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Butterfly Conservatory

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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149
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A must visit place if you are in the area

Great day activity! Very family friendly, they have volunteers that will explain the different... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nguyet D
Highly Recommend - Lovely place to visit in rain or shine!

The small reception area might have you thinking this is just a road side zoo, but don't be fooled... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 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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  • Average3%
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day activity! Very family friendly, they have volunteers that will explain the different kinds of butterflies and frogs. The owner has spent a lot of time creating this conservatory. A lot better than a zoo, they are helping the survival of butterflies. There are...More

1  Thank Nguyet D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The small reception area might have you thinking this is just a road side zoo, but don't be fooled. Down the hill behind the reception are several separate butterfly gardens and a frog and turtle habitat surrounded by restored rainforest. This place is absolutely beautiful,...More

Thank 1991Erica
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this establishment by chance, and are very thankful to have seen it — perhaps butterfly and frog enthusiasts would even be extremely ecstatic. It was a pity we didn’t see any Howlers, and the weather didn’t permit us to view the volcano. However,...More

1  Thank WannaBeObjective
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful gardens. Excellent habitat areas with lots of different butterflies. Lovey just to walk around and take in the sirroubdings. Very enjoyable ricer walk. Lots of wildlife to see.

Thank ciaramangan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely. We were blessed to have a delightful and very informative staff member guide us through the butterfly and amphibian houses. Some areas are steep. No accommodations for the mobility impaired.

Thank Sari G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this as one of our rainy day activities. It was a great choice. There was a guide to take us through the multiple habitats and tell us about the different species they held. There was so many butterflies, and I greatly appreciated the...More

Thank mnshort
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All around great place to visit. Beautiful grounds, butterflys, frogs and flowers. The volunteer naturalists are friendly and very informative. A few short trails are also available and well worth your time. Admission was $15 which is a real bargain.

Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 13 December 2017

We have been to the conservatory a few times, learn something new each time. The owner, Glenn, is extremely knowlegable on all aspects of raising butterflies. We have learned so much. We are trying to make a small butterfly garden at our B&B in Nuevo...More

Thank LuckyBugCostaRica
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Didn’t know what to expect. The butterfly pavilions where beautiful of course, made better by our guide Erica, who was there on a volunteer basis. Take the self guided river walk. The paths are well maintained and the forest itself is among the most lush...More

1  Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 29 November 2017

This attraction is so lovely a lot of butterflys, frogs and you could take a small trail for walking around the site. The peoples on site gave very interesting informations.

Thank luclavigueur
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Questions & Answers
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
29 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
16 May 2016|
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Response from Shyam R | Reviewed this property |
butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..