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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
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+506 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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One of the most unique experiences!

This place is not only about stunning butterflies - it is also a place which gives you an opportunity to see really special insects up close, and even hold them! Our guide Max was... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is not only about stunning butterflies - it is also a place which gives you an opportunity to see really special insects up close, and even hold them! Our guide Max was so professional, he knows his job so well, we learned a lot and it was so fun! I personally really wanted to hold almost any kind... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Their interns/fellows know their insects! The first part of the tour was unexpected - a very educational walk through their insectarium. Scorpions, beetles, scarabs, stick-bugs (Phasmids) and more! Each of their greenhouses with different varieties of butterflies was fascinating. I loved being given the free time to explore the property once the tour was over. A very worthwhile investment of... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a hidden gem. We had no idea what to expect when we stumbled upon this place. We were originally surprised at the price to get in but once tour guide Jo started speaking and handing us bugs, caterpillars, and jars of butterflies, we quickly realized this would definitely be worth it. Jo was excellent. The best part... More 

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olympia, washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

to guides in both languages by Roberto Saenz are the best. the butterflies the plants , the well knowledge of the species and butterflies interaction. excellent place to visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More than just a collection, the Butterfly Garden offers fascinating tours by science students from around the world. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Freddie encouraged us to handle a friendly cockroach and gave us the real story on the drunk and violent lives of butterflies. Not to be missed!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our two teenaged boys were very reluctant to visit a butterfly garden but agreed nonetheless to keep it on the agenda. We visited one evening an hour before closing time and joined the last tour of the day. I could not get my boys to leave! We arrived at 3pm....the place closes at 4pm....we left at 5.20pm!!!! Our host Jordan... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way out of Monteverde when we decide to check out the butterfly garden first thing in the morning. We had a wonderful volunteer guide Sam from the U.K. take us (2 adults and 2 kids under 10) through an exceeding interesting exhibit room (tarantulas, stick and leaf bugs, giant cockroach, hatching morphos, scorpions, and possibly live/dead... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting the nearby cloud forest reserve we spent a most interesting afternoon at the Butterfly Garden. They have three large netted compounds with a wide range of species of butterflies. We were most fortunate to have two English environmental intern guides, Jordan from Suffolk and Frankie from Cornwall to show us around. In the insect house Jordan showed us... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful! Sam, our tour guide, was terrific--funny, knowledgable, and full of great facts on bugs and butterflies. Worth the whole visit to see the blue morphos.

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British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go here because we thought my 8 year old daughter would enjoy it. My husband and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as she did! It was very informative and our guide was wonderful with my daughter. He provided perfectly age-appropriate information and we even learned a lot. We enjoyed the 3 butterfly enclosures, the... More 

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