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The Butterfly Garden in Costa Rica

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Sign for Rainforest Adventures, adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa RicaSign for Rainforest Adventures, adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica (Staff Photo)

During our recent trip in 2019 to Costa Rica, we had the opportunity to visit Rainforest Adventures, located on a private preserve adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Rainforest Adventures park covers 1,200-acres and offers private ecology tours on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica. It shares a 10 kilometer border with Braulio Carrillo National Park, and serves as a buffer zone between the park and local farmland.

The facility includes a 70-minute aerial tram ride through the lush rainforest, a butterfly garden, orchid gardens, hiking trails, zip lines, bird watching tours and more adventures.

The staff were all friendly and knowledgable, and enthusiastic!

The gondolas on the aerial tram move at a slow, even pace, sometimes high above the rain forest, other times near the forest floor. Six visitors can be accommodated in each gondola, along with a naturalist guide. We also toured the 200 sq meter Butterfly Garden, where our guide pointed out various butterflies in the enclosure, and explained their life cycle.

An excellent, fresh meal was provided as part of our tour. A well done gift shop is available, as are public restrooms.

Included below are a few photo highlights of our recent tour. We highly recommend a visit to Rainforest Adventures when in Costa Rica. 

It is located on Route 32, next to Braulio Carrillo National park, 5 kms after the Rio Sucio Bridge. The location is about 50 minutes from San José, and 2 hours from Limon.

For more information visit the website of the Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica and Rainforest Adventures on Facebook or phone 506 2224-5961.

Sign about the Rainforest Adventures exhibition and its care of animals (Staff Photo)
Sign about the Rainforest Adventures exhibition and its care of animals


 

Touring the Butterfly Garden

Entrance to the Butterfly Garden ... Jardin de Mariposa ... in Costa Rica (Staff Photo)
Entrance to the Butterfly Garden ... Jardin de Mariposas ... in Costa Rica

Butterfly Wings Anatomy exhibit at the Butterfly Garden (Staff Photo)
Butterfly Wings Anatomy exhibit at the Butterfly Garden


Chrysalises waiting to open at the Butterfly Garden
Chrysalises waiting to open at the Butterfly Garden

Close-up view of chrysalises opening at the Butterfly Garden
Close-up view of chrysalises opening at the Butterfly Garden

Beautiful Blue Morpho Butterfly at the Butterfly Garden in Costa Rica
Beautiful Blue Morpho Butterfly at the Butterfly Garden in Costa Rica

Butterflies have lots of thick vegetation for shelter in Costa Rica!
Butterflies have lots of thick vegetation for shelter in Costa Rica!

Butterflies enjoying fruit at the Butterfly Garden
Butterflies enjoying fruit at the Butterfly Garden

The Malachite (Sperate staleness) is a large butterfly whose upper side is dark brown/black with green and creme colored patches. The underside is orange/brown with green patches.
Malachite Butterfly with wings closed

The beautiful Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly feeding on Lantana

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail on Pink Zinnia

Brilliant colors of the butterflies and flowers at the Butterfly Garden
Brilliant colors of the butterflies and flowers at the Butterfly Garden


 

Riding the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Entrance area for the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram (Staff Photo)
Entrance area for the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Onboard the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram
Onboard the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Towering tropical trees along the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram (Staff Photo)
Towering tropical trees along the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Up close and personal with the ferns along the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram (Staff Photo)
Up close and personal with the ferns along the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Approaching the end of the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram (Staff Photo)
Approaching the end of the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram

Dining area at the Rainforest Adventures near Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica
Dining area at the Rainforest Adventures in Costa Rica

 

Interactive Map of the Rainforest Adventures Area in Costa Rica

 

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