La Palma Butterfly Garden (need pics)
- Hours : 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
- Location : From La Palma cemetery, turn left and go towards Guadalupe de La Palma de Puerto Jimenez for 3 km. It is on the left side.
- Price : $5 per person entrance fee; $9 extra for lunch
- Tel : 506-2735-1218 or 2735-1270
Five species of butterflies show off their vivid colors and beautiful designs at the La Palma Butterfly Garden. A butterfly lands on you as if to say hello. Others fly by so close, that you can feel tiny gusts of wind created with each delicate flap of their wings. The staff places bananas and fruits out for them to feast on, allowing you capture close up photos of gorgeous creatures.read more close
The primary 828 square foot greenhouse provides enough space to walk a short loop and interact with your favorite butterfly. The secondary nearby greenhouse is used to grow host and feeding plants needed for the survival of the butterflies. In a nearby lab, witness the four different cycles from an egg to a larva to a pupa to an adult butterfly.
The friendly, light hearted and educational tour through the farm begins at 8 a.m. and takes around 2.5 hours to complete. You also have the option to finish your tour off with a cool drink and a Costa Rican typical dish from their outdoor kitchen.
In 2011, several local women who make up Grupo Avancemos, started this farm after receiving government-funded business courses and butterfly sustainability training. They work seven days a week to maintain the farm and also export butterflies internationally to help supplement their business, with the help of volunteers.