Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory, El Castillo: Hours, Address, Butterfly Conservatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Butterfly Conservatory
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. On this tour visitors will learn about the incredible butterfly life-cycle, and see how we raise these beautiful creatures in our butterfly laboratory. We will also discuss the uniqueness of specific butterflies and plants found flying in each of our 4 ecological habitats. And will also learn about exotic frogs, our botanical gardens and medicinal herb areas, along with our reproduction greenhouses, and then take the rainforest River Walk through primary forest.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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MartyParty4
Trinidad1,302 contributions
Simply beautiful
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited the Butterfly Conservatory on a rainy day but enjoyed going into each of the 5 enclosures with the butterflies. Olivia our guide had only been working there for a week but she could answer each of our many questions. She was great to point out the various species and tell us about all the different frogs too. This place was beautiful especially all the blue butterflies in the one enclosure.
Written July 31, 2021
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Flavio Gomez
Bronx, NY2 contributions
IT IS WORTH THE TRIP! Please support this conservatory volunteer staff from UK with lots of knowledge in flora and fauna
Amazing place with even more amazing people! Met the staff and Ana walked us around the main building showing us the different kinds of butterflies, beetles and moths. The volunteer staff also made this experience unforgettable and very welcoming, showing us the behind the scenes and very thorough with everything they did to maintain the environment clean and unique.
Written July 23, 2021
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ButterflyGlenn
Thanks for your visit and comments; we strive to provide the best nature regeneration and butterfly exhibition project in Costa Rica. Set in the pristine surroundings of rainforest and Volcano views.
Written July 25, 2021
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Silvina C
Puerto Rico14 contributions
Magic place
Jul 2021 • Friends
Nice place to admire the wonders of nature and butterflies world. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. English-Spanish.
Written July 15, 2021
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Brett Olsson
1 contribution
Great experience
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a really amazing property to visit. The butterflies are beautiful and the restoration of this small slice of rainforest a treat to see. The volunteers will explain what species of butterflies you are seeing in each nursery.
Written July 8, 2021
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Andre F
18 contributions
Paradise
May 2021 • Solo
The moment I arrived for my first shift as a volunteer guide I was welcomed to browse through the Butterfly Conservatory's museum. A fascinating display of some of the amazing butterflies found in the immediate area. I was lucky enough to observe a butterfly hatch out of its chrysalis! Each consecutive day I learned and observed so many incredible traits butterflies display. The four atriums that contain Costa Rica's largest collection of butterflies are thriving and provide a dazzling experience not to be missed. One of the astounding aspects created by the owner is his concept in designing a harmonious integration of pure natural elements. Medicinal gardens, frog habitat and turtle ponds accent the spacious rainforest. Everything has an organic flare. Spring water fountains, adundant floral arrangements and serenity all for our pleasure. I am halfway through my eight week stay and have seen wild howler monkeys, toucans, dozens of humming birds etc visit the area.
Written June 11, 2021
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Alice C
3 contributions
Amazing volunteering experience !
Mar 2021 • Solo
I spent 5 weeks as a volunteer in the Butterfly Conservatory and at the end didn't want to leave ! But at some point you have to hit the road again and leave all this beautiful people behind you... !

I really enjoyed my work as a tour guide there. I learnt a lot about butterflies, frogs, turtles and plants. And snakes as well as Gerardo knows a lot about them. There is no snakes in the Conservatory itself (or just the ones who live freely there...!) but a lot in the surroundings. I would never had imagined that butterflies life would be so complex, diverse and interesting. I was fascinated ! I didn't know anything about the frogs neither and was amazed ! So smart little creatures !

Having a big house to share with three great people coming from the States and the UK (I am from France) was amazing. I could enjoy my time in El Castillo a lot, doing night tour, bird tour, hiking in el Arenal National Park, spending time in the free hot river... Even the garden and the river at the back of the house were so nice and I enjoyed it a lot as well !

In Costa Rica you see wildlife all the time and it is so true in El Castillo and the surroundings ! In the Butterfly Conservatory itself you have very good chances to see howler monkeys, motmots, coatis (even a tamed one !) and a lot of different birds, insects and maybe snakes (there is some that you don't want to encounter !). The staff is great. People working there are passionate. If you speak spanish, ask questions to the workers there, they know a lot. But the volunteers or of course even better Glenn himself, the owner, would be more than happy to share with you their knowledge ! You will learn much more than what you expect about animals and the fascinating life cycle of the butterflies. It really makes you think on how tiny we are on this planet and how immensely smart are animals ! Enjoy your stay, it is definitely worth a visit ! And then why not visit a permaculture farm, enjoy a hike in the mountains or in the NPark, or checking the hot river ? There is plenty to do in El Castillo after the Butterfly Conservatory and people and life there is worth you staying a while ! And by the way, the view to the volcano is amazing !

I highly recommend a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory. And get ready to spend few hours there ! Don't rush, butterflies are poetic animals and poetry needs time ! 😁
Written June 1, 2021
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Teri0900
Apollo Beach, FL17 contributions
Beautiful butterflies and dedicated, informative people
May 2021 • Friends
Absolutely wonderful! There was so much to learn and a stunning array of butterflies! The owner, staff and volunteers were so knowledgeable and their enthusiasm for the work that they do is contagious.
Written May 30, 2021
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Mike L
Liberia, Costa Rica36 contributions
great find!!
May 2021
we loved our visit...the owners are passionate about their mission to educate and conserve! we had a great guide that taught us quite a bit not only about butterflies, but also medicinal plants l, spiders, etc.

make time for a few hours....you won’t be sorry.
Written May 29, 2021
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Debz C
20 contributions
Not too be missed
May 2021 • Solo
This is one place NOT to miss.
Ecoligical habitats for butterflies and frogs, a reforestation project with turtle pond, beautiful rainforest and Howlers walk...both leading to a viewpoint over the canopy, Arenal Volcano and Lake.
There is no limit to the wildlife you will encounter during your visit.
The Docent Guides are friendly, very informative and passionate about where they work.
Written May 29, 2021
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Steven M
1 contribution
Beautiful views and amazing wildlife
Mar 2021
Beautiful area. Amazing wildlife. I spent six weeks volunteering at the Butterfly Conservatory working as a nature guide. I learned a lot about the area and the wildlife. I would highly recommend a visit as you can see not only butterflies but also Howler monkeys, poisonous dart frogs and many other kinds of animals and birds.
Written April 27, 2021
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