Selvatura Insect Museum

The Education Center is Selvatura's newest addition and is a must see for anyone interested in the natural history of the region. Costa Rica, despite its tiny size, is home to almost 5 percent of the world's diversity; the exhibits within this excellent educational center aim to illuminate and explain the incredibly diverse microcosms and rare tropical forest ecosystems that give the country its huge range of flora and fauna.You will see the biggest, rarest, strongest, the most beautiful.

Selvatura Insect Museum

Monteverde

The Center also features the exceptional "Jewels of the Rainforest' insect exhibition. Renowned entomologist, Dr. Richard Whitten, began this collection when he was only five years old. It is now one of the largest private insect collections anywhere in the world and includes over 1,000,000 specimens, mounted in an innovative format integrating art and natural history, inspiring visitors to appreciate these remarkable creatures from a whole new perspective. Visitors will receive a guided tour to learn about arthropod diversity worldwide. The exhibition is complemented by a screening of Dr. Whitten's exclusive footage of insect life throughout Costa Rica, shown every hour in the Center's cinema auditorium.

Selvatura Park is one of Monteverde's most popular attractions. A conservation area comprising over 850 acres of protected land and stunning virgin cloud forest, the park offers many of the region's favorite activities combined on one site. It is an especially good choice for those a little shorter on time.

Optional Butterfly Garden
The Selvatura Butterfly Garden at 300ft long and 90ft wide, with a huge 50ft dome ceiling, the giant garden is host to 50 species of butterflies. Accurate and sensitive temperature controlling enables the survival of species from a range of altitudes and climate conditions throughout Costa Rica. Take a guided tour through this fascinating live exhibit and learn about the life cycle, special behaviors and evolution of these unique creatures.

Optional Reptile and Amphibian Exhibits
The live specimens are housed in an array of terrariums, each adorned with vegetation and natural lighting and humidity levels to simulate natural habitats. Everything is monitored by a permanent, on-site biologist.

The exhibit is educational and informative, offering visitors the opportunity to see many unusual species, most of which are rarely spotted in the wild. Guests will also learn about breeding and feeding habits and the environmental challenges facing these diminutive creatures.

What to Bring:

comfortable shoes and clothes, camera, raincoat.

What's Included:

expert guide, entrance fee.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

comfortable shoes and clothes, camera, raincoat.

What's Included:

expert guide, entrance fee.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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