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Butterfly Conservatory

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Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 1149
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08:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30
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The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to...

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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Wonderful experience and worthy cause

It was absolutely magical to be surrounded by so many incredibly beautiful butterflies - the enormous blue morphos were especially breathtaking. Guides were very knowledgeable... read more

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was absolutely magical to be surrounded by so many incredibly beautiful butterflies - the enormous blue morphos were especially breathtaking. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and I enjoyed being able to support the preservation of biodiversity.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was located just down the road from our hostel, so we thought it would be a neat little place to check out. This is a private facility, located in a re-mediated jungle. The butterflies are located in three connected greenhouses. There are interpreters in each greenhouse (spanish speaking), who can give you information. They also have a place to... More 

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Pully, Switzerland
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Absolutely worth a visit (despite the 8km gravel road). The place is gorgeous, built with lot of love. Best were all the explanations by Scott and Andrea. In only two hours we learned so much about rainforest, butterflies and balance of nature. A must visit!

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Thank Mic57-7
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don't go to La Fortuna without stoping by the Butterfly Conservatory, it was really an amazing experience for us, I loved it. And the staff do terrific work. Thank you all for your time and kindness.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a side trip to visit the butterfly conservatory. The butterflies love people and you'll be amazed how friendly the butterflies are. Lots of photo ops too!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A highlight of our trip to the area!!! Beautiful, gentle butterflies by the thousands (millions?) Spectacular rainforest vegetation. Colorful flowers. Beautiful (albeit poisonous) frogs. Take the walk around the grounds! It's a little off the beaten path-- and worth the trip!! My friend bought a cute painting as a remembrance. LOVED this adventure!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a volunteer at the Butterfly Conservatory, I had the privilege of hanging out with Blue Morphos all day and get to know all the amazing facts about butterfly's life. I had a great time guiding our super enthusiast visitors through the gardens and telling them all the cool stories about these little creatures. Friendly staff, awesome project and best... More 

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Wonderful experience! Really neat volunteer program and a nice walk in the rain or heat of the day. Will return!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour guide with animals as well as butterflies. Kids loved it and there was a nice walk at the end to the volcano.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed a half a day observing and photographing butterflies, including one house full of Morphos. Four butterfly houses to roam. Grounds and hiking were lovely. Guides hover nearby to answer questions. Very friendly staff.

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