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San Gerardo Biological Station

3.5 km from the Santa Elena Reserve, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

i losted the count how many times i went back since my 1st visit.... a birdwatching Paradise. I started to bring groups with me and all they really enjoyed the place and the hospitality. The food is very good. Now i will be back for 3 nights at the end of july...and doesn't matter if it will rain most of... More

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Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We went to San Gerardo Station last weekend and had an amazing time despite the inclement weather. Our boys are eleven and sixteen. If you are to go there with young kids, give yourself more than the 90 minutes it took us to hike in. Giovany and Yvonia were such amazing hosts. Although we were the only guests, Yvonia made... More

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

ok, don't expect to sleep in a 3 or 4 stars hotel....expect only to enjoy the beautiful surround, the sounds of the birds and animals anytime. i didn't sleep all night....my 2 kids and my wife yes. For me was imposible , it was so beautiful and amazing the sound of the nature all night long that i went crazy.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I want to preface that this is not a five star hotel, but it delivers a five star experience. The lodging is simple. We (2) got a room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a private bath. The layout of the room and the bathroom is very nice. If you have t share a room with another party, there... More

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Berlin, Germany
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The view on the Arenal volcano is outstanding! The one hour hike to the lodge is worth the atmosphere of this biological station, off the touristic trails. We enjoyed the great food (full board). You can even hire a guide for a tour (we went on a night tour), who will come to the station.

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Arlington, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We came back to this beautiful rustic place in the rain forest. The view of Arenal Volcano - just prop your pillow and you can see it! The sounds of the howler monkeys, sunset, sunrise, birding, hiking the trails, etc.. The food tastes better there - as does the piping hot coffee! Good to know staying there supports the Monteverde... More

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St. Peters, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

A clean and comfortable "cabin" atmosphere. The married couple that host you are wonderful and the food is great. We went closer to the rainy season (August) and unfortunately did not see as much wildlife as we would have liked, but the view from the station of the volcano and the overall atmosphere is great. A group of college kids... More

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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Really nice way to stay deep in the forest without needing to worry about logistics. The views are outrageous... the night we were there we saw a sunset with a double rainbow, amazing colors reflecting in lake arenal, lightening lighting up the volcano from behind, fireflies, bats, owls, and great stars. Lots of birds and wildlife during our stay. The... More

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6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We had a fantastic time at San Gerardo Station. The walk in is an adventure in itself, the views are spectacular. The family who look after you, Giovanni and Ivana are very friendly, and even though our spanish is not great, Giovanni still gave us lots of info about the station and the animals that inhabit the rainforest. Ivana is... More

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

The station is an hour walk down a gravel road followed by a narrower trail. The walk offers views of Volcan Arenal and then you arrive at the San Gerardo Station. It is a refugio; four bunk beds per room, a large eating/sitting area, a beautiful balcony with hammocks upstairs; an amazing but simple place to escape the touristy Monte... More

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Address: 3.5 km from the Santa Elena Reserve, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
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Also Known As:
San Gerardo Biological Station Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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The San Gerardo Biological Station is located on the Atlantic slope on the Tilarán mountain range at 1,200 above sea level, and within the BEN. The station can accommodate 32 people and offers facilities for students, tourists and researchers. There are 6 rooms on the second floor each with a private bath and 2 bunk beds. The second floor balcony provides a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake and the surrounding forest. The first floor consists of a kitchen, dining area, rooms for guides and group leaders, and a meeting/lecture room.The nearby areas of the Station offer trails along primary and secondary forest as well as regenerating pastures. The forest type in the zone is catalogued as Premontane Rain Forest, which is an evergreen forest, with a canopy at 30 to 40 meters in height, abundant epiphytes, and a dense understory. The annual rainfall is over 4000 mm and the duration of the short dry season could be 0 to 2 months.If you enjoy bird watching, we recommend visiting the site between April and June when a great portion of the species are very active due to their breeding season. The birds songs are melodious and the courtship displays of the Bare-necked Umbrella Bird (Cephalopterus glabricollis)are simply spectacular.How to get there: Take the Pan American Highway from San José to the gas-station turnoff in Sardinal, and take the road to Monteverde. From there drive 35 km (20 miles) until you arrive in Santa Elena. From the town of Santa Elena, drive to the Santa Elena Reserve parking lot. It is a 3.5 km (2 mile) hike to the station. ... more   less 
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