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“Nice hidden gem!”

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
Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice hidden gem!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This is a must if you love flowers! Sllightly hidden entrance at the bottom of the hill next to a coffee shop. Great tour of some magnificent orchids. You are given a magnifying glass to actually see the microsopic orchids. They are REALLY that small. So many different types. Our guide Keilyn was patient and very in the know of all the plants. She made the tour fun. great place for couples, family, school kids, etc. Don't forget to set your flower mode on your camera. Thanks for the orchid in a jar Keilyn..!! Cheers, ~Dave & Angel. Los Angeles City

Visited April 2013
Thank David_Cowan_LA
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We had 11/2 hours until our tour bus was to pick us up to return to Tamarindo. At breakfast some fellow travellers recommended the Orchid Garden in St Elena An easy walk, we went and thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour. The guide was very knowledgable about the many many species of orchids and Costa Rican vegetation in general. I would never have imagined how tiny these flowers could be. A very well kept and beautiful garden.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Threl
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Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“If you like exotic flowers, go here”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

On arrival we were given magnifying glasses and an individual tour. Our guide taught us about the physical properties of orchids and showed us specimens varying from about 1/8" size up to the large cattleyas seen in commercial use. There was an astounding variety of sizes and colors, and these will be different each time you visit as different ones bloom. Can't see anything like this in Colorado!

Visited April 2013
Thank KathyandMarty
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Interesting for adults, not for kids”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

My wife went here while I ziplined with my kids. She found it interesting to get the guided tour but cautioned that kids probably wouldn't like it.

Visited April 2013
Thank RAW17
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East Preston, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Worth a visit, but won't fill your whole day!”
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.

Visited March 2013
Thank Elnombre_lulu
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