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Butterfly Conservatory

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Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 1149
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08:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30
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The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to...

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 Arenal region of Costa Rica.

The project has now grown to contain the largest exhibition of butterflies in Costa Rica, and is a learning center for understanding the butterfly life-cycle and incredible metamorphosis experience.

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Great place for a few hours in nature

Plan for about two hours. Little museum at the front is not overly impressive, but what you come to see are LIVING butterflies. There are four large "hoop houses" with different... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Columbia, Missouri

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plan for about two hours. Little museum at the front is not overly impressive, but what you come to see are LIVING butterflies. There are four large "hoop houses" with different kinds of butterflies and great attention is paid to the gardening inside each hoop house. There is also a section for frogs and turtles. And a nice walk outdoors... More 

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Cocolalla, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff and volunteer guides are great. What is the best is that the land has been restored and it incourages other species to thrive. Enjoyed the closeness and beauty.

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, nice hiking inside. great views of the Butterfly's both open and closed views. people were very knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions.

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Fortuna, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stepping into the butterfly conservatory was like entering another dimension, tainted with fairy wings and lots of magic! So much care and passion obviously put into the place and the volunteers were so precious in sharing their knowledge. As much the butterfly and frog houses themselves, as the primary rain forest around it are some well guarded heaven that anyone,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to walk to the Butterfly Conservatory from our inn. It was a real gem to visit. The owner gave us an overview of the conservancy and the life cycle of butterflies. The grounds are incredibly well maintained and beautiful. A guide instructed us and answered our questions at each of the butterfly habitats. How cool it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a week-and-a-half in La Fortuna last fall. The Butterfly Observatory was one of the best places we went. I had been to other indoor butterfly habitats in the US, but the butterflies rarely landed on anyone. At the Butterfly Conseravatory in El Castillo, we got so many butterflies to walk on our hands, land on shoulders and legs.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I volunteered here for 3 months and have nothing negative to say about it. It is owned by wonderful people, has helped to regenerate the rainforest, and it is an activity that any age group will enjoy! You take a short walk to get to the first butterfly garden where you will go through 4 different gardens all filled with... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The overall idea of the project is amazing and you can see and feel that passionate people built this place. You will learn about how this place was 14 years ago and how the owner brilliantly changed it into an educational oasis of peace. The whole tour itself is about an hour to an hour and a half and it's... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great activity for any age group. Butterflies are more active on sunny days but it is still a great activity to do if it is rainy because the butterfly gardens are covered. It has 4 beautiful gardens full of different types of butterflies followed by a frog and turtle exhibit and a beautiful hike. I was lucky enough to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can have a good hike there. We saw beautiful butterflies which were friendly and would sit on you :) oh, frogs were fun too :)

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