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Welcome to Selva Verde

A TRULY UNIQUE COSTA RICAN ECO-LODGE 

 

About Selva Verde Lodge

A Costa Rica Rainforest Lodge

Eco Tourism Lodge

  • selvaverde images 026We are what we believe.
  • We preserve because we believe in nature.
  • We teach because we believe in sharing.
  • We are sustainable because we believe in the future.
  • This is the reason for Selva Verde.
  • The everlasting green rainforest

 

 The Selva Verde Story:

Selva Verde's story begins with Giovanna Holbrook and her mission to preserve a patch of Costa Rican rainforest. Once on the verge of destruction, Selva Verde protects nearly 500 acres of tropical forest and is home to one of Costa Rica's premier eco-lodges. Read more...

 

Selva Verde's Nature is Legendary:

Howler monkeys, red-eyed tree frogs, mot-mots, and kinkajous are just a few of the creatures that call Selva Verde home! The Selva Verde Nature Reserve is refuge to 300+ species of birds, 120 species of mammals, numerous amphibians and reptiles, and countless invertebrates. Selva Verde has earned its reputation as the most accessible rainforest in Costa Rica. Come and experience our abundant biodiversity!

 

Experience Selva Verde:

Do more! Learn more! Be our guest in this magical world. Explore our rainforest, discover our wildlife, raft on our river, and relax in our hammocks. Selva Verde offers visitors unparalleled opportunities for close encounters with nature, exciting adventure activities, and comfortable rainforest accommodations.

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Activities: Explore Selva Verde's wild side

Facilities: Discover our Lodge and Grounds

 

A Sustainable Future for Selva Verde:

Selva Verde – the everlasting green forest. What started out as an effort to protect a patch of rainforest has evolved into a vision for a sustainable future – not only for Selva Verde, but also for the people and wildlife that call it home. As a pioneer in the field of ecotourism, Selva Verde continues that tradition through our sustainability initiatives and partnerships. Find out more...

 

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Ecology of Selva Verde

COSTA RICA ECO TOURISM HEADQUARTERS


Selva Verde's 500 acre Sarapiquí Rainforest Preservation Area provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, animals, reptiles, insects, and plants. Eco tourism enthusiasts will discover great wildlife viewing and other rainforest adventures, such as white water rafting, canopy zip lining and hiking, in our reserve and in the Sarapiquí region.

 

Selva Verde LodgeElevated wood corridor, Selva Verde LodgeThe Ecology of Costa Rica and the Region

Costa Rica has protected more than 2.7 million acres of microclimates with 75 national parks and reserves. Many of these parks, gardens, waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, birding and wildlife habitats are located close to Selva Verde's Costa Rica eco lodge. 

Day trips to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Arenal and Poas Volcanoes, and countless other attractions can be arranged as day trips from the lodge. Selva Verde Lodge's van and driver or another qualified transportation providers make this easy to arrange. Selva Verde is also one of the established sites on the new Costa Rican Bird Route. The route is the first of its kind in Central America and allows birders access to primary rainforest and excellent bird watching programs in the San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor.

The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, funded by community rural tourism activities, offers cultural exchanges with local people through cultural activities home stays, activities, service projects and more.

Explore Our Outdoor Classroom Further:

The Jungles of Selva Verde
The Plants of Selva Verde
Biological Corridors of Selva Verde
Bird Routes of Selva Verde

 

 

Nature Discovery Activities

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Explore the natural splendors of the Sarapiquí Region, both on the grounds of Selva Verde and in the surrounding area. Join our resident naturalists on guided hikes and discover the flora and fauna of the old growth and secondary forest in our 500 acre reserve, take a boat ride on the Sarapiquí River, and visit the nearby parks, reserves and gardens. Our lodge is a wonderful place for discovering and learning about the abundant wildlife and biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest.


 TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Guided Nature Walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest 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

 


 

Night 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

 


 

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: Adults $25, Children 6-11 $12.5, under 6 free

 


 

La Selva Biological Station

A haven for tropical researchers for nearly half a century, La Selva Biological Station is a living laboratory. Located adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva protects over 3,500 acres of virgin rainforest. Twice daily guided hikes allow access to a portion of the field station trails and offer insight into the history of the Organization of Tropical Studies. Some trails are accessible for the physically challenged.

