Fodor's Expert Review Monteverde Theme Park

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Zoo/Aquarium

Only in Monteverde would visitors groove to the nightlife at an exhibition of 24 species of frogs, toads, and other amphibians. Bilingual biologist-guides take you through a 45-minute tour of the terrariums in the Frog Pond of Monteverde (Ranario de Monteverde), just outside Santa Elena. For the best show, come around dusk and stay well into the evening, when the critters become more active and much more vocal. (Your ticket entitles you to a second visit the same day, as well as a guided tour.) The complex has a butterfly garden with 30 different species and an insect museum. There's a small frog-and-toad-and-butterfly-theme gift shop and a zip-line tour with nine cables and a Tarzan swing.

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Quick Facts

100 m west of Hotel Poco a Poco
Santa Elena, Puntarenas  60109, Costa Rica

-2645–6320

www.monteverdethemepark.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Frog pond and butterfly garden $14 each; combined ticket $23; zip line $35

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