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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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Great for kids & adults alike!

See all kinds of butterflies in big net covered rooms full of natural flowers and vegetation... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

We took our 2 daughters here and were no disappointed. The drive out there took us over some... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rachel G
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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
+506 2479 1149

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See all kinds of butterflies in big net covered rooms full of natural flowers and vegetation. Relatively inexpensive and a good learning experience.

Thank sandsspencer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 who gave us a vast amount of info on...More

Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 experience of nature that you see within Costa Rica, set aside...More

Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 20 September 2017

A most enchanting place! Sitting in the conservatory watching the butterflies flying all around us felt like heaven. Very knowledgeable volunteers made the experience most interesting and pointed out things we would have missed (mating butterflies; beautiful frog eggs on the leaves, “drunk” butterflies). We...More

1  Thank Naama M
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Not a farm, very odd site in you are WWOOFing. Learn lots about butterflies from food, mating to life cycles The work you do is very consistent- Boys: tour guides, maintenance, grounds keepers Girls: reception, tour guide, minimal physical labor(watering plants, filling bags with dirt)...More

1  Thank Conner P
Reviewed 16 September 2017

I was a volunteer at the Conservatory for 7 weeks and I really enjoyed it a lot. Before starting work, I didn't know much about butterflies, frogs or the different relationships animals have with their environment. Now, I have a great scope of knowledge! The...More

1  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Excellent learning experience and beautiful butterflies and plant life. Highly recommend visiting this spot. Plan for about an hour and do the entire jungle walk.

Thank laurenaholland
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Plan to learn quite a bit about butterflies as soon as you step into the tiny welcome center. The woman there (I regret not getting her name) was warm and very informative as she showed us about 30 different species of live butterfly cocoons, several...More

Thank hotpants29
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Great place for anyone that has even the slightest interest in seeing Costa Rica's vast array of butterfly species. You will feel like you are in a dream with the butterflies floating all around you. There are also trails and you can walk through the...More

Thank neziheatun
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Such a zen & beautiful place to visit. The volunteers here really gave us valuable knowledge & we took the time to sit & enjoy all the butterflies in each habitat. The gazebo at the top of the hill after the river hike had a...More

Thank winnylhama
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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
16 May 2016|
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Response from Shyam R | Reviewed this property |
butterflyconservatory org Have a fun and wonderful experience..