We visited Fincas Naturales after a morning of other activities. We thought it would be a unique experience for our kids (ages 10 and 6), and that it would be fun for them to see the butterflies up close. While the people running it were very nice (as everyone in Costa Rica seems to be!), we were left waiting for the guide for nearly 20 minutes, then had to walk back to office to have someone track him down. (It turned out that he was with a different family.)
The garden itself is beautiful an well sustained with many beautiful butterflies. There is a "lab" where there are many different stages of the insects developing. and our guide allowed the kids to hold caterpillars and touch the different larvae and pupae.
Next we toured through the crocodile exhibit. There we found different turtles, crocodiles, and caymen. Our guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable about the different species and answered many questions.
Here's the drawback. While the location is beautiful, well kept, and informative, it doesn't really stand out from any other butterfly garden or zoo exhibit we've seen anywhere else. The kids were rather bored by it, too. There are many things to do in Manuel Antonio, and I don't think this experience is one that's very unique.
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