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Butterfly Conservatory

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The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth, and study of the rainforest; with focus on butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, such as insects, frogs, lizards, fish, and plants of the...more
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The only center of the genre of Latin America and I think also of South America. Many competent volunteers work there and are available to guide you, at no extra cost, during the visit of the Center, dispensing useful information for learning the fantastic world...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Turiang
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well organized and taken care off butterflies. Staff is knowledgeable. They have a lot of butterflies and frogs. The price is cheap compared with other locations.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TravelerOana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Butterfly Conservatory offers an intimate experience with the butterflies of Costa Rica. All of the four habitats are designed specifically for the many species of butterfly in them and the tour finishes off with a frog habitat. The tour is informative and it includes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank joslin_elizabeth
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

The owner and staff are fully dedicated to educate and share their knowledge and experience with their customers. The place is very well kept, suitable for my 82-year-old mother.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank neuropsicologia2002
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful time visiting the conservatory. The grounds are beautiful and the gardens are absolutely full to the brim with butterflies. A truly unique experience, I’ve never been to butterfly gardens with so much activity and variety. The guides are friendly and keen...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kathryn K
Reviewed October 5, 2018

The mariposario is very impressive! So many beautiful, well-maintained plants, butterflies, and other native critters. The blue morpho habitat is unbelievable in the afternoon as they are very active in the heat. If you go a little bit after 1:00, they will be releasing the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Great and wonderful service, the butterflies are beautiful and have a wide variety of species, I recommend this wonderful activity, it is unique

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank silviaparksuy
Reviewed September 28, 2018

It was my first visit to similar facility, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tour started at the reception with short explanation and then continued in aviaries, where the butterflies live. Facility includes also one dark room with cockroaches, various frogs, iguanas and turtles.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We did the self tour through the beautiful jungle like park. It took approximately 2 1/2 hours to go through the park with all kinds of hanging bridges. Don't take the short cuts or you will miss the waterfalls.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lori C
Reviewed August 18, 2018

One of the greatest places I've visited in the area around Lake Arenal. So many beautifull butterflies but also frogs to observe from a very close distance. I would definitely recommend to visit this place if you are interested in nature/biodiversity hot spots.The staff will...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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May 15, 2017|
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Response from Glenn B | Property representative |
Taxi's are found in the Central Plaza of La Fortuna, the trip out to El Castillo costs approvimately $30. By the way, the road to El Castillo has recently been resurfaced and is in excellent condition. There is a shuttle... More
December 28, 2016|
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Response from Glenn B | Property representative |
Thanks for considering the Butterfly Conservatory for a place on your agenda while in Costa Rica. We are open everyday of the year from 8am to 4pm, the entrance for adults is $15, and students $11. No reservations are... More
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butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..
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Belgium, Wisconsin
Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Eco Zoo (3 Replies)
I was wondering if someone has been to either of these two places as well as to the Ranario, Serpentario, and Butterfly Garden in Monteverde. We will be in both locations and would like to know if some are better than others (more bang for the buck, better experiences, etc.). Note: we have two small children with us.
May 25, 2012|
Response fromMike A|
The Arenal Conservatory is fine but a little far away by El Castillo, I personally like the ones at Monteverde better. I have not done the EcoZoo
Susan N
Romeo, Michigan
Butterfly Conservatory and Orchid Farm (6 Replies)
Staying at Nayara in November and wonder how far away is the butterfly conservatory and orchid farm?
October 16, 2014|
Response fromSusan N|
Thank you!
Laurie C
Carrboro, North Carolina
Advance Booking Necessary? Time Allowances (6 Replies)
We are pretty sure we are interested in doing the following things and we are not sure if advance booking is necessary or if we can leave our days more flexible. We know we may not get to everything. We will have a car. Also, how much time should we allow for each thing? Any other advice would be appreciated. Ziplining with Sky Trek (must do) Hanging Bridges Park (must do) Arenal Volcano Park (maybe) La Fortuna Waterfall (must do) Butterfly Conservatory (maybe) Serpentarium...More
March 05, 2011|
Response fromIncabod|
I think you played that pretty smart, I don't see why you can't book the rest while you are here. Have fun.. Cheers