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La Selva Biological Station

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Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
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La Selva Biological Station
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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Katy, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I pondered a long time about how to review La Selva since Trip Advisor lists it as lodging not an attraction but eventually decided to base this review on the combination of both the lodging and the attraction aspects. This is quite a long review because a lot of other information on the Internet regarding the lodging here is wrong... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A lot of these reviews on here are just flat out wrong. La Selva is a place where you can stay, and then have the option to walk around on the trails and look for wildlife with/without a guide. There is an extensive trail system, and there is no other place in costa rica like it. If you stay in... More 

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Calgary, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

La Selva is a world class wildlife hot spot, revered by biologists and nature lovers all around. I was excited like a little kid to come here. The good - if you want wildlife, it is here. In a short half hour stroll we saw howler monkeys, an amazon parrot, the endangered great green macaws, scarlet macaws, collared peccaries, bullet... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This is a two part review. Part One: Staff, grounds, and food. Part Two: room and related items within. Part one: located 1 km off a busy paved road, la selva is very well set up. Both Henry and Michael were very helpful and accommodating. Grounds Are very well kept, with access only to guests and researchers. The bulk of... More 

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22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I came in early from another nearby lodge to do a guided nature walk. I was the only client, so I had three hours of the guide's undivided attention. There is a LOT of wildlife, especially birds. I would recommend anyone staying in the area who is interested in wildlife to try to book themselves in to a walk /... More 

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Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited La Selva Biological Station on the 13the of september 2014. La Selva Biological Station is not an hotel ! It is a research center on university level. One of the first Biological Station in the world. They are connected to 64 universities in the world. Students and researcher from all over the world gather here to do biological... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

La Selva is by far, one of the most amazing and complete spots for nature lovers in the world. Settled in a natural corridor that connects it to Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva is an oasis of wildlife, just 1.5 hours from the capital. With some rich array of habitats, from tacotal and secondary growth, to a wonderful virgin... More 

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Seville, Spain
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

When we decided to stay at the Biological Station I must admit I was a little bit put off by the negative comments on the food, price, tours, etc. But we went anyway. And I'm glad to say that we were very happy with the result. Of course, if you are looking for a full comfort, full service accomodation, then... More 

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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We didn't stay here, but did the morning half day guided tour. It was fantastic. It was really our favorite day of our 9 day trip to CR. That is saying something. Do the tour, you won't regret it. Ask for Susana. She is really knowledgable and engaging. Saw so many birds and learned a ton about the rainforest. Seriously... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

I paid about $100 USD per night for 1 person and that included 3 meals per day, 1 free guided tour, WiFi and laundry service. The students and other researchers are very friendly and helpful. The room facilities are very clean at the new cabins and the nicest I've experienced in Costa Rica. Make sure you bring a good headlamp... More 

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Address: Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Also Known As:
La Selva Biological Station Costa Rica/Sarapiqui

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