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Butterfly Conservatory And Nature Exhibition Business For Sale

La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Asking Price:
$1,295,000 (USD) Furniture / Fixtures and Inventory / Stock included
Sales Revenue:
$100K - $250K (USD)
Cash Flow:
$50K - $100K (USD)

Arenal Butterfly Conservatory and Nature Exhibition

For Sale By Owner on the Shore of the Largest Lake in Costa Rica
Spectacular Views of Arenal Volcano and Lake USD $1,295,000
Flash Price Reduced for Quick Sale USD $975,000

The Butterfly Conservatory is a great business opportunity for nature lovers. Where else would a person get a potential tax write off in USA, or create a 501c Foundation, based on an income producing company in Costa Rica; and at the same time help heal and regenerate Mother Earth, all while having the chance to embark on an invigorating venture in foreign lands.

The project has grown to contain the largest exhibition of live butterflies in Costa Rica, a unique Frog and Amphibian Habitat, and 4 Greenhouses for raising plants and trees for the Project.
Enjoy walking on numerous trails through the Property, that meander through our botanical gardens passing by Iguana Pond when beginning the Rainforest River walk, through old growth forest, and then on to the Host Plant Gardens and Volcano View Gazebo where one can relax after the tour and take in the spectacular views of the forest, volcano, lake, and wildlife. This gazebo not only offers great views of the area, but also attracts many hummingbirds which come to feed on the surrounding flowers.

The Conservatory is situated on the shore of the largest lake in Costa Rica, and near the Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves, just 3 hours driving time from San Jose airport. The climate in this area ranges from upper 70’s during the day, down to the upper 60’s at night... plus there’s usually a light breeze of pure air blowing down from the surrounding rain forest reserves, where fresh spring water is captured for use in the village.

This Project is located in a small village called El Castillo-Arenal, situated along the banks of the Aguas Gatas River, a spring-fed river coming from the Monteverde Reserve, directly adjacent and above the village. This is a pristine mountain town with incredible views of the lake and natural surroundings from the Reception Center of the Butterfly Conservatory, El Castillo-Arenal. The village is flourishing on eco-tourism, and this area of Costa Rica is under consideration as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due its unique attributes.

The project is set on 33,620 m2 (a little over 8 acres) of previously cut rainforest that has been in regeneration and development since 2002. The majority of the area is now fully planted and developed.
The property also has two spring fed creeks running through it, the smaller one (Frog Creek) has its source right on our property, the other (Butterfly Creek) stems from the rain forest reserves up above the village, and continues on another kilometer below this property to flow into Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica.

Take a look at the photos in our Gallery on our website. The majority of the volcano photos were taken right from our Reception Center area, and almost all of the other photos in the gallery were taken on our property.

Structures Included:
The Reception Center building is a cement, steel, and glass structure, (about 2,600 ft2 of constructed area). It has access to two water systems, and 2 telephone connections with broadband internet. Plus, there are incredible views of volcano Arenal and Lake on one side, and on the other, views over the Regenerated Forest of this Project, and beyond to the Lake.
It is a 3 story building with our Butterfly Laboratory and public restrooms, on the first floor.
On the second story is the Reception Center and Insect Museum, plus a managers office w/bath. The third floor of the Reception Center has a newly constructed 1,300 ft2 area designed to be convertible into a Restaurant, or Owners apartment as it’s currently being used.

Additionally, there are 10 different large steel and screen atrium/greenhouse structures (approx. 12,000 ft2 under cover) that house our exhibition habitats; (there are also 4 other atriums for further expansion of the project that aren’t fully finished yet (approx. 3,800 ft2).

The Conservatory is wholly owned by a corporation, (El Castillo de los Insectos, S.A.), of which I effectively own 100% of the shares. The corporate status not only facilitates functionality, but also provides a simple method of ownership transfer via purchase of shares.

A simple breakdown of corporate assets indicates a basic intrinsic value for the project of: $1,596,068 as broken down below. (Real Value is probably even higher, because how do you value twenty years of nature re-growth and Habitat development)

What Exactly Is Included in the Sale of the Butterfly Conservatory and Nature Exhibition?
• Land: $2.32/ft2 x 361,883 ft2 = $839,568
Equivalent to $25 $/mt2 for land resources
• Building and Structure: Reception Center Building + 15 atriums, etc. $375,000
• Infrastructure: Trails, Plants, Gardens, Water systems, etc. = $247,000
• Equipment: Tools, Lab Equipment, Computer, etc. = $7,500
• Transportation: Kia Mohave SUV, 2015 = $27,000
Total intrinsic value: = $1,596,068

The company balance sheet has shown a profit since 2010, and our income is up substantially year over year, and the business is breaking all previous income records again this year 2023.
The project has won several Visitor Awards, including the TripAdvisor Excellence award for 9 years running; this award is given to projects that are in the top 10% of all activities within its category.

Now that the project is developed and operating successfully, the Founder is being called to pursue other endeavors… and the Conservatory is searching for a new Owner/Director.

This person (or persons) would naturally have the desire to continue expansion and further development of the project, while evaluating the many potential profit centers that currently are not being implemented.

This project is an ideal way to for nature loving adventurists, to be Sponsors, Owners, or Directors over a Nature Center focused on forest regeneration and butterflies.

Butterfly Conservatory and Nature Exhibition Center
For Sale By Owner on the Shore of the Largest Lake in Costa Rica
Spectacular Views of Arenal Volcano and Lake = USD $1,295,000
Flash Price Reduced for Quick Sale USD $975,000

For more information, please contact us by using the form below.

Property Information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included

Living Accommodation:

Owners apartment on the third floor of the Reception Center.


Village of El Castillo - Arenal
800 meters south of the school

Premises Details:

Great views of the Arenal Volcano from Reception Center

Size in square feet:
1000 sq ft
Planning Consent:

All operational Permits and Licenses are current.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

There are numerous potential Profit Centers that could be easily developed for increased income.

Competition / Market:

There is no other Project like this in Costa Rica
The competition is small with different focus areas.

Reasons for selling:

Owner is being called to pursue family matters.

Trading hours:

10am to 4pm every day of the year

Years established:

Other Information

Support & training:

Multiple E-files documenting the "Standard Operating Procedures" for all functional areas of the Project, making employee training and documentation of methods a simple procedure.

Owner financing:
Owner financing is available. Please contact the seller for more information.
Financing available:

Potential exists for financing in Costa Rica

Furniture / Fixtures value:
$7,500 (USD) - included in the asking price
Inventory / Stock value:
$5,000 (USD) - included in the asking price
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