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Welcome to Selva Verde

A TRULY UNIQUE COSTA RICAN ECO-LODGE 

 

Family Activities

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Having an adventure is thrilling, but it's even more fun to share your adventure with those you love. Share the awe of exploration and discovery with your family, and cherish the memories you will make forever. Selva Verde offers a range of activities suited for every age and that your whole family will enjoy!


TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Family Fun Package

Our multi-night packages make it easy to give your family the adventure of a lifetime. We picked our favorite family activities and explorations for an engaging blend of nature discovery and active adventure.

 


 

Selva Verde Activities

Guided Hiking in the Selva Verde Reserve

 

Guided Hiking in the Selva Verde Reserve

Experience first hand the wonder of exploring a tropical rainforest. Enjoy a personalized and leisurely ramble through Selva Verde' s 500 acre private reserve with our knowledgeable naturalist guides. Learn more than just the names of rainforest plants and animals - discover their secret lives and fascinating natural histories. Be on the look out for monkeys, mot-mots, toucans, and poison dart frogs, and remember to bring your camera!

Time: 9.00 AM or 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $25, Children 6-11 $12.5, under 6 free

 


 

Sarapiquí River Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sarapiquí, observing life in and along the banks of the river. You'll pass both forested and agricultural lands to observe the activities of the people and animals whose lives are influenced by the flow of the waters. The boat guides are some of the best wildlife spotters on the river, so be sure to bring your binoculars and camera! The boat departs from the lively Puerto Viejo dock. Guide is not included

 

Time: 9.00 AM or 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adult $35 per pax, Children 6-11 $18
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Serpentarium

Get to know the fascinating world of reptiles with a visit and guided tour to the Sarapiquí Serpentarium. Enjoy comfortable close-up observation of a wide variety of native and exotic venomous and non-venomous snakes, lizards, and frogs, many of which inhabit the Sarapiquí rainforest.  

 

Time: Daily 8.00 AM-5.00PM
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Adults: $32 / Children (Less 11 Years): $22
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Chocolate Tour - Discover Chocolate!

Discover how cacao seeds are transformed into one the world's favorite foods - chocolate! Visit a historical cacao plantation and learn about the natural and cultural history of cacao plant. Native to Central America, cacao was cultivated by Mayan, Aztec, and other Central American cultures before European explorers introduced it to the rest of the world.

 

Time: 8.30 AM, 10.00 AM, 1.30 PM, 3.00 PM
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Cost: Adults $30, Children $20
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

White Water Rafting Adventure

The white water stretches of the Rio Sarapiquí are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica. Enjoy high adventure and gentle floats as you navigate the river with our professional river guides. A preliminary safety orientation will prepare you for the challenges you'll face on the water. Keep an eye out for the diversity of wildlife seen at the river's edge in between Class I-III rapids. If you are a skilled rafter, we can arrange a more challenging excursion on Class III-IV rapids. Your rafting adventure ends at Selva Verde Lodge.

 

Time: 9.00 AM or 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: Adult $56 per person (minimun 2). Children $48
Transportation: Included

 


 

Horseback Riding

No experience is necessary for this relaxed ride through the forests and fields surrounding Selva Verde. Spot a variety of wildlife and enjoy the cultural landscape of the Sarapiquí. The ride is accompanied by a bilingual guide.

 

Time: 9.00 AM, 11.00 AM y 1.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: $46 per person
Transportation: included

 


 

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Enjoy the thrill of winging your way through the canopy of the rainforest! Our zip line adventure consists of 12 zip lines crisscrossing tropical rainforest, ornamental gardens, and the magnificent Rio Sarapiquí. Throughout your adventure, you will be accompanied by experienced guides, using specialized equipment of the highest quality.

