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La Selva Biological Station

Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There seems to be less information online about tours here, which is a shame as it's lovely here. We had our tour at 6am privately and saw lots of birds, peccaries, sloths, ants and currasow. It was a little bit shorter than the 2 hours annoyingly, especially as our taxi arrived a little late. But nevertheless very good - when... More 

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Darlington, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food! Great people! Great learning! Great students! They're really set up for the researchers, but they were so nice to us tourists! We saw more animals and birds than we thought possible. The rooms are basic, but the food is great and the learning is incredible.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

La Selva where every tree and every bush was teeming with wonderful life forms and the surrounding air filled with symphony of songs and sounds of nature!! "The Tree of Life" found at the beginning of the stone bridge, on the left hand side, supports innumerable life forms and has to be a highly spiritual tree that needs special mention... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

If you’re about research and facilities designed for such, this is a must-do. I was impressed by how well the labs, the grounds, reception, housing and dining facilities and common areas were maintained. The staff were accommodating (patient with rusty Spanish), knowledgeable and cheerful. Food is traditional local and if you’re to be late for a meal, ask for yours... More 

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Harmony, null, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was a wonderful place, but be aware that you can only take a tour with a guide ($30 US), at particular times of the day, and if you get there at other times, you're out of luck. If it looks like it will rain, the rainforest will be beautiful but you won't see much wildlife. After the rain, it... More 

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Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Before anything else, la Selva Biological Station is one of the MOST studied lowland tropical Rain forest in the WORLD, la Selva is NOT a lodge or hotel. For decades OTS have dedicate years and years of research in many different topics, therefore, spotting wildlife at La Selva is pretty common, learning how an tropical ecosystem works I do not... More 

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Eagle, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you are the least bit interested in bird watching this is a must. The rooms are sparse but clean and comfortable. The dinning hall has good and plenty of food. The trails go all over the jungle. I would reccomend hiring a local guide if you are not familiar with the trails. There are no signs and it would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Some of this review will sound negative to you even thou I gave it the best rating, this is because I feel you need the info to make your stay great like ours. If you know what to expect you can bring what you need to be happy. We did not have a car. This is my recount visit to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We had a double private room at La Selva. Accommodation comes with 3 meals. It's important to be aware that the rooms for guests are quite a way from the dining room and trails - we had a car so that was no problem but if you don't have transportation you have about 1km to walk to these areas.We met... More 

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Katy, Texas
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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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