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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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Fantastic

A little off the beaten track, but well worth the effort. Amazing habitats with incredible... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Itss S
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Beautiful

Beautiful butterflies, of all colors and sizes, the place has a very nice staff and you learn a lot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shawnharris47
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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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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 1149
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A little off the beaten track, but well worth the effort. Amazing habitats with incredible diversity. Staff are really helpful and friendly.

Thank Itss S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful butterflies, of all colors and sizes, the place has a very nice staff and you learn a lot from the animals.

Thank shawnharris47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What do you do in Arenal when it's pouring down rain? Without any prior research or info, we randomly took the turn to the Butterfly Conservatory, and what an amazingly beautiful surprise it was! I have been to several butterfly farms in Costa Rica and...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

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.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

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".

Thank Susan J
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

On our last day in El Castillo, we stopped at the Butterfly Conservancy and were so glad we did. The volunteer tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and took us through each area slowly, giving us ample time to watch and photograph the butterflies, frogs, and...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We actually visited two other Butterfly parks after this, and nothing compared. The way this is set up, you feel like you entered their home. Immediately the fly around you, and if you stand still (and have earthy colors on), they will land right on...More

Thank Looking4Food
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A friend told us not to miss this tour and she was correct. The 4 butterfly rooms were amazing. In the blue morpho room you are surrounded by dozens of active butterflies. We have never seen so many beautiful butterflies in one place. We learned...More

Thank The_5_Qs
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Beautiful tour and guide to tell you many interesting facts of the butterflies and area. Close to Lost iguana Resort and views of very volcano area.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

A visit to the butterfly conservatory is an absolutely satisfying experience. Glenn‘s and his volunteers’ passion and enthusiasm for reforestation and the breeding of endemic butterflies and frogs can be addicting. Our visit to the conservatory filled us with joy and the desire to support...More

Thank Alfred S
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MARGOT W
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
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AnaIPM
28 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
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Renee T
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