 

Time: 9.00 AM or 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: Adult: $56 per person. Children: $48

Transportation: Included

 


 

Early Morning Bird Walk at Selva Verde

Grab your binoculars and join our naturalist guide for an early morning bird walk on the grounds of Selva Verde. Morning is a very active time for the birds, so you can count on sighting several of the stunning tropical species that inhabit Selva Verde. Every morning is different, but they are all exciting! Your guide has a keen eye and a high-powered scope, so you can get close up views of birds you might not otherwise notice. Binoculars can be rented at reception.

 

Time: Daily at 6.00 AM
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $27, Children 6-11 $13.5, under 5 Free

 


 

INight Hike at Selva Verde Reserve

Join Selva Verde’s naturalist guides for an exciting exploration of the rainforest at night! Bring your flashlight and search the grounds and surrounding trails for nocturnal wildlife – including tree frogs, leaf mimicking insects, and nocturnal mammals including kinkajous and bats!

 

Time: 7.00 PM
Duration: 2 hour
Cost: Adults $23, Children 6-11 $11.5, under 6 free

 


 

HOW TO PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES

It is always best to make advance reservations for all of our activities! Most activities may be booked at Selva Verde reception with 24 hours notice. Please make advanced reservations during the high season by CONTACTING US before your visit.

Green Season (May 1 - 31st, Aug 1 - Dec 14th)
High Season (Dec 15 - Apr 30, Jun 1 - Jul 31)

Groups: Traveling with 5 or more people? Please make advance reservations by CONTACTING US.

Special Note: Tips & discretionary gratuities for guides are not included in activity costs.

For Boxed Lunches: Please make arrangements with reception at least 24 hours in advance.

 

 

Culture and Community Activities

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Selva Verde is located in the heart of Costa Rica's Sarapiquí region, within the small village of Chilamate and close to the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. This area of Costa Rica is known for its amazing biodiversity, but it is also home to vibrant communities, banana and pineapple plantations, and the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center. We invite you to explore the communities surrounding Selva Verde through our cultural and agro tourism activities.

 TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Selva Verde Activities

Adventures in Agriculture will take you behind the scenes to learn first hand about the cultivation and processing of these important products.

Chocolate Tour - Discover Chocolate!

Discover how cacao seeds are transformed into one the world's favorite foods - chocolate! Visit a historical cacao plantation and learn about the natural and cultural history of cacao plant. Native to Central America, cacao was cultivated by Mayan, Aztec, and other Central American cultures before European explorers introduced it to the rest of the world.

 

Time: 8.00 AM, 10.00 AM, 1.30 PM, 3.00 PM
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Cost: Adults: $30, Children: $20
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Horseback Riding

No experience is necessary for this relaxed ride through the forests and fields surrounding Selva Verde. Spot a variety of wildlife and enjoy the cultural landscape of the Sarapiquí. The ride is accompanied by a bilingual guide.

 

Time: 9.00 AM, 11.00 AM and 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: $46 per person
Transportation: included

 


The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center offers Selva Verde guests the opportunity to experience life in rural Costa Rica through meaningful service and immersion activities.

 

Community Service Projects

The Sarapiquí Region is one of the poorest counties in Costa Rica. Much of the local work is plantation work, either banana or pineapple. To build stronger communities and support local schools, Selva Verde partners with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center to link visitors interested in volunteering their time with projects where their assistance is needed.

Note: Projects must be arranged and scheduled 2 weeks in advance.

 

Time: Half day - 2 to 3 hours / Full day - 4 to 5 hours
Cost: $30 per person for half day / $50 per person for full day (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included - cost determined by location of service project

 


 

Visit a local School

Visit a local elementary school or high school and compare and contrast the Costa Rica education system with your own. Enjoy a guided tour led by the director, a teacher, and/or students, a presentation and a question/answer session. One third of each participant fee will go directly to the participating school

 

Time: Morning and Afternoons
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $16 per person (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included - cost determined by school location

 


 

Costa Rican Cooking Classes

This class taught by a local community member, will offer you the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Costa Rican dishes.  You will learn about each fresh ingredient, and everyone participates in the cooking process. The menu choices consist of frescos (fruit juices), empanadas rellenas  (turnovers filled with beans and cheese), tortillas (flat bread), patacones (fried green plantains) or picadillo de chayote (water squash).  Enjoy trying all of your culinary creations at the end of the class!

