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“A must for nature enthusiasts” 4 of 5 stars
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Las Cruces Biological Station
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   | Las Cruces Biological Station,6 km SE, From San Vito to Neilly, Ruta 237, San Vito 60801, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 San Vito B&B and Inns
Auckland, New Zealand
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“A must for nature enthusiasts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Our room in this tropical research and education centre was basic but comfortable. There was plenty of space and the balcony made this seem more so. Meals were included in a refectory-style community dining room. They were generally very good and gave us a chance to try many local dishes. The centre is situated in the gardens established by the Wilsons and designed by Burle-Marx which feature many ferns, palms, bromeliads, and orchids. The 10-ha gardens are surrounded by 235-ha of forest which feature an incredible diversity of animals and birds accessible by the many trails. Staff were helpful and friendly, and committed to the conservation and educational ethos of the centre.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Las Cruces Lodge, set in the Wilson Botanical Garden, is wonderful. Rooms are clean, tidy and spacious and within easy distance of the communal dining room. There is a real, communal feel here within the genuine, eco-friendly environment. Brightly coloured birds abound and the grounds are packed with wildlife, rare plants and trees. A guided tour is well worth taking as there is so much to see. Our tour only spent one night here, but I could easily have spent many more days here to take in all that this wonderful and simple lodge has to offer. I loved it.

Room Tip: Any rooms here will be good.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Monteverde
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Las Cruces is clearly a great birding location. Unfortunately, the folks that run it and Wilson Botanical Garden are making it difficult to bird. First of all, their rule is that you cannot walk the trails unless you are an overnight guest--costing $90 per person per night ($180 per couple per night). Secondly, they are now telling you that even overnight guests are not allowed to walk the trails without a guide (costing $50 per person) for a mediocre birding guide for 2 hours. The excuse for not allowing you to walk the trails without a guide is that "it is too dangerous." After walking the trails I realized how absurd this statement is--especially during the dry season. The trails we covered were gentle and easy to walk. I can only conclude that they trying to make more money for themselves or for their guides or both.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Las Cruces more than met my expectations for a place to stay to discover even more bird species in Costa Rica. Beautifully warm during the day and super cool at night. The number of colorful tanagers alone made this well worth the visit! Welcoming friendly staff and the comradery of plenty of other birders and scientists onsite. Meals were fine and the large beds super comfy. This was a wonderful place and will always be remembered as the place I saw my first Blue-crowned Mot mot.

Room Tip: the room named Ginger is excellent
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Lovely place to stay up near San Vito at 1200m so its nice and cool. Wildlife and excellent array of plant species are abundant and they have a new canopy viewing platform to take in the extent of the reserve! Nice rooms, very eco friendly. Amazing chorus day and night and you may get to interact with some of the active researchers. Lovely hidden paradise on the Costa Rica - Panama borders.

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Spent four days here photographing Nature with another like-minded friend. Spacious room with great patio for wildlife viewing. Bathroom was small but the two of us took turns, and hey - how much time do you need to spend in the bathroom anyway? Highlight was hanging out with six ecology grad students from US, EU and Latin America and learning about their work. We organized a nightwalk to look for critters and were richly rewarded. 10 pair of trained eyes and ears can really find a lot! Food was lovingly prepped, homestyle (which promoted conversation and comraderie) and was delicious.
Wilson Botanic Garden was photographically rich; highly recommend the free guided tour on your first day to get the lay of the land. Then wander on your own. Easy and safe. Forest trails range from almost-recent pasture to primary forest. Lots of hot, humid, up-and-down but take your time. Bring a bag lunch and stay out all day. Beautiful little streams and a small waterfall are very photogenic. Birds everywhere; be sure to climb the observation tower before bfast and at sunset for beautiful 360 views.
Dont' be shy about talking to the researchers; they're all happy to talk about their work and their adventures.
PS - the drive to get here is beautiful too, esp. once you leave the Pan Am Hwy. When you leave, climb up and then down to Ciudad Neily - maybe the most spectacular views from high to low in CR. No places to pull over and shoot pix, though. Then drive back North along the Pan Am Hwy and Costanera Sur.

Room Tip: Ask for a room close to the Main Building = close to the Dining Hall, in the center of the property...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Very nice place to stay, comfortable. Many youngs researchers evolving in nature for their researchs and accompagned by teachers. Their was included a visit of the trails in the station and biological garden, the guide was really good. I will recommend that place. The only thing for researchers is that their climatological instruments need to be replace... seem to be old and not functionning. Continue your good work !!

Room Tip: I have an A/C and it is good to have it.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Address: | Las Cruces Biological Station,6 km SE, From San Vito to Neilly, Ruta 237, San Vito 60801, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > San Vito
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in San Vito
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Las Cruces Biological Station 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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