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“A revelation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monteverde Orchid Garden

Monteverde Orchid Garden
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A revelation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

This garden contains hundreds of orchid species, from mighty to miniature, that flourish uniquely in the Cloud Forest. It is a wonderland of colors, forms, and textures, cared for by a skilled and loving family that model what it means to care for creation.

The way the flowers are displayed - growing in their natural settings, seen with natural light - allows close encounters and informed descriptions. There is no wall between you and the flowers; visitors are trusted to get as close with eyes or the camera as possible. The result is breathtaking.

The entry fee is a paltry $20, and is worth much more.

Visited October 2013
Thank Pete S
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Upstate New York
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unusual and lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Alvaro Salazar has spent 20 years tendinf this unusual garden with 450 varieties of orchids all native to Costa Rica, of which at least 150 are in bloom at any time. Some look like bugs, some are nearly nano-scale, but they are interesting, and the pet parrots add a little to yoir enjoyment.

Visited October 2013
Thank Joel B
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Roanoke, Virginia
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Orchids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

What you will see depends on seasonal blooming but there are many beautiful orchids on your stroll through this garden.Your guide will assist you find many hidden varieties.

Visited September 2013
Thank BayardHarris
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience for our 11 yr-old”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our daughter is not inclined to enjoy anything outside the Disney Magic Kingdom, but she came back from a tour of the Orchid Garden with nothing but enthusiasm, knowledge, and an appreciation for the variety and mysterious appeal of orchids.

Well done!

Visited June 2013
Thank PeterR9693
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Livonia, Michigan
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We happened upon this garden on our last day in Santa Elena. Orchids are my favorite flower, and the price was reasonable, so we decided to go for it! It was awesome! We had a great guide who provided us with magnifying glasses, pointed out the world's smallest orchids, the orchids that had a tiny little "sloth face" inside it, and my favorite, the ones that smelled like honey! After the tour, we were allowed to stay as long as we wanted to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. We even happened upon a parakeet sitting in a tree on our way out!

Visited August 2013
Thank kikidixie
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