 

Short walk Tours:
Time: 8 AM or 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: Adults - $35 / Children (5-11) - $28
Transportation: $50 round trip (1-4 passengers)

Long walk Tours:
Time: 8 AM
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: Adults - $45 / Children (5-11) - $33
Transportation: $50 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Day Trip Adventures:

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall

Explore Costa Rica's most active volcano - Arenal! Walk through second growth rainforest on lava-encrusted trails and witness the power of an active volcano and views of magnificent Arenal Lake. Complete your day with an adventurous 230 foot hike down to the bottom of la Fortuna waterfall. Enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters at the base of the falls.

 

Time: Flexible departure time
Duration: All day
Cost: Since Arenal Volcano is National Park, each person is required to pay the park entrance fee of $15 per person. Also the entrance fee to La Fortuna Waterfall is $15 per person. Lunch is not included, you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch in one of the restaurants near the volcano.
Guide: A local bilingual guide may be hired for both Arenal and the Falls for $150/day
Transportation: $220 roundtrip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Cinco Ceibas Adventure parkl

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve & Adventure Park covers 1,100 hectares of private reserve, including 600 hectares of primary forest. Visit the Boardwalk in the morning, the only elevated boardwalk in Costa Rica. After lunch, you can choose on of three additional activities, guided kayak down the Rio Cuarto River, a horse back ride through protected rainforest and secondary reforestation or the Oxen Cart Tour admiring tropical flowers while learning about the history of the local area. The full day tour includes transportation. 

 

Time: 8:30 am
Duration: 3-6 hours
Cost: Adults: $89 / Children (4-14): $45 (Minimum 2 pax for the tour)
Transportation: included in the price

 


 

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.


 

 

Wildlife Checklists for Selva Verde

Birdwatching List

Fauna List 

 

Selva Verde Photo Gallery

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Active Adventures

SELVA VERDE LOGDGE, COSTA RICA

Selva Verde offers exciting adventure activities for the most energetic eco traveler! Experience the wild side of Costa Rica as you raft the Sarapiquí River, ride through the countryside on horseback, and zip line through the rainforest canopy.

 

TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Selva Verde Activities

Hike the Almendro Trail

Our reserve is home to one of the oldest and largest remaining Almendro Trees in all of Central America. This towering beauty is nearly 600 years old and provides food and shelter to thousands of organisms, including the endangered Great Green Macaw, who favors the fruit of the Almendro. Explore the depths of the Selva Verde Reserve with a naturalist guide to learn about this important tree and other flora and fauna you’ll encounter along the way.

 

Time: According availability of guide
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: Adults $56, Children $28

 


 

Guided Nature Walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest 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

 


 

Night 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

 


 

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 AM or 2 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 and 1.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: $46 per person
Transportation: included

 


 

Canopy Zip Line 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 AM or 2 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: Adult: $56 per person. Children $48
Transportation: Included

 


 

Day Trip Adventures: 

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall

Explore Costa Rica's most active volcano - Arenal! Explore second growth rainforest on lava-encrusted trails and witness the power of an active volcano and views of magnificent Arenal Lake. Complete your day with an adventurous 230 foot hike down to the bottom of la Fortuna waterfall. Enjoy a riverside snack and a swim in the refreshing waters at the base of the falls.

 

Time: 8 AM departure
Duration: All day
Cost: Since Arenal Volcano is National Park, each person is required to pay the park entrance fee of $15 per person. Also the entrance fee to La Fortuna Waterfall is $15 per person. Lunch is not included, you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch in one of the restaurants near the volcano.
Guide: A local bilingual guide may be hired for both Arenal and the Falls for $150/day
Transportation: $220 roundtrip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Cinco Ceibas Adventure park

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve & Adventure Park covers 1,100 hectares of private reserve, including 600 hectares of primary forest. Visit the Boardwalk in the morning, the only elevated boardwalk in Costa Rica. After lunch, you can choose on of three additional activities, guided kayak down the Rio Cuarto River, a horse back ride through protected rainforest and secondary reforestation or the Oxen Cart Tour admiring tropical flowers while learning about the history of the local area. The full day tour includes transportation.

 

Time: 8:30 am
Duration: 3-6 hours
Cost: Adults: $89 / Children (4-14) $45 (Minimum 2 pax for the tour).
Transportation: included in the price)

 


 

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.

 

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Many of our guests are well-accustomed to spotting a myriad of birds, insects, reptiles and other species throughout the 500-acre preserve. It is less common, however, to come face-to-face with some of the larger mammals. Now, thanks to Selva Verde’s new camera-trap station, we have visual evidence from images taken on the grounds of Selva Verde, featuring some of the reserve’s more elusive residents.

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Selva Verde began with one woman's dream of preserving nearly 500 acres of endangered tropical forest and the multitude of species that call it home.

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