Near downtown, a woodsy oasis showcasing one of Costa Rica's fauna stars

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Spirogyra Butterfly Garden

Gorgeous colours on the fly

A good part of what makes Costa Rica such a natural paradise is its flora and fauna. And of the latter, particular stars are its butterflies, abundant in the rain forests and the basis for various butterfly gardens throughout the country. Here in San José, a top example is Spyrogyra, adjacent to the zoo, a short walk north of the historic downtown. It's a wonderful spot to stroll quietly, relax, and watch as butterflies fly free in a woodsy enclosure recreating their natural environment. It's also a worthy way to show support for rural families who raise the plants and trees brought here as well as contribute butterfly pupae. Open daily 8 am to 4 pm, and you can cap off your visit with refreshment at the café.

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