*The Butterfly Garden near the center of Santa Elena has hundreds of butterflies displayed and a greenhouse with lots of live ones fluttering.
*Snakes galore can be found at the Monteverde Serpentarium on the road to Monteverde reserve.
*Even better is the Frog Pond of Monteverde You get a guided tour for less than USD10.
*In Santa Elena the World of Insects is open daily with dozens of creepy crawlies!
*Orchid lovers should visit The Orchid Garden with more than 400 species of orchid growing in the gardens.
*Get killer milkshakes and great locally produced cheeses at The Monteverde Cheese Factory, about halfway between Santa Elena and Monteverde reserve.