 

Price: $90 groups of 1–5 people, $12 per additional person
Restrictions: 25 person max
Recommended time: Afternoons or evenings
Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours

 


 

HOW TO PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES

It is always best to make advance reservations for all of our activities! Most activities may be booked at Selva Verde reception with 24 hours notice. Please make advanced reservations during the high season by CONTACTING US before your visit.

Green Season (May 1 - 31st, Aug 1 - Dec 14th)
High Season (Dec 15 - Apr 30, Jun 1 - Jul 31)

Groups: Traveling with 5 or more people? Please make advance reservations by CONTACTING US.

Special Note: Tips & discretionary gratuities for guides are not included in activity costs. For Boxed Lunches: Please make arrangements with reception at least 24 hours in advance.

 

Environmental Education Programs

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Our rainforest reserve and accommodations are the ideal base camp for educational field programs in ecology, conservation, community development, and culture. In partnership with the SARAPIQUÍ CONSERVATION LEARNING CENTER , we can help you design a course to meet the academic needs of your student or teacher group. "El Centro Natural de Selva Verde" is your nature center, classroom, and laboratory!

 

bat9 1Data collection class at the Learning CenterA Variety  of Programs

Choose a fully developed Selva Verde Field Course or create a custom program. Either way, your students will have opportunities to explore, discover, imagine, and wonder. Our field based programs include:

  • Independent studies and scientific research
  • Field data collection
  • Workshops and guided hikes with expert naturalists
  • Investigation of environmental issues
  • Standards-based environmental education philosophy
  • Skills necessary to identify and solve environmental problems

To book your El Centro Natural de Selva Verde Field Course, please CONTACT US for details.

 

Selva Verde at Night

COSTA RICA RAINFOREST LODGE

After darkness falls in the Sarapiquí, a whole new world awakens. If you've still got an itch for adventure after dinner, we've got some options for you. Take a flashlight and explore the nocturnal rainforest, study bats at a science station, or learn some Latin dance steps with local community members!

 

TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Night Hike With Selva Verde Naturalists

Join Selva Verde’s naturalist guides for an exciting exploration of the rainforest at night! Bring your flashlight and search the grounds and surrounding trails for nocturnal wildlife – including tree frogs, leaf mimicking insects, and nocturnal mammals including kinkajous and bats!

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Duration: 2 hour
Cost: Adults $23, Children 6-11 $11.5, under 6 free

 


 

Bat Tour at Tirimbina Reserve

Did you know there are 113 species of bats in Costa Rica? Get to know the world of this important and often misunderstood mammal with a lecture on the lives and natural history of bats, followed by safe, close up observation of captured specimens. Learn about research methods while visiting the netting station where you will learn about the capture process. (Bats are captured and held for only two hours, and care is taken for their well being).

 

Time: 7:30
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Cost: Adult: $24 Children (6-11 Years): $18
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Latin Dance Class

Dancing is the soul of Latin America! If you have ever wanted to learn Latin dancing then this is the class for you! Merengue, Salsa, and Cumbia dancing styles are all lead by local dance instructors, step by step. You will practice with a partner and everyone can take turns showing off their new dance moves. This activity is great fun, perfect for families and friends, and for groups to kick off or end a tour.

 

Time: 7:oo or 7:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $112 for groups of 1-10 people, each additional person $12
25 person maximum per class

 


 

HOW TO PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES

It is always best to make advance reservations for all of our activities! Most activities may be booked at Selva Verde reception with 24 hours notice. Please make advanced reservations during the high season by CONTACTING US before your visit.

Green Season (May 1 - 31st, Aug 1 - Dec 14th)
High Season (Dec 15 - Apr 30, Jun 1 - Jul 31)

Groups: Traveling with 5 or more people? Please make advance reservations by CONTACTING US.

