour takes 1.5-hours and is relaxed and easy walking with benches for relaxing. You will start your adventure with expert guides exploring the nature center full of live insects like beetles, tarantulas and praying mantis. Then you will stroll through 4 enclosed greenhouses where butterflies are flying rain or shine in the butterfly gardens. This makes an excellent option for rainy afternoons in Monteverde. One of the most popular exhibits is the Leaf Cutter Ant Colony where you can see underneath the ground at just what all those ants are up to with the leaf that they carry.  The garden is partnered with the local public library so all proceeds from the gift shop go directly to helping the community. Tours are offered in English and Spanish.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 40055P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Photo opportunities
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, 700 m sur del escuela cerro plano, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica Cerro Plano, 20 minute walk or short cab ride from downtown Santa Elena
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Photo opportunities
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, 700 m sur del escuela cerro plano, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica Cerro Plano, 20 minute walk or short cab ride from downtown Santa Elena
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
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4.5
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Raphael B
8 contributions
Exellent guided tour
The guide was exellent. She knew all about butterflies and insects. And 15 $ p. P for an 1 hour guided personal tour - fantastic. But I think we got the personal tour since we were the only ones there...

Written September 18, 2021
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Megan B
San Diego, CA57 contributions
Fantastic Tour Guide
Aug 2021
After 2 weeks in Costa Rica this was my kids' favorite tour. The exhibits were very good, but it seemed like a lot might depend on your tour guide, and ours was absolutely the best. I wish so much we could remember her name; sadly all I recall is that she was from Scotland and working at the butterfly garden temporarily as an intern. Her tour was fantastic! She was so engaging with the kids, really seemed to love what she was doing and made the tour completely fascinating. We met 3 different employees and each one had so much enthusiasm for the gardens and the tour, it was just such a wonderful place to visit. Very highly recommend!
Written August 17, 2021
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beentheredonethatia
Davenport, IA454 contributions
So glad we stopped
The gal who runs this place is such a hoot. She shares educational information in such a fun way. She needs to get on YouTube! I loved learning about a range of insects. There were three areas for viewing and photography. Had a great time.
Written July 14, 2021
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Jonathan
Wilmington, DE918 contributions
A beautiful morning with the butterflies
Mar 2021
Unfortunately, our schedule in Monteverde when Covid closings were still returning to normal didn't permit us to visit the butterfly garden during their hours. After a FB conversation with them to confirm times/dates, though, we had arranged a private visit during closed hours that only cost a bit more than a normal visit and occurred when we could visit them.

Excellent facility that focuses (obviously) on butterflies but also has some other fascinating insects from the area. Our guide, David, was an American ex-pat so we had no problems with language and he took us through at the pace we wanted, answering any and all questions. We would have enjoyed our visit even during "normal," non-Covid times, but REALLY appreciated them opening up just for us. Will definitely recommend them to friends visiting the Monteverde area.
Written March 28, 2021
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mlmdaisy
Tampa, FL10,597 contributions
So nice!!!
Mar 2021
We've been to many butterfly exhibits. This one is small but very well done. The guided tour was great; we received a lot of attention and still learned new things. It was a great way to spend some time and ideal for a rainy day.
Written March 22, 2021
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john m
Greenville, SC82 contributions
Amazing Butterfly Tour!
Feb 2021
I took a virtual tour of the Monteverde Butterfly Garden with Roberto. He was such a great guide and his passion for butterflies and the ecological diversity of Costa Rica was infectious. I saw some amazing butterflies and other insects that call the cloud forests of Monteverde home ad learned quite a few things I didn't know before. Highly recommended!
Written February 7, 2021
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Alison C
12 contributions
Fascinating visit
Mar 2020
Enjoyble visit with lots to see, great guides. Highly recommend, wondeful watching the varieties of butterflies. Dont forget to visit the hummingbirds as well.
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Written April 16, 2020
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Bonnie M
Creston, Canada8 contributions
Tour
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited the Butterfly Gardens. Great guide, learned about all kinds of spiders, bugs, butterflies and moths, worth the visit.
Written March 7, 2020
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William Reese S
Kingston, MA76 contributions
Impressive and Time Well Spent
Feb 2020 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful experience with live butterflies explained by very knowledgeable people. A must do.
Written February 25, 2020
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SparkyandEly
Lakewood, CO67 contributions
Great educational experience
Jan 2020
The guide is extremely knowledgeable about butterflies and insects. The tour began with hands-on experience with insects of the rainforest. They are a very under-estimated component of the rainforest ecosystem. Next we toured 2 climate controlled greenhouses to see a huge variety of butterflies including the Blue Morpho. The final butterfly stop is an enclosed outdoor area housing indigenous butterfly species. There is also a leaf-cutting ant display demonstrating harvesting, transporting and the underground activity. Absolutely fascinating
Written February 4, 2020
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By: Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas)
SamF0117
SamF0117
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Nice little surprise
Enjoyable tour of a butterfly garden for a reasonable price. The girls who did our tour were lovely and knowledgeab
AlaskanBirch
AlaskanBirch
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The original MV butterfly garden
This butterfly garden in Cerro Plano was the original one in the area. They provide excellent informative tours. Th
Kate2000
Kate2000
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Beautiful sanctuary
Informative tour which is really useful before you go to the cloud forest so you can spot the butterflies.Went back
connierussell
connierussell
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An informative guided tour and opportunity to get a good look at owl butterflies and blue morphos +
My husband and I were staying next door at the Monteverde Inn so decided to pop over and take a tour. We very much
Exploration559363
Exploration559363
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Great experience
We had a fantastic time at the Butterfly garden. The various guides are all so knowledgeable and have such a great
CathWOntario_Canada
CathWOntario_Canada
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An incredible way to open up your eyes to the beauty of insects!
We took 5 kids on this tour. Our guide was a fellow Canadian named Connor. Our tour took us through three enclosu
dvkremk
dvkremk
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The Bug Lady
Our visit started out with a lecture by The Bug Lady. She was very entertaining, hilarious and full of interesting
505hughp
505hughp
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Bugs and butterflies
Well worth a visit. The gardens overlook a lovely panorama of cloud forest, and the tours are entertaining and educ
CapeHorn21
CapeHorn21
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Very Informative and Interesting
The guides did an amazing job-we learned so much about the local insects and butterflies. They have many butterfly
Vipha
Vipha
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Knowledgeable and dedicated
The Monteverde Butterfly Garden is a worthy stop. Our guide, an intern from the UK, was knowledgeable and dedicate
Michael N
Michael N
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Informative and enjoyable tour
We weren't sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. Our kids sometimes lose interest during guided tours
ADPhello
ADPhello
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Incredibly impressed!!!
The butterfly gardens themselves were only a part of this amazing place. The guide first spoke about many different
Leyna B
Leyna B
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Educational and Fun!
The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly with a sense of humor. We got to release butterflies and learn about
mingfatsai
mingfatsai
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Paul made this attraction impossible to leave
We enthusiastically recommend a tour here! Not only will you have the chance to see some spectacularly beautiful b
Lance_Kerwin
Lance_Kerwin
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Butterfly Garden
The staff were friendly and so informative. The butterflies were lovely. It was nice to have a close look on them.
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