Zoo in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Butterfly Garden

Head here for everything you ever wanted to know about butterflies, with four gardens representing different habitats and home to more than 40 species. Up-close observation cases allow you to witness the butterflies…
Zoo in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Theme Park

Formerly known as the Ranario, or Frog Pond, this place has added an insect house, a butterfly garden and canopy tour – hence, it’s now a theme park. The frogs are still the highlight: about 25 species reside in tra…
Zoo in Monteverde & Santa Elena


A guide will show you around and introduce you to some 40 species of slithery snakes, plus a fair number of frogs, lizards, turtles and other cold-blooded critters. Your ticket entitles you to a return visit after d…
Zoo in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Bat Jungle

The so-called Bat Jungle in Monteverde is a small but informative exhibit, with good bilingual educational displays and a free-flying bat habitat housing almost 100 bats. Make a reservation for your 45-minute tour t…
Gardens in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Jardín de Orquídeas

This sweet-smelling garden in Santa Elena has shady trails winding past more than 400 types of orchid organized into taxonomic groups. On your guided tour, you’ll see such rarities as Platystele jungermannioides, th…
Cultural Centre in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Friends School

Here’s a great way for children to learn about and interact with the local culture: spend some time at the schoolhouse. With advance reservation, visitors can sit in on morning assembly and tour the grounds. Kids ar…
Church in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Friends Meeting House

This simple meeting house in Monteverde is the ‘church’ of the American Society of Friends, or the Quakers, who first settled this area and committed to protect a portion of the cloud forest.
Church in Monteverde & Santa Elena


A local landmark in the center of Santa Elena.
Nature Reserve in Monteverde & Santa Elena

San Luis Ecolodge & Research Station

Formerly a tropical biology research station, this drop-dead-gorgeous facility is Monteverde’s best-kept secret. Administered by the University of Georgia, it integrates academia with high-quality ecotourism and edu…