We are open 365 days per year (even Christmas!) from 8:30am-4:00pm.
All prices are in USD, but we also accept Colones. At this time we only accept cash.
|Child under 3||free|
|Costa Rican National||$8|
Our tours are approximately an hour in length, and include the following:
- An introduction to Costa Rica's buglife, and an orientation to the Gardens
- An up-close experience with a variety of insects and arachnids
- A look at our rearing chamber, where caterpillars are becoming butterflies
- A stroll through our 4 unique gardens, full of spectacular butterflies
- A stop at our active leafcutter ant colony, and a sneaky look inside
- A wrap-up in our well-appointed gift shop
The most valuable part of every admission to the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens is a tour with one of our dedicated and passionate guides. Available in English or Spanish our tours will take you through each section of the insectarium and gardens. With our guide at your side, you will see and learn far more than you ever would by yourself. Our guides love bugs, and they are excited to share their passion with you!
Our guide will provide lots of interesting information as the tour progresses, and you are always welcome to ask as many questions as you'd like. Once the tour is over, you are welcome to continue exploring on your own for as long as you'd like (until we close!)
Finding the Gardens
We are located in Cerro Plano, a 20 minute walk or short cab ride from downtown Santa Elena. The map below shows the location of The Gardens and some nearby landmarks, and directions for getting here are below. To view a larger map, click here: Monteverde Butterfly Gardens.
To get a taxi, simply go to the taxi bank in town and ask for the Butterfly Gardens. "El Mariposario por favor" will get you to the right place. The drivers in Monteverde are generally fair and consistent with their pricing.
The walk from Santa Elena is short but straight up the mountain, so daunting if you have luggage! Walk out of town on road 620 (there is no road sign, so study the map!) towards the Monteverde Preserve. Trek up the hill past the Serpentario and carry on until you reach a school on your right. Take the gravel road on your right just before the school. Walk until you see a sign for the Butterfly Gardens, then follow that!