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Welcome to Selva Verde




frequently asked questions

Click on any of the frequently asked questions below to find out more about Selva Verde. Naturally, feel free to contact us if you have any other questions!

How do I get to Selva Verde?

Please find maps and directions here.

What is there to do in the area?

Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve offers you a wide range of activities . Our location also gives you easy access to several national parks, research stations, privately operated reserves, and a variety of fun day trips.

Do the rooms have hot water?

Rain or shine our solar panels provide hot water. 

Do the rooms have air conditioning?

Our newly renovated Bungalow rooms are now equipped with A/C and are the only rooms with this amenity. All of our other River Lodge rooms offer ceiling fans and wrap around screens in each room providing ample ventilation and a comfortable rainforest experience.

Do you offer laundry service?

Yes, we are pleased to offer laundry services to our guests. The cost, with a 24 hour notice, is $1 per pound of laundry. Laundry bags are provided in each room for your convenience.

Does the lodge offer Internet access to guests?

Yes, on a limited basis. The speed is adequate but there can be times when it is not reliable. Currently there is one computer available for guest use in the TV/Computer room near the front desk and reservations office. Please ask the front desk for assistance.

Is bottled water available for purchase?

Yes, bottled water may be purchased at the Selvita Bar or personal water bottles may be filled at designated refill stations on lodge grounds.

Is drinking water provided?

Yes, purified water dispensers with hot and cold water are available in various locations around the lodge.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica?

All year! Expect more rainfall during afternoon showers from mid-March to early-November and drier conditions from mid-November to late-February. Temperatures remain in the mid-80s to 90s during most of the year.

When is the best time to visit?

Read about Costa Rican weather and other country information here.

Can you help me make other travel arrangements?

Absolutely! Our reservations agents are skilled at customizing your travel adventure throughout Costa Rica and many other Latin American destinations.

Do you offer non-smoking rooms?

All rooms at Selva Verde Lodge are non-smoking.

Is there a conference room available for groups?

Yes, we have a conference room that accommodates 45 people comfortably. Please ask your reservations specialist to reserve a room for your group.

Can I book my room without meals?

Yes, when making reservations, specify your meal request.

Do you offer vegetarian meals?

Yes. Please mention your meal requests when making lodge reservations.

Are there discounted rates for children?

Yes, we are family friendly! Please visit this page for details.

What form of payment do you accept?

When making reservations for lodging, we accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover Card, and Diners Club in addition to personal or business checks. During your stay, VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the lodge.

How do I make an international phone call?

We have telephones in each room and a phone system which allows for credit card or calling card calls at specified rates. Additionally, pre-paid international calling cards, which may be purchased at established businesses throughout Costa Rica can be used at reception.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, we are happy to offer discounts to groups based on size and travel dates. Please speak with our reservation agents for more details.

Do you offer commission to travel agents?

Yes, please speak with our reservation agents about qualifying for agency commission.

What time is check in / check out?

Check in: 2:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM - noon


Conference Center

Symposia, Seminars, and Retreats

Just 2 hours from San José, Selva Verde Lodge offers the amenities of an education and conferencing center in the heart of a rainforest reserve. The lodge offers total occupancy of 120-140 guests dependent on room configuration, and a variety of room types – from climate-controlled rooms to private bungalows, or situated on the forest edge or adjacent to the Sarapiquí River.

Conference room3 300x200Main conference roomSELVA VERDE IS AN IDEAL SITE FOR:

  • Scientific societies and association meetings
  • Sustainable tourism and conservation events
  • Recreation education forums
  • Experiential and immersive outdoor learning
  • Wellness and personal development retreats
  • Executive retreats in immersive





conference room 1 300x200Flexible room settingsMeeting Facilities

  • Main Conference Room - This air-conditioned room seats 200 people in theater configuration, with contemporary presentation equipment and a glass wall overlooking the forest.
  • Nature’s Classroom - Located amid the gardens with full view of the natural surroundings, this room is equipped with a dry erase board, retractable projection screen, and speakers, comfortably seating 45.
  • Outdoor Classrooms - Lectures or classes can be also be held in an outdoor meeting area, and similar equipment can be arranged.




