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.