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La Selva Biological Station

Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
La Selva Biological Station
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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148 reviews 148 reviews
26 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
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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Hartland, VT
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
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15 helpful votes 15 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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10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Sydney
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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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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