Danaus Eco Center
From Costa Rica Travel Guide: Vacation and Travel tips
Eco Centro Danaus is located a couple miles east of La Fortuna and is a great place to spend a couple hours. Here's how Danaus explains themselves:
'Ecocentro Danaus is a Biological Reserve that develop conservation programs, training environmental education, sustainable use of the land and production. There are trails through secondary forest, where you can see in his natural habitat a wide variety of plants and animals. One of the main attractions of the place is the butterflies farm, with a special site for the display of larvae, pupae and eggs. Danaus Ecocentro reproduced about 30 different species of butterflies. We protect a natural water spring which is another major component of Ecocentro. It's a special place to observe birds, especially waterfowl, alligators and iguanas, basilisks, this like comes from a natural spring that remains on the site and home to hundreds of species and has been documented by the UNA and UNED as nationally important site for nesting water bird colonies.
The medicinal plants garden is another attraction; to date we have over 60 species of medicinal plants labeled. The garden areas are arranged by families for easy identification, among which orchids and heliconia. It is common to see tourists interacting with the common species of the site. two and three toed Sloths, the poisonous red frog, the red-eyed tree frog, and more than 150 species of birds are easily observed on all tours. At the reception we sell exclusive products of the reserve such as shirts, posters, guides to flora and fauna, among others, and crafts of Indigenous Maleku.'