Welcome to the Gardens

of Monteverde, Costa Rica

About Us

Here at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, we have been teaching people about Costa Rica's insects and arachnids for over 20 years. We have made it our mission to change the way people think about these small, misunderstood creatures. This may seem like a daunting task, but our bugs and tour guides can win over even the most skeptical visitor!  With up to 30 species of butterfly in 4 different habitats, over 20 species of live insects and arachnids in our nature center, an active leaf-cutter ant colony and the best guides in the business, we truly have something for everyone!


Wednesday-Sunday 9am-2:30pm**

Meet The Team


Bryna Belisle

Bryna hails from Quebec, Canada.
She has pioneered environmental education programs in Canada, South Africa and Costa Rica. Bryna worked as a manager at The Gardens for over a year, and when the opportunity arose to become a co-owner she jumped at the chance! Finding an ideal business partner in David, she took the plunge in 2012. Bryna loves sharing her passion for nature, and getting her hands dirty in search of nature's creepiest and crawliest!

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David Makynen

David is a tax-man turned farmer turned environmental educator from Massachusetts, USA by way of Ontario, Canada. David is a jack-of-all-trades and can just as likely be found delivering tours as building new features or tending the gardens. When Bryna presented the opportunity to take on a far-away butterfly garden, he couldn't help but jump on-board! David loves sharing all facets of the natural world, especially with his nature-loving son Eli.


Roberto Saenz Alfaro 

Roberto has been working here at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens since 2015. From Costa Rica, his interest in the natural world has always been part of him. As a passionate botanist, he can go into great detail about any species of plant you spot here at the gardens. His love for science communication is also what makes him such a great guide. 

Contact Us

Phone or Fax: 2645 5512

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