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Butterfly Conservatory

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Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2479 1149
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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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AMAZING nature place to visit and enjoy!

While staying at an AirBnb in El Castillo, we visited the Butterfly Conservatory. What a GREAT location... simply beautiful. They have done a wonderful job showing the various... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sahuarita, Arizona

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While staying at an AirBnb in El Castillo, we visited the Butterfly Conservatory. What a GREAT location... simply beautiful. They have done a wonderful job showing the various butterflies and how they evolve. The grounds are interesting to explore. It helps to have a docent available to answer questions. My wife bought several pairs of gorgeous "butterfly earrings" which are... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very good experience this past July! The people who work there were very attentive explaining the wonders of this place. The number and different types of butterflies we got to see were much more than what we expected to see.

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Thank Jacqueline S
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was nice being surrounded by butterflies and huge trees. Saw the primary rainforest the first time. Very impressive and beautiful place to stroll through. And very nice staff aswell! :) Thanks for having us!

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Thank joannat1998
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is pretty big and has many different ecosystems with different species of butterflies, they have guides that are willing to tell you all they know about the wildlife, there is also a place with lots of different frogs and at the end you can choose to take the hike through the rainforest which I totally recommend.

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Thank Manfred T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to hit the conservatory to kill sometime before an excursion. This tour was so worth it. They have a museum in the lobby where you can see all types of insect breeds. They also have cocoons hung up which they collect butterflies from every day. Selena was so helpful and showed us eggs, caterpillars and fresh butterflies. You... More 

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Thank Christian C
Swift Current, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We wanted a nice little morning experience and found it at the Butterfly Conservatory. Caring owners and staff have created a beautiful sanctuary to enjoy butterflies and frogs with a walk through the rainforest. They have butterflies on display at all stages of life and got up close and personal to species we didn't know even existed. Well done! By... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit if you aren't a fan of zoos and cages. Great mission. Lovely guides. Beautiful spot. Saw a howler monkey (wild!) not 20 feet away. Great value. Go support them!

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Osgood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

My family enjoyed the butterfly conservatory and the other exhibits. The frog house and the hike through the forest were very interesting.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My family and I enjoyed Glenn's (the founder) hospitality and the guided tour that Conservatory volunteers gave us around it. We were there during low season and there were several other families touring the Conservatory, which is is a perfect place to visit. While the road is a little rocky it is totally 'ok' (we rented BeGo, but local have... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

$15 per person and includes a guided tour 3 different butterfly habitats as well as a frog and turtle habitat. Then you can continue on your own on a short trail across a stream and through a nice gazebo with a great view of the volcano if it is clear. The trail has some intersecting trails that are not marked... More 

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