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“Pleasurable One Hour”

Monteverde Orchid Garden
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our garden has a large collection of orchids; we have more than 425 different species. You can find species that are endemic to Monteverde, and a collection of miniature orchids, including the smallest one in the world. We offer guided walks both in English and Spanish. We are in a great location in down town Santa Elena.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pleasurable One Hour”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I liked everything about it. Some of the native orchids need a magnifying glass to see, which I loved! If you like flowers, you'll thoroughly enjoy the 45 minute tour!

Visited March 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Educative & fun!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

A guided tour explaining lots about orchids that we didn't know, even though we have a couple dozen of them at home, all our questions competently handled... Particularly facinating to see all the tiniest examples, although we were a day too late to see the "smallest orchid in the world"!

Visited March 2013
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oxford
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124 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Bear in mind that the majority of the orchids here are of the miniature variety - magnifying glasses and a very knowledgeable guide are provided.

I'm not an orchid expert but was entertained for approx 1 hour by a person who knew about and loved orchids.

Visited February 2013
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midwest, usa
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59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Visit here before the Cloud Forest!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

You don't have to be an orchid enthusiast to enjoy a visit to this large collection of orchids. The young woman who escorted us through the gardens was extremely knowledgeable about orchids and an excellent guide. Like most fine teachers she transmitted her enthusiasm to us! There are a few flashy orchids in their greenhouse, but most of the collection is outside in a natural setting, We used the magnifying glasses they have to see some very tiny and fascinating orchids. When we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest the next day, we were very much more aware of the orchids there and because of our visit to the Orchid Gardens we found ourselves scanning the forest canopy with our binoculars for colorful orchids. We found quite a few we would not have seen otherwise.

Visited February 2013
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New hampshire
1 review
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“If you like orchids...”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I visited the orchid garden one afternoon just prior to closing. The garden is a collection of orchids attached to trees or under a greenhouse with winding cement pathways. While small, they have around 400 different types of orchids. Not all of these are in bloom at the same time however- during our trip we probably saw around 100 different flowers.
We took the guided tour which was excellent! Our guide (katelyn?) was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. The majority of the orchids which were in bloom while we were there were mini orchids- many required a hand held magnifying glass to appreciate the colors and details. I would not have enjoyed the garden nearly as much without the tour, as it is very hard to find some of the blooms when they are so small!

The garden does not take credit cards, however it was only $10 or so per person and well worth it! If you are traveling to monteverde (or anywhere in Costa Rica) you can't expect small businesses to take credit cards.

I would gladly return to the orchid garden!

Visited February 2013
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