Conference room2 300x200Full-service event managementCOMPLETE EVENT MANAGEMENT
Selva Verde Lodge, in conjunction with Holbrook Travel, offers full-service event management, hosting up to 200 participants for formal presentations, workshops throughout the property, and daily integrated activities focused on experiential learning, discovery, exploration, and community exchange. Event services include:

  • Local activity travel planning, options, and selection
  • Full board lodging
  • International group air contracts from the US
  • Transport to/from and throughout event


Selva Verde provides an exceptional backdrop to explore topics of interest to your organization or institution. 

Selva Verde Activities - On Site

AT SELVA VERDE LODGE and Rainforest reserve


Our lodge is a wonderful place for discovering and learning about the abundant wildlife and biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest. Choose from a variety of activities on our premises. 




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




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 am
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $27, Children 6-11 $13.5, under 5 Free




Dancing is the soul of Latin America! If you have ever wanted to learn Latin dancing then this is the class for you! Merenge, 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




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




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.


Our Community


Selva Verde Lodge is surrounded by one of the most vibrant communities in Costa Rica. Located at the junction of Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí rivers, the area has been a favorite destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Once you enter the area, it is not hard to understand why it is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. The area is very close to several protected zones such as Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station.


SCLCSarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, founded in 1993. THE SARAPIQUÍ CONSERVATION LEARNING CENTER (SCLC)

The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) was founded in 1993 by the Holbrook family and Selva Verde Lodge. Today it is 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. 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 sustainable occupations to improve their job prospects. 


selvaverde small 23 Tourism transportation by boat, Sarapiquí RiverABOUT SARAPIQUÍ

The Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica is in close proximity to some of the most exciting destinations in Costa Rica. Sarapiquí is the tenth Canton of the province of Heredia and it is by far the largest, comprising almost three quarters of the entire province. Sarapiquí has a population of 55,000 and five districts: Puerto Viejo, La Virgen, Horquetas, Llanuras del Gaspar and Cureña. Sarapiquí is largely agricultural with a network of important waterways such as El Angel waterfall, La Paz Waterfall, El Congo lagoon, and the Sarapiquí River.



foto miti 086 300x200Water dog or Nutria, Sarapiquí River A PLACE TO EXPLORE AND LEARN

Sarapiquí is also a gateway to many outstanding locations such as the Poás Volcano, along the ranges to the southwest, and Tortuguero National Park, further to the east on the Caribbean coast. Selva Verde provides an extensive collection of activities from the lodge. Sarapiquí offers 6 of the 8 tourism categories established by the Costa Rican Tourist Board: traditional tours, natural history tours, adventure activities, sport fishing, elder tours, and bird watching tours. Its varied landscapes contain tremendous biodiversity; with 3000 species of plants, 425 species of birds, 450 species of ants, and 142 species of mammals, among many others.


Announcing Selva Verde's New Website

New photos, recent news, travel packages and more - all mobile friendly!

If you're noticing a different look to our website, you're not imagining it. We've just launched a new website design with information to make it easier for our guests. We've chosen colors to mirror our natural surroundings and our gallery and accommodations sections provide a more vivid picture of the lodging experience. Plus, you can view the website easily from any mobile device. While we loved our old website, it was time to make a change - we hope you will like it! Feel free to provide any feedback as we want to continually improve the visitor experience, not just at the lodge. 


PhotoGalleryNew Photo Gallery

 you're invited to surf our website

Check our the new photo gallery, review our FAQs, or read our blog posts. In addition to our posts on Facebook and other social media, we have a new blog for past and upcoming news. 

View new room categories

Check our the new photos of the accommodations which now features six different room categories: Pioneer Rooms (new), Sarapiquí Rooms, Bungalows, Casona Rainforest Suite, Chilamate Rooms and the Chilamate Apartment.


new website features

  • Streamlined information on programs, activities and accommodations
  • Mobile friendly for viewing on any device, phone or tablet
  • Larger photo galleries for accommodations and new photo gallery section
  • Blog posts with information on recent activities and upcoming events
  • Detailed information about the area, the learning opportunities, and maps
  • Section for Conference and Event organizers
  • More to come!



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Puma SVL webNew Camera-Trap Station in Action

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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Birding at La Selva by Christa Markley

Trip Report: Understanding Costa Rica’s Conservation Success Story

Participants at CRIBC in November learned more about Costa Rica