Special Note: Tips & discretionary gratuities for guides are not included in activity costs.

For Boxed Lunches: Please make arrangements with reception at least 24 hours in advance.

 

 

Community and Conservation Programs

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Tree planting at the Learning CenterSelva Verde is proud to partner with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) to offer students, educators, and other groups the opportunity to learn about the people and culture in our community. Founded in the 1990’s by Giovanna Holbrook and Selva Verde Lodge, the SCLC was established to promote conservation education in the communities surrounding Selva Verde. Today the SCLC is a fully independent nonprofit working to achieve a sustainable future for the people and wildlife of the region. Funded in part by its ecotourism activities, the SCLC offers opportunities for cultural exchange between visitors and local people through activities and service projects.

 

learning Programs in Community and conservation

Selva Verde and the SCLC can help you craft a unique service learning program or cultural immersion experience for your students. Or, choose from a variety of existing programs.  Click on any of the activities below to learn more

Latin Dance Lessons

Ever wanted to learn Latin dancing? Then this is the class for you! You will learn 3 styles: Merengue, Salsa, and Cumbia. Local dancers will first demonstrate and then lead the group step by step. You will also practice with a partner and everyone will also take turns dancing in a circle, showing off their new dance moves. This activity is great fun, perfect for group’s kick off or tour ending, but also for families and friends

Time: Evenings
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $13 per person (10 person minimum)

Cooking Class

Want to learn how to make a Costa Rican meal? This class will offer you the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Costa Rican dishes. The classes are led by a local community member, and everyone participates in the cooking process. You will learn about the history, botanical names, and cultivation of each fresh ingredient. The menu consists of guacamole (a dip made with avocados), batidos (milkshakes), empanadas (turnovers), tortillas (flat bread), or patacones (fried green plantains). Enjoy trying all of your culinary creations at the end of the class!!

Time: Afternoons or evenings
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $13 per person
10 participant minimum.

Community Service Projects

The Sarapiquí Region is one of the poorest counties in Costa Rica. Much of the local work is plantation work, either banana or pineapple. To build stronger communities and support local schools, Selva Verde partners with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center to link visitors interested in volunteering their time with projects where their assistance is needed. Note: Projects must be arranged and finalized 2 weeks in advance.

Time: Half day – 2 to 3 hours / Full day – 4 to 5 hours
Cost: $30 per person for half day / $50 per person for full day (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included – cost determined by location of service project

Visit a Local School

Visit a local elementary school or high school and compare and contrast the Costa Rica education system with your own. Enjoy a guided tour led by the director, a teacher, and/or students, a presentation and a question/answer session. One third of each participant fee will go directly to the participating school

Time: Mon – Fri: 9:30-11:30 AM or 2:00-4:00 PM (available mid Feb. through Jun. or Aug. through mid. Dec.)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $18 per person (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included – cost determined by school location

Charla - A Chat about local life in the Sarapiquí

During this informative talk given by a local community member, you will learn about life in Sarapiquí. Topics include immigration, domestic life, local artisan work, student experience and much more! A question and answer session concludes the activity, fostering international communication and understanding. Good Costa Rican coffee and fresh baked goods complete the experience

Recommend time: Flexible
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $20 for 1 – 2 people, $9 per additional person

Home Stay with local family

Ever wondered what it’s like to actually live in another country, as opposed to simply traveling through it? Stay with a local family. Our families offer visitors a rare opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to live in rural Costa Rica. Share meals, conversation, and leisure time with a local family. This opportunity is sure to provide you with a unique cultural and linguistic experience!

Cost: $26 per person per night (includes dinner and breakfast)
Restrictions: Each family has a certain amount of beds available. We need a minimum of 2 weeks notice to accommodate your reservation.

For more details about additional SCLC activities and detailed information on the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center please visit the SCLC WebsiteFor custom programs, please CONTACT US

sclc logo Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center is a non-profit conservation education organization in Costa Rica.

 

 

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