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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This visit was arranged by our tour company so we did not have to worry about the bureaucracy other reviewers have mentioned. Our guide, Octavio, was excellent and helped us see a great variety of birds while we were there. He took us to a range of different locations to see different creatures. This included a particular type of fig...

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Milpitas, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I have stayed at the La Selva Biological Station several times in the last 15 years, the last being February 2017. We would not return did we not enjoy the experience. For those that don't know, La Selva is one of three biological research stations in Costa Rica run by the Organization for Tropical Studies - based...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had heard that La Selva was the #1 spot in Costa Rica for birding, so it was our most-anticipated location. We made reservations for an early morning bird tour a couple months in advance, with the plan to spend our entire day exploring the area. We received no correspondence, and saw nothing in their advertising, that said you had...

Thank Jonathan B
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited La Selva for an afternoon guided hike while staying nearby. Our guide, Octavio, was outstanding. He found all sorts of wildlife and birds including a boa, howler monkeys, agouti, great curassow, sun bittern and the great green macaw among many others. As avid hikers, we really enjoyed our visit here. It is not a strenuous hike but is...

Thank Domino221
Cocolalla, Idaho
Reviewed 14 January 2017

The 3 hour jungle tour was wonderful. The guide was knowledgeable and could see and hear many creatures. Close up observations. Saw old growth trees, many birds, plants, and bugs. Loved the leaf cutters and frogs.

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed for 3 nights. It started with lots of rain, but we stayed around long enough for the weather to get better. In both rain amd sunshine, we watched lots of animals (more birds than you can imagine, lizards, frogs, two species of sloths, howler monkeys). The accomodation is basic, but that is what we expected....

Thank Josua H
Baierbrunn, Germany
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great guided walk pointing out birds and mammals and of course leaf-cutter ants. We saw peccaries, frogs, monkeys, and lots of birds. The path was a flat walk through the forest making it easy for mom to get around.

Thank Rehana F
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Great three hour guided walk amongst their 4,000 acre secondary forest site. Lots of wildlife with plenty of bird life, frog life, interesting plants, bats, insects, butterflies etc. We even saw a yellow viper. Book in advance and highly recommended.

Thank richard d
Atenas, Costa Rica
Reviewed 30 December 2016

From my lodge I arrange a 6 AM birding hike where it was suggested that there are more birds than anywhere. Not that day! We saw few birds and no new ones for me. The guide was nice but not enthusiastic about showing be around. I understand that this can happen anywhere birding, but I was still disappointed in the...

Thank Charlie D
Atlanta, GA
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We spent a fabulous full day of birdwatching (plus sloth, monkeys, peccaries, iguana) at La Selva. The biodiversity at this scientific center is fantastic. And our guide for the day, Octavio, showed us far more than we could have hoped to spot for ourselves. We saw motmot, tinamou, sun bittern and several other species that we saw nowhere else in...

Thank jmaxwellb

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Address: Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Price Range: $126 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Selva Biological Station 2.5*
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