Tourists and locals alike will be astonished to discover the Blue River Botanical Gardens, found in Costa Rica's cool, mountainous rainforest. There are over 800 different varietals, an orchid garden, butterfly gardens, a hummingbird center, and frog, fish and turtle ponds. No matter the time of year, there are plenty of interesting and colorful plants to observe. If you enjoy nature-watching, plan on spending the day.
Each major species of trees and flowers are grouped together, making it easy to find what you’re looking for and see things you’ve never seen before. Walk past a huge old hollow tree inhabited by bats and visit a lagoon in its natural habitat teeming with fish, frogs, turtles and iguanas. Toucans and other colorful rainforest birds are also attracted here. Meandering through the tropical rainforest trails, you’ll be enticed to stop, sit on one of the benches, and take in the colors, smells and beauty.
The Hummingbird center attracts several of Costa Rica's 51 species of hummingbirds with feeders surrounding a quaint koi fish pond. If that’s not enough, visit our butterfly gardens that won't disappoint. See a large collection of orchids, found deep inside the rainforest. And view a unique habitat where our 60 degree Celsius hot springs comes bubbling to the surface; the source for our natural mineral hot spring pools.
Blue River Botanical Garden's mission includes developing a representative Costa Rican rainforest to serve as an education center to teach young and old alike the importance of conserving Costa Rica's incredible nature-offerings. The botanical gardens serve as an outdoor classroom for everyone to learn about the rainforest's complexity and value. The signs and pamphlets teach the species and the stories behind their genesis. Guided tours are available upon request.
One visit isn't enough. You'll want to come again and again.
Guests of the hotel and guests with day passes have full access to the botanical gardens, butterfly gardens, hot spring pools, spa and gym during operating hours. This way, everyone can feel free to enjoy the facilities at their leisure. Learn about rates and packages.
Blue River Resort & Hot Springs and Blue River Estate are both located 60 kilometres from Liberia, Costa Rica, at the base of the volcano national park, Rincon de la Vieja, in the cool lush mountain rainforest.
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