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Welcome to Selva Verde



Selva Verde at Night


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!




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




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


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.


Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC)


Founded in the mid-1990s by the Holbrook family and Selva Verde Lodge, the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) is today a fully independent US and Costa Rica registered non-profit organization. The SCLC’s mission is to link communities and conservation through education and ecotourism in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica’s northern lowlands. 


SCLCLearning Center FacilitiesMission of the SCLC

The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Our programs which are run by international volunteers and community members serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, rural tourism activities, English classes, community outreach, women’s groups, and scholarship funds for high school students.

SCLC Serves...

You, the Visitor

The SCLC gives visitors the opportunity to engage with local residents and international volunteers.


Learning Center StudentsThe Local Community
The SCLC offers community programs such as English classes, computer literacy, environmental education and after-school activities. By offering local residents opportunities to improve their job prospects, the SCLC hopes the population is able to cultivate more environmentally sustainable occupations to improve their job prospects.




The Environment
The SCLC leads conservation projects such as water quality monitoring and recycling.


new school cecosKids from a local SchoolSupport the SCLC

Participate in one of the activities held by the SCLC while visiting the lodge. Support a student high school scholarship by donating $250/yr for 5 years. Use your extra luggage space to bring a donation. Check out our listing at Pack for a Purpose.






Pack for a Purpose

Selva Verde Lodge encourages visitors to donate an economic or material donation to help support conservation enviromental and educational programs developed by the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center. Make a donation directly to the center by visiting the SCLC WEBSITE.


Community and Conservation Programs


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.



Facilities at Selva Verde

More than a lodge, more than a rainforest reserve

Surrounded by rain forest, Selva Verde Lodge offers explorers world class accommodations, facilities and amenities for a wide range of groups. Live above the rain forest in our authentic jungle lodge or experience the seclusion of our newly remodeled and air conditioned bungalows. Amenities include dining, bar and a refreshing pool as well as meeting, lecture and classroom space.


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Selva Verde hosts many groups and opportunities for learning. We offer fully equipped meeting and lecture rooms to our guests.







dining2bDining OPTIONS and Bar

Our beautiful dining room is one of a kind. Over- looking the Sarapiquí River and serving the best in local and international cuisine.






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After a busy day experiencing all that Selva Verde has to offer the adventurous rainforest explorer can relax in our new "jungle" Pool.






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Visit our Gift Shop is where you can purchase personal items and mementos of your stay at the lodge.







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