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Butterfly Conservatory

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Open today: 08:00 - 16:00
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Great opportunity to learn and experience butterflies up close

Open your eyes to the insect diversity in Costa Rica by learning about different habitats, plants... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carly S
Undersells itself and exceeds expectation

The conservatory is a great place to see all the butterflies close at hand and understand better... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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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...more
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1149
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Open your eyes to the insect diversity in Costa Rica by learning about different habitats, plants, butterfly species, and their interesting life cycle. At the Conservatory I have seen butterflies, frogs, bats, toucans, monkeys, and even a snake! Beautiful gardens and rainforest trail. Come and...More

Thank Carly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The conservatory is a great place to see all the butterflies close at hand and understand better the work going into conservation here. As well as the butterflies, the frogs were amazing to see and the short walk through the rainforest an unexpected bonus. That...More

Thank peterarmistead
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is more than just a place to see some amazing butterflies. The entire property is an attempt to reestablish the natural flora and fauna that existed here before the cattle ranchers came. Each of the habitats represents a different forest ecosystem and contains the...More

Thank TnA G
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I'm not obsessed with butterflies, but this place is worth the drive. Not only does it have tons of butterflies of all colors and sizes and a guided tour of their habitats, but the grounds are gorgeous and it has a frog conservatory where you...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Visited the Butterfly Conservatory in late May. Located a short walk from the center of El Castillo, we spent close to 3 hours walking though this amazing facility. Our tour guide for the first hour was the most beautiful Golden Retriever. Later, the owner was...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Extensive collection of butterflies and frogs. Walking through the butterfly habitat with all manner of species flying around you is a very cool experience. The river walk trail is nice and well maintained, with steps for the climbs. $15, cash only, is maybe a little...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We spoke with the owner of the conservatory. He is the leading expert in butterfly's in the America's and has a great place out in Costa Rica. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

We had the most incredible day here. Lovely place, learned so much and very impressed with the work they are doing. Would go back every time.

Thank amy p
Reviewed 18 June 2018 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
Reviewed 13 June 2018

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

Thank shawnharris47
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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
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
Renee T
15 May 2016|
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butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..