Starting at $25 per night


If you’ve always loved Lepidoptera, this 2 hour guided tour is for you. With one of the largest live exhibits in Costa Rica, this hike through a 29,000 square foot butterfly garden will surround you with colorful butterflies. Your knowledgeable naturalist guide will introduce you to many species and give you ample opportunities for taking photographs.

Ten percent of the world’s population of butterflies is found in Costa Rica, around 1,250 species. Preferring temperate climates, these amazing insects thrive in the rain forest environment where they can mate, lay eggs and successfully continue their life cycle. Several hundred species reside in this park.

The average life span of a butterfly is one month but there are some whose four stages of initial development: egg, caterpillar, pupa then adult, take nine months before ever taking flight. Larger ones typically live longer. The Costa Rican Blue Morpho butterfly with its 8 inch wingspan is an especially beautiful specimen and easy to see with its bright blue iridescent wings.

Since butterflies sip nectar from flowers the gardens are ablaze with tropical blooms to provide food for their diet. They also will siphon the juice from pieces of fruit that is found everywhere in abundance. Find out all about the various colorful species of Costa Rican butterflies as you enter the magical world of their natural habitat.

Round trip transportation is included from your lodging in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Be sure to bring a camera and wear comfortable shoes.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes

Location and Availability

The Butterfly Garden is available from Monteverde

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

All Ages


Latitude: N 10°20'32.3". Longitude: W 85°12'4.71"


  • Overall 92.5% (5 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 90.0%
  • Expectations: 86.0%
  • Guides: 98.0%
  • Logistics: 96.0%
  • Value: 90.0%


A fairly mixed review but purely because it wasn't what we expected. I had intended that we visit the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens near the centre of Santa Elena but this tour was to the butterfly exhibit at Selvatura Park and due to other private arrangements we did not have time for the long transfer. The Selvatura Park staff however could not have been more helpful. They arranged a short tour of the garden for us and a private transfer back to our hotel. I suggest that details of the location of the tour are added to the description on the website to make sure that other people don't repeat our mistake.


Educational and fun!