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Butterfly Conservatory

#1 of 3 things to do in El Castillo Features Animals
El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149
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Worth every penny. Guide was very knowledgeable. The area had about 3 different sections were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
tatiana b
via mobile
HIdden Gem.

This place was within walking distance of the house we rented. We weren't expecting much (it's in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lisa B
Los Angeles, California
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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 Arenal region of Costa Rica. The project has now grown to contain the largest exhibition of butterflies in Costa Rica, and is a learning center for understanding the butterfly life-cycle and incredible metamorphosis experience.
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth every penny. Guide was very knowledgeable. The area had about 3 different sections were different species of butterflies were kept according to their habitats. The trails were visually stimulating. A must see.

Thank tatiana b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was within walking distance of the house we rented. We weren't expecting much (it's in a remote location and looked pretty small from the dirt road). We were so surprised and so glad we went in. The owner/manager welcomed us, told us what...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

its a beautiful place. i never was before in a place like that. different a lot animals and Beatles, crazy frogs and awesome Nature. Thank you so much for the tour and the experience.

Thank jcuantum
Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

We had a delightful experience here. The woman at the front desk spoke American English since she had lived in the US. She was very friendly and helpful. There are different screened in "rooms" for different kinds of climates. In some we were surrounded by...More

Thank Jane L G
Reviewed May 12, 2017

The Butterfly Conservatory is just outside of the town of LA Fortuna, near the dam. It takes about 20 minutes to drive there from the main road. It costs $15.00 per person in either US $ or colones. They only take cash. We got a...More

1  Thank midnitewind
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Spending time surrounded by butterflies was amazing. The experience was great. Seeing the blue morpho butterflies was spectacular. The staff was very nice. The gift shop has beautiful jewelry made of butterfly wings once they have completed their life cycle. I purchased a number of...More

1  Thank pamelawilson2015
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Easy walk down paved (mostly) paths, and an easy walk back up when you're near done. We were ecstatic to see all the various tropical plants, flowers flowers flowers, and the butterflies were enchanting. Our guide Andrea was fantastic! Took all the time we wanted,...More

1  Thank Tony B
Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

It was absolutely magical to be surrounded by so many incredibly beautiful butterflies - the enormous blue morphos were especially breathtaking. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and I enjoyed being able to support the preservation of biodiversity.

1  Thank caseygaughan
Reviewed April 19, 2017

This was located just down the road from our hostel, so we thought it would be a neat little place to check out. This is a private facility, located in a re-mediated jungle. The butterflies are located in three connected greenhouses. There are interpreters in...More

1  Thank Rachel P
Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely worth a visit (despite the 8km gravel road). The place is gorgeous, built with lot of love. Best were all the explanations by Scott and Andrea. In only two hours we learned so much about rainforest, butterflies and balance of nature. A must visit!

1  Thank Mic57-7
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Is it easy to get a taxi from the centre of La Fortunate to here?
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
What is the entrance price?
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
What is the website address of the butterfly conservatory so I can find an address and directions?
May 15, 2016|
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Response from Shyam R | Reviewed this property |
butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..