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Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas)

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Address: Near Pension Monteverde Inn | On road to Monteverde, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2645-5512

The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels...

The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels of insects and arachnids for over 20 years. Our mission has always been to change the way people view these small but fantastically diverse animals. It is not hard either- with 4 different butterfly habitats housing up to 30 species of butterfly, a leaf cutter ant colony and over 20 species of live Costa Rican insects and arachnids in our nature centre we have something that will melt the heart of even the most devout bug crusher! A dedicated and passionate group of staff and volunteers will guide you on a tour through our 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! Birders will not be disappointed with wrens galore and common visits from Keel Billed toucan, blue crowned motmot and the occasional appearance of the famed bell bird. We are open 365 days a year, so drop by whenever you can!

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Four Chicas Locas

This little place exceeded EVERY expectation!! We stopped in because we had time to kill before our transportation arrived. It was walking distance from our hotel just off the... read more

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Milwaukee, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This little place exceeded EVERY expectation!! We stopped in because we had time to kill before our transportation arrived. It was walking distance from our hotel just off the main road. The owners checked us in and our tour was done by a biology graduate student visiting for the summer. There first were some amazing insect introductions and play time!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great visit a this place! We learned a lot of New things about butterflies, but also about insects and spiders. The guide was perfect and really knows its subject!!!

Thank Josyane L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great stop to see a variety of beautiful butterflies and insects. If you like photography or just want to catch that morpho with open wings, this is the place to stop. We really enjoyed it!

Thank mother4me
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see when in the area especially with kids. The guides are super fun and let us hold a bunch of bugs like walking sticks, millipedes, Hercules beetles, etc. We got there close to closing but they stayed open longer for us and made sure we had a great experience and didn't rush us at all. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Was pleasantly surprised at how many different species of Butterflies that were here and there was also a section on small insects and spiders. We were shown around by two very knowledgeable members of staff who were very passionate about their working environment. Also got to release some butterflies and their life cycle was explained in great detail. Not far... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

To start off, I am an entomologist and had high expectations for this place, and it more than lived up to it. Our guide, David, did an exceptional job of explaining the set up and insect facts for the other participants on the tour (who knew little of insects) as well as answering my barrage of questions. The tour takes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This was a nice place to get to see a large variety of butterflies and other insects. The people working there give you lots of information and take care of their creatures including keeping the wild things wild. We went to many butterfly gardens in Costa Ricca and this one had the best variety of species and ability to take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This was quite the experience. It was very inexpensive and the owner, David, took us through each of the 4 butterfly gardens. He was very professional, knowledgable and charismatic! He took the time to answer all of our questions and we were even able to release just hatched butterflies into one of the gardens. It was very educational and quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

The tour started with a lesson and demonstration of insects. The guide showed us scorpions, tarantulas, beetles, roaches (ick), walking sticks, and a few others. He was so excited about his subject matter, and it showed. We learned a lot. Then we started the butterfly tour, which comprised of four separate butterfly gardens. We were the guide's first tour, and... More 

Thank Karen H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Far from being a 'corporate' attraction, this is a small and very loved little business run by people that really care and know what they are doing. Our guide was Roberto who was a fountain of knowledge. There are also some great beetles, spiders and scorpions in a separate area.

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