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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
elaine m
Ayr, United Kingdom
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank elaine m
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank mouseangel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank Morgan M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable visit, our guide Mat seemed passionate and was very knowledgeable. The tour starts with the insects and spiders' room. There you can observe many species from the region and the guide even let us hold and touch the insects, which was awesome. We even released 2 butterflies fresh out of their chrysalis. Then you get to visit 4... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous butterfly garden with an unbelievably talented staff of volunteers with a wide knowledge of the local insect population. Not only can you see butterflies here, you can see walking sticks, Hercules beetle, tarantulas, scorpions and more.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is wonderful. The guy takes you for a tour and shows you some really cool bugs before getting to the butterflies. Bugs like a tarantula, rhino beetles and Goliath beetles and more. There were a few newly hatched butterflies and we let them free in the butterfly house, so cool. There are several houses, each with different types... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a real opportunity to see a vast array of butterflies and to learn about them, we had a great tour guide who was very informative and we took away a lot of knowledge about butterflies and their lifecycle. Got some fantastic pictures and well worth a vist.

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