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“Didn't feel it was worth the price”

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden
Ranked #39 of 123 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: 30 Species Of Butterflies Flutter Around This Magical Garden.
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The people are nice. I got more of out the zoo for half the amount. The garden is under a net in the back of he house very small. They charge extra for to take pictures. Not realizing how hard it is to capture flying butterflies. It was easier to take pictures of the dead ones on the ground. I was a bit turned off from the whole experience

10  Thank Rafiki_11
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden is located in the Barrio Tournon of San Jose. My boyfriend and I were able to find it using Nokia maps and went a pied, saving ourselves a cab ride. The garden itself is right in the hustle and bustle of city life, a little green oasis right in Chepe. It has a sort of shabby chic feel with overgrowing plants and trees wrapping themselves around the worn down little house that makes up Spirogyra. Fees were reasonable, if a bit high for such a small place, at about $7 for foreigners and $4 for residents/citizens. I did notice a list of fees ranging from $1 to $5 for use of cameras but the staff said nothing of it so I keep my mouth shut. My boyfriend and I were greeted, given a field guide of butterflies and their host plants and sent on our meery way in the garden. Upon entering, you see many plants labeled with numbers that coincide with information on your field guide. I'm not much of a botanist and the fluttering of butterflies was too alluring so I quickly abandoned that part of the guide. My boyfriend and I spent our time admiring the mariposas, attempting to identify them on the guide and checking out some butterfly friends' like dragon flies and turtles. The flora and fauna were quite enchanting, giving the butterflies places to hide and flit while making their way around the garden. I found myself a bit disappointed there wasn't more information on the butterflies themselves. I would have liked to see some information on the varieties and their representation in Costa Rica. I felt like I'd been let loose in a friend's garden to explore without any real guide. Behind the garden are a few trails into the woods which back up to the zoo but don't really lead to anywhere. Despite the lack of information and small surroundings, I enjoyed my experience at Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. Any place that gives you a chance to escape San Jose smog and reconnect with nature is to be celebrated. I would love to see the garden offer an audio guide and some interactive displays to illustrate just what a lovely collection of butterflies Costa Rica has!

4  Thank MaryClark R
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Do you enjoy butterflies? If so, you will enjoy visiting this or other small butterfly gardens in Costa Rica. I(f you are not into butterflies, you may find it a boring experience since that's what it is all about!) If you go, the blue morpho butterfly is particularly gorgeous, and you will see a variety of others as well. Bring your camera! If you have kids, this is a good place to stop for a short visit. It can be so fun if a butterfly lands on one of them!

4  Thank DCLizzy
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you like nature, if you like butterflies, different colors and sizes, you will like this place. And the fee to go in is okay.

4  Thank andre r
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

unless you are studying the process of the butterfly this was a very boring tour. Saw the same thing for each species. I was expecting to be able to enjoy the butterfly but instead stopped at every plant to see the eggs and talked about host plants even recieved a story that sounded like a story to be told to a class of 1st graders my husband and I are 53 actually looking that part was so bad it was funny we still laugh and retell the story bottom line very expensive tour going through gecko tours. If you must see take a cab

4  Thank dlhdh
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