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Butterfly Conservatory

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The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth, and study of the rainforest; with focus on butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, such as insects, frogs, lizards, fish, and plants of the...more
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time here. This was a beautifully maintained property that allows you to take about a 45 minute hike around, while visiting the butterfly habitat houses and the reptile/amphibian house as well (takes another 45-1 hour). You can spend...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank W4735ZIamandak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went at a great time apparently, it was around 11 and very sunny out. The butterflies were amazing. The guide said that it was rainy and cold the day before and that the butterflies aren't that impressive when the weather is gloomy. Atriums are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meghan C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A definite must visit in Arenal. Staff we're welcoming and very helpful. The 4 butterfly houses were all amazing. Frogs were great too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While walking out, the owner was curious how my experience was. First of all that is one of the first times _anyone_ in CR asked me how things were upon leaving. And I liked that. I told him that the conservatory was clearly one of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank O3596ELstevenc
Reviewed 11 December 2018

The only center of the genre of Latin America and I think also of South America. Many competent volunteers work there and are available to guide you, at no extra cost, during the visit of the Center, dispensing useful information for learning the fantastic world...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Turiang
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Very well organized and taken care off butterflies. Staff is knowledgeable. They have a lot of butterflies and frogs. The price is cheap compared with other locations.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TravelerOana
Reviewed 16 November 2018

The Butterfly Conservatory offers an intimate experience with the butterflies of Costa Rica. All of the four habitats are designed specifically for the many species of butterfly in them and the tour finishes off with a frog habitat. The tour is informative and it includes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank joslin_elizabeth
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

The owner and staff are fully dedicated to educate and share their knowledge and experience with their customers. The place is very well kept, suitable for my 82-year-old mother.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank neuropsicologia2002
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful time visiting the conservatory. The grounds are beautiful and the gardens are absolutely full to the brim with butterflies. A truly unique experience, I’ve never been to butterfly gardens with so much activity and variety. The guides are friendly and keen...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kathryn K
Reviewed 5 October 2018

The mariposario is very impressive! So many beautiful, well-maintained plants, butterflies, and other native critters. The blue morpho habitat is unbelievable in the afternoon as they are very active in the heat. If you go a little bit after 1:00, they will be releasing the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Kara W
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15 May 2017|
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Response from Glenn B | Property representative |
Taxi's are found in the Central Plaza of La Fortuna, the trip out to El Castillo costs approvimately $30. By the way, the road to El Castillo has recently been resurfaced and is in excellent condition. There is a shuttle... More
28 December 2016|
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Response from Glenn B | Property representative |
Thanks for considering the Butterfly Conservatory for a place on your agenda while in Costa Rica. We are open everyday of the year from 8am to 4pm, the entrance for adults is $15, and students $11. No reservations are... More
Renee T
15 May 2016|
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Response from Shyam R | Reviewed this property |
butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..