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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 6 days ago 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.

Thank neuropsicologia2002
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank kathryn K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Kara W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great and wonderful service, the butterflies are beautiful and have a wide variety of species, I recommend this wonderful activity, it is unique

Thank silviaparksuy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my first visit to similar facility, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tour started at the reception with short explanation and then continued in aviaries, where the butterflies live. Facility includes also one dark room with cockroaches, various frogs, iguanas and turtles.

Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed 2 September 2018

We did the self tour through the beautiful jungle like park. It took approximately 2 1/2 hours to go through the park with all kinds of hanging bridges. Don't take the short cuts or you will miss the waterfalls.

Thank Lori C
Reviewed 18 August 2018

One of the greatest places I've visited in the area around Lake Arenal. So many beautifull butterflies but also frogs to observe from a very close distance. I would definitely recommend to visit this place if you are interested in nature/biodiversity hot spots.The staff will...More

Thank StefanF1391
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Open your eyes to the insect diversity in Costa Rica by learning about different habitats, plants, butterfly species, and their interesting life cycle. At the Conservatory I have seen butterflies, frogs, bats, toucans, monkeys, and even a snake! Beautiful gardens and rainforest trail. Come and...More

Thank Carly S
Reviewed 23 July 2018

The conservatory is a great place to see all the butterflies close at hand and understand better the work going into conservation here. As well as the butterflies, the frogs were amazing to see and the short walk through the rainforest an unexpected bonus. That...More

Thank peterarmistead
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This is more than just a place to see some amazing butterflies. The entire property is an attempt to reestablish the natural flora and fauna that existed here before the cattle ranchers came. Each of the habitats represents a different forest ecosystem and contains the...More

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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
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Response from Shyam R | Reviewed this property |
butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..