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“Worth a visit, but won't fill your whole day!”

Monteverde Orchid Garden
Ranked #2 of 23 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
Reviewed April 1, 2013

I can't remember what the entrance fee is, only that it seemed reasonable value for money!

You get a 25-30 minute guided tour with a knowledgeable young guide, and afterwards you are free to walk around again at your leisure taking photos of everything. All in all, about an hour of relaxing in a town with frankly very little else to do.

No hard selling of souvenirs or other "tat", and recommended if you have any interest at al in the environment.

Thank Elnombre_lulu
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

I grow orchids at home in Virgina and appreciated the variety these folks have on display. Not a huge exhibit -- take your kids to the Blue Morpho afterwards for "helado" -- icecream -- to reward them for being good listeners.

Thank Splitchanka
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Fasinating little place to see all types of Orchids. We had a young lady guide us through and she was very good. Many very tiny Orchids and you often need magnifying glasss to see them. Totally different than orchids in Hawaii .

Not a flower lover my self but it was very intersting and wife loved it

Thank hrw1953
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

If you are a botanist and want to see many unusual species of orchids this would be your place. However, if you are just looking for lots of pretty flowers, this is disappointing. Most of the orchids there were so small that you would pass right by without even noticing them. This was a guided tour and the guide did provide magnifying glasses and pointed out where the tiny orchids were. However, even under magnification the orchids were not very impressive. The only orchid we recognized was one phalaenopsis but the guide dismissed this flower as a “hybrid” not a pure species.

2  Thank mark-s139a
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Spent about an hour or so going through this garden and found it fascinating. The young woman who guided us knew lots of interesting facts about orchids and they have an impressive number and variety of types. Some required magnifying glass (provided) to see. Enjoyed it more than we expected,

Thank radean
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