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La Selva Biological Station

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rather than a group tour, as we had two young children we booked a private tour of the Biological Station. We had a lovely time, walking the trails, seeing various wildlife - birds, insects, peccary, monkey, bats....and learning about the flora and fauna. The guide was very informative, her English was excellent and she was a great 'spotter' and carried... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This is a pedestrian friendly reserve with well-groomed trails for the most part. Although wildlife sightings will vary and are dependent on the weather, we were fortunate to see sloths; a mot mot; a peccary; multiple lizards big and small; and, the highlight, 3 owls. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a good eye for spotting animals. We didn't stay... More 

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Lincoln, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I came to the research station primarily for bird photography, which was fantastic. I had my own outside guide. The food was healthy, mostly rice and chicken and salad. There is no air conditioning anywhere, and it is very hot and humid. The fans in the room help at night. I had no issue with any bugs or insects in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

The location was so beautiful it was such a shame we were marched at some speed to the talk area missing any opportunity to looks at the wonderful views and for any birds or animals. The talk and demonstration was interesting but lacked any real enthusiasm There was only a small group of us on the tour , it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Don't stay here if you're looking for plush accommodations. You get a 5" thick foam mattress on plywood, an oscillating fan hanging on the wall and a communal bathroom. This is first and foremost a research station for scientists and students. But if you're looking for wildlife in abundance and want to have fun meals and hikes with hardcore birders,... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Staying at La Selva is like visiting the zoo in terms of seeing a variety of fauna and flora, but without any bars to separate you from nature. The animals have been so used to not being threatened that they are essentially oblivious to your presence. This includes the wild pigs (peccaries), giant curassows, howler monkeys, and more birds and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at la Selva for 3 nights. After reading all the reviews, we seemed to manage our expectations well. The family house is very specious and well equipped. Though very rusty, you can actually make good use of the kitchen if you don't want to fully rely on the meal plan. We find lots of cockroaches in the cabinet-... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We didn't stay here however we did spend the day on guided walks and had lunch. It's pretty basic but the food, served buffet style, was tasty and as there's shared tables, it's easy to meet and talk with other guests. The birds are plentiful, guides very knowledgeable and willing to impart their knowledge. The concrete paths are well maintained... More 

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Quebec
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

Arrived at La Selva at night which I do not recommend so was a bit daunted by the rough road in, the layout, the directions to the rooms used for visitors and the complete darkness. But daylight brought a very different and positive outlook. The rooms are in a secure area about a kilometre from the Compound centre that has... More 

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Campton, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

We stayed for three nights in early January. The birding was topnotch. Birding guides were excellent as well. You should know that accommodations for guests (as opposed to those working here) are located about 1.1 km from the dining hall. This means you have a bit of a hike to get to meals. And if you plan to go birding... More 

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Address: Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Price Range: $96 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Selva Biological Station 2.5*
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