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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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The El Castillo Butterfly Conservancy is an interesting, beautiful place to visit. Glen, the owner is exceptionally knowadgable and gives an in depth understanding of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The El Castillo Butterfly Conservancy is an interesting, beautiful place to visit. Glen, the owner is exceptionally knowadgable and gives an in depth understanding of the butterfly's (and frogs) at the conservatory. The grounds were interesting with a nice hike through rain forest where we saw howler monkeys. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cost $15 per person, it was with it. Spent 1-2 hours exploring and seeing butterflies, insects, lizards, frogs and even got lucky and saw a sloth! Everyone was kind and answered questions. Felt like we had the place to ourselves.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it's only a few miles from the Arenal volcano and national park, El Castillo is a bit off the beaten path, and the butterfly conservatory is still further off the path. Signs show the way. It's well worth a visit, especially in the morning before most visitors arrive. A great place to see tropical butterflies, tree frogs, and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this attraction very much. There is a loosely guided tour through several pavilions, 2 of butterflies and one of frogs. The tour and explanations are done by volunteers who have come from all over the world. The entire project is very worthwhile and impressive. The butterflies are beautiful. After the pavilions, there is the possibility to take an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You just have to visit this incredible place to understand how amazing it truly is. The staff are so well informed and the butterflies were magical. Well worth the money. Would highly recommend!!!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is an admirable undertaking by a man who cares about preserving nature. He purchased this former pastureland and has allowed it to revert to rain forest. Here, he raises butterflies and all their food in four different habitat houses. He also has an interesting collection of frogs and turtles. Volunteers guide you through each habitat and explain about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the sign for the conservatory coming from sky trek ziplining, thought we'd check it out. You pretty much need a 4X4 to get there, road is gravel and a few KM away from the main road. Conservatory is located near the top of arenal, there are 3 or 4 different butterfly pavilions. You can get some amazing shots... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here and the volunteers were very knowledge about the various butterfly species. Also some frogs. The butterflies are released periodically. Worth going to see the blue morpho (Costa Rica's natural butterfly), and many others. Allow plenty of time; it is a very long dirt road. It looks as though they have started paving the road,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See butterflies being bred and nurtured until release. A noble eco-project that is fun and deserving of patronage. Standing in a swarm of blue butterflies is a experience I won't soon forget. Caution on directions - signage is poor. E.g., a billboard at a "T" intersection omits arrows so you don't know which way to turn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up here when the rain started and we weren't feeling the hot springs in the cold rain. It was fun! $15 per person for entry. We went early and basically had a private tour of their facilities. It's volunteer staffed and they were all very nice. We did the shorter of the two trails due to time, but... More 

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