El Jardín de las Mariposas
Sendero Valle Escondido
This trail begins behind Pensión Monteverde Inn and slowly winds its way through a deep canyon into an 11-hectare reserve. In comparison...
Offering hikes of varying lengths, Santuario Ecológico has four loop trails (the longest takes about 2½ hours at a slow pace) through...
Centro Panamericano de Idiomas
Specializes in Spanish-language education, with some courses geared toward teenagers, medical professionals and social workers.
Restaurante De Lucía
On the same road as El Jardín de las Mariposas, this Chilean-owned place is Monteverde’s most famous restaurant. Chef José Belmar, who...
El Jardín de las Mariposas information
One of the most interesting activities is visiting the butterfly garden. Admission entitles you to a naturalist-led tour (in Spanish or English) that begins with an enlightening discussion of butterfly life cycles and the butterfly’s importance in nature. A variety of eggs, caterpillars, pupae and adults are examined. Visitors are taken into the greenhouses, where the butterflies are raised, and on into the screened garden, where hundreds of butterflies of many species are seen. The tour lasts about an hour.