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Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve
Ranked #25 of 79 things to do in Granada
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

A lot of butterflies to view and many more in cocoons, different stages of life. The keeper was very knowledgeable about butterflies and animals in general. For little nature lovers, it's the perfect place. A little Spanish will be very helpful in this case.

Call them for a pedicab to meet you at the cemetery. It's much cheaper to take the pedicab in and out of the reserve than having a regular cab. Also, the two floored restaurant facing the cemetery is a good place for a meal afterwards.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

We got a taxi (recommended) up to the butterfly reserve and arranged for him to come and collect us an hour later. The drive itself took about 15 minutes down a very rural, diet track and was interesting in itself. The lady who met us at the butterfly reserve spoke no English and we speak little Spanish but she was friendly and gave us a laminated sheet which correlates with numbers in the reserve giving us information on the butterfly's and plants. We arrived at 8am as it opened and the butterfly's were at their most active. There are tons. We were just left to it, surrounded by butterfly's and the sound of crickets. Afterwards we had a short walk around one of the trails and bought a water. This is very rustic, don't expect anything grand, but well worth spending an hour doing.

1  Thank GeorgieJR
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

The Butterfly Garden is a 15 minute taxi ride from the Central Park of Granada. A round trip taxi ride with a 30 minute wait cost $12. The entrance to the park cost an additional $5. This was money very well spent. The Butterfly Garden does not get many tourists so the manger Julio Moncada gave me a terrific tour. I learned a lot about the life of butterflies and caterpillars. (I understand Spanish and asked Julio to conduct the tour in Spanish consequently I am not sure how fluent his english is.) There are also English brochures explaining all the types of plants and the different butterfly species. Best of all the netted butterfly garden contained hundreds of beautiful butterflys flying around. What a beautiful and relaxing spot. I was then taken to the lab and observed the process of how the butterfly eggs were colleccted and how the catterpillars hatch and form cacoons.. Thank you Julio and the butterfly Garden for your important work.

If you are interested in butterflies in particular or nature in general I highly recommend a vist to the Butterfly Garden.

2  Thank packedandready2go
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We learned about this place from the book Adventure Guide Nicaragua. It suggested taking a bus to the police station then walking. Don't do that. We only found the place because I am fluent in Spanish and saw a local woman working on her meager farm who showed us the way. She told us that we were walking on the private road of an American who sells plots of land for other ex-pats to build homes. Better, legal access is from the other direction: go to the cemetery then call the reserve to send a moto-taxi. The guy who runs the reserve is a self-taught butterfly expert. His job is to cultivate the right plants that each species of butterfly needs in each part of its life cycle. We saw tons of butterflies and he interacted really well with our kids. It was a memorable experience. I am not sure if he speaks English but he gave a very detailed tour in Spanish. Your entry fee supports his important work preserving endangered butterfly species.

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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Viisiting the Mariposario is an adventure comparatively few visitors take, but if you persist you may be delighted. First you have to get to Granada's great cemetery where you might find a `tuk-tuk' to take you two miles up an unprepossessing track through a string of shanties to the reserve. You then may be the only person there, but if you are lucky you might bump into Gino, a volunteer who feeds the gorgeous butterflies with rotting bananas if he is visiting from Costa Rica ,which seems a tad eccentric.The butterflies are most active during the morning In the large netted area. They are large and gloriously coloured and patterned, and you can get really close to them.

Around the reserve are a number of short, circular trails well worth taking before you hope to find a a Tuk-tuk to take you
back down the trail. Give it a go.

The butterflies are

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