Butterfly Conservatory, El Castillo

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 liked this place a lot! It consists of a series of net shelters with different varieties of butterflies. The guide was really knowledgeable, and clearly eager to share his knowledge.  more »
  • This was a great place to learn more about the butterflies in Costa Rica and to see all that is being done with "butterfly ranching".  more »
  • Great! We recommend this little gem a bit out from La Fortuna. Worth it:) very helpful staff and, in addition to many butterflies, you can admire frogs and turtles. At each stage, the staff with a brief explanation of what you are about to see. After the tour, we took a walk alone in the forest (always part of downtown) and we were lucky enough to see several birds and a howler monkey. Please arrive at the Mariposario by public bus from La Fortuna – get on site and will indicate how/where. The taxi costs about $30 per trip (so 60 to return), while the bus drops you right in front of the mariposario is $4 each way.
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  • We went immediately following the eco zoo as they are almost next door. The butterfly enclosures are really beautiful; the depict fields, mountains and valley habitat. The trails are nice as well. You cant see the facility from the front as its down from the main building.
  • Not just a butterfly garden. Very educational from egg to larva to cocoon. See birth of a butterfly. Help repopulate CR.Expert staff. It is a must do!
  • One of the most amazing places I've ever seen, so many butterflies! thousands and thousands of butterflies flying around you making it so magical, they have so many its so beautiful! The staff is super nice and the have a lot of knowledge about all the butterflies and all the other animals and plants that they have there. Very beautiful!
  • The butterflies we're incredible. Have never experienced anything like it. Highly recommend!!
  • Quite a bumpy road to get here but worth a visit if you're in the area. Lots to see and friendly informative staff. They don't accept credit card, only cash.
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