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“Fun Last Minute Trip”

Greentique Costa Rica Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Nature Park is part of a 25-acre private wildlife refuge and protected corridor with three primary nature exhibits, including Turtle Ponds, and several user-friendly“nature interpretive” trails located across from Si Como No Resort & Spa.The Nature Park features a unique Butterfly Atrium and Amphibian Botanical Gardens with guided “Jungle Night Walks”, plus one-of-kind Reptile Lagoons with Crocodiles,Caymans and Turtle habitats. The refuge includes a variety of Flora and Fauna, including a medicinal garden and natural habitats for three species of primates and variety of birdspecies.The primary mission of the project is to help conserve biodiversity by informing visitors ofthe importance of appreciating and in turn protecting our precious natural resources.The guided tours are in English and Spanish. Comfortable shoes & binoculars are recommended. Children under 6 are free with discounts for children 6 to 12. The six (6) tours offered are: 1) The Butterfly Botanical Gardens 2) Reptile Lagoons 3) The Butterfly Botanical Garden and Reptile lagoons 4) Combination Exhibitions and nature Walk 5) Nocturnal Jungle Walk and Tropical Aquatic Garden 6) Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge Birding Tour
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun Last Minute Trip”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The rental home we stayed in was close to Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge and we decided to check it out on our last day in Manuel Antonio before leaving for La Fortuna. We went to the butterfly garden, serpentarium, and amphibian refuge. They have tours every hour on the hour during the day. It was informative, fun and we got some excellent pictures!

Visited February 2013
Thank Mila J
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A wonderful little place, with great environmental attitude!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

This place is a small 'refuge' on the way to MA Park. We had a wonderful guide, who was very knowledgeable about the animals and butterflies we saw. The turtles, crocs and alligators are all rescue animals, taken in before most of them can be put back in the wild. The refuge is all about the environment, and their attitude was wonderful!!
The butterfly enclosure was so great! We were there in the afternoon, when there are supposedly not as many butterflies. But there were plenty, and we spent over an hour just enjoying the butterflies and the flowers in the enclosures. What a wonderful little place!!

Visited February 2013
Thank Jillkc11
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Guelph, Canada
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Interesting and good value!”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The tour was very interesting and led by a very good guide named Michael. We just wanted to burn an hour or 2 so we simply chose to tour the butterfly farm and got a bonus croc farm tour. The value was good at $15 per person for this tour which included an open ticket for a week for repeat visits. Michael explained alot and we saw butterflies at different stages of development which is one thing we would not find in a North American butterfly area. They actually ship the various butterfly Chrysalis to other butterfly farms around the world. After seeing the butterflies, and learning alot from Michael, he took us around the croc farm and saw many of the big guys along with some turtles. All in all, a good tour and a good way to spend time close by as the Refuge was in walking distance to the hotel.

Visited February 2013
Thank johnesv
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Kayuta Lake
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85 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Night walk is great”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We took the night walk and started at dusk. The walk was a little over 2 hours and odd timing for dinner. Our guide,Roy, was able to elicit frog calls. We added several new species to our list.
Our guide, Roy, recognised my grandson, Ben, 2 days later in the National Park.

Visited February 2013
Thank KathyWalt
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Go for the butterflies”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had a very knowledgeable guide take us through both the combined reptile and butterfly day tours. The combined trip was probably worth the extra cost, but the enclosed butterfly area was utterly awesome. They show you how they cultivate the eggs & pupae in their lab and then go through the butterfly enclosure - quite large and teeming with beautiful butterflies all over the place. You can hang out there afterwards, or even come back later, to just watch all the colors flitter around you.
A bit inconspicuous from the road - look for the hotel and souvenir store on the right as you had south toward Manuel Antonio. There's parking on the left and a small path going into their entrance.

Visited January 2013
Thank sd_ud
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