We booked an early morning tour of La Selva through our hotel. We arrived about 5:45 a.m. to meet our guide, Lenin. He was absolutely excellent and started spotting various birds right away. He carries a high-powered scope, and you can take pictures through it to get up close photos of the wildlife. We saw a lot of wildlife here including both chestnut-mandibled and keel-billed toucans, mot mots, parrots, howler monkeys, peccaries and most amazingly the deadly fer-de-lance snake. The guides mark the trails with flags or tape to indicate that they've seen a venomous snake, so be on the lookout for those. The setting along the river is very pretty, and there's a suspension bridge you can cross. Lenin mentioned that Will Smith was recently in the area to film a new movie along the river. I look forward to seeing it and can understand why they chose this beautiful area to film. While I personally wouldn't choose to actually stay on the property, it is an amazing place to explore and to see wildlife and makes an excellent day trip. The elusive puma has even been spotted at La Selva. It's really a magical, beautiful place for nature and wildlife lovers.
- Also Known As:
- La Selva Biological Station Costa Rica/Sarapiqui