Monteverde Nature Center
History and museums, Natural sights
The Monteverde Nature Center and Butterfly Gardens is a nature center in Monteverde, northwestern Costa Rica. It is located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, 1.2 miles south of the village of Santa Elena.
The center has a number of educational exhibits and butterfly showcased in areas representing three distinct habitats. An hour long tour is taken in view of over 40 species of butterfly in dense forest to emulate that of the natural habitats of the species.
The center also has many arachnid and insect species including tarantulas, rhinoceros beetles and giant 5 inch caterpillars.
Educational videos are also part of the center as are "bug cams" used to examine the insects in detail.