Butterfly Conservatory, El Castillo

4.6
#7 of 27 in Wildlife in Arenal Volcano National Park
Take a tour of Butterfly Conservatory, a picturesque garden center with butterfly habitats. Admire the vibrant butterflies spread across four domed habitats, divided according to the geographic locations they represent. A friendly guide will give plenty of information about each species, and then take you to the frog habitat, medicinal herb garden, and the small insect museum. After the tour, extend your visit with a relaxing walk on the garden trails, full of lush trees, colorful birds, and howler monkeys. To visit Butterfly Conservatory and get the most from your holiday in El Castillo, create itinerary details personal to you using our El Castillo itinerary planning website .
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  • We took our 2 daughters here and were no disappointed. The drive out there took us over some incredibly bumpy roads but it was absolutely worth it. There was a lovely gentleman in the reception office...  more »
  • Speaking as a WWOOFer and volunteer on the Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, I can say that this is one place that you will not soon forget. The conservatory offered an authentic and true experie...  more »
  • The Butterfly Conservatory is a must-see! A unique opportunity to learn about botany and biology, butterflies, frogs, reptiles and plants from the hands of a super friendly and well informed staff that you will be guiding in several areas and explain features and curiosities of the animal and plant tropical. Get into a greenhouse and see how you fly over a host of butterflies of all colors is priceless. A super visit advisable for all audiences. Guides adapted information to its listeners so it's also perfect for families with children.
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  • Totally worth the $15. The experience of being in the different butterfly houses is remarkable. Seems like out of a fantasy world to be in a small space with so many beautiful butterflies. The guides are passionate and super helpful. The parking lot has an amazing view of Arenal volcano. The insect museum has several different types of butterflies in cocoons?? And if you're lucky you'll be able to see a butterfly hatch! Definitely a must in Costa Rica
  • This is a wonderful treat for your eyes.We were able to capture a lot of nice images for our documentary. Make sure you bring a macro lens and lots of patience to shoot the butterflies once they move very very fast from one place to another. A must go once in Arenal !
  • Nice place about 40 minutes from la fortuna. If you go to arenal national park or observatory this is a great side stop. Cash only. 15 for adults. 12 for kids. Owner is nice and informative. 4 butterfly habitats are amazing. Pond is not so great but has some scary looking turtles in it. Take the long walk at the end, very primitive and many beautful plants, trees, and flowers to see.
  • A beautiful place to discover amazing butterflies, frogs. People are very friendly and give a lot of informations. You should definitively go there.
  • Awesome place to visit, staff was absolutely fantastic, provided a ridiculous amount of knowledge and info, watched butterflies hatch, and observed new species!

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