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La Selva Biological Station

Highway 4, 41001 Costa Rica
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#3 of 27 Specialty lodging in Sarapiqui
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dvmtraveller wrote a review Apr 2021
Poughkeepsie, New York60 contributions33 helpful votes
This is a good sized well equipped biological station. There is quite a bit of construction going on right now in the main areas, but the place was practically empty (?Covid?). The guided tour was great—saw lots of life of all kinds. The food ( meals come with & are served cafeteria style in a large open dining area) is excellent. A fabulous place for exploring. Heard plenty of howler monkeys but didn’t actually see any—but did see spider monkeys, agoutis, turtles, lizards , birds, frogs, insects... This is truly a great place to support.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2021
Zoutleeuw, Belgium205 contributions92 helpful votes
Even if you come with your own birding guide, you can't enter the property without hiring one of theirs. Birding is very good. I even saw 2 Great Green Macaws flying by. Go early morning or late afternoon.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Marie607 wrote a review Feb 2020
Fair Oaks, California61 contributions34 helpful votes
We have visited La Selva as a day trip in previous trips to Costa Rica, but we wanted to have more access to the area by staying there. First of all, it is a research station so room facilities are very basic and spartan (heavy metal doors feel a bit cell-like). If you need luxury linens and a pool, this is not the place for you. But if you love birds and other wildlife, are ok with simple facilities and want unrestricted access to La Selva’s many trails, this is a great option. Rooms are a bit of a walk back to the cafeteria/eating area, but we liked that as we had all kinds of birds and wildlife each time we walked it. We loved exploring the trails and saw lots of great wildlife... a 2-toed sloth, owls, puffbirds, motmots, great green macaws, curassows, lots of tanagers, honeycreepers, etc. Food in the dining area was very tasty as well, and we met lots of interesting people at the family-style tables. A great experience!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
CJ B wrote a review Feb 2020
Wayland, Massachusetts496 contributions115 helpful votes
This is a working research station but they welcome visitors. The lodging is reserved only for researchers and is not available to the public. Following the trails can lead to finding many interesting birds and wildlife. With patience on can find 50 species of birds. There are also resident peccaries wandering around. Volunteers lead walks around the grounds. There is a large area for picnics, restrooms, and a gift shop.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: This is a research station, not a public hotel.
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Bruce wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions5 helpful votes
The highlight of the tour was our guide Luis, a local resident and very knowledgeable about birds and other wildlife. His English was wonderful. He didn't let the rain stop us from having a fascinating walk through La Selva.
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Date of stay: February 2020
$107 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of HerediaSarapiqui
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Selva Biological Station
Which popular attractions are close to La Selva Biological Station?
Nearby attractions include Finca Sura (2.9 miles) and Puerto Viejo Multicentro (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Selva Biological Station?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at La Selva Biological Station?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at La Selva Biological Station?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Selva Biological Station?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cueva del Marisco, La Casona, and Hotel El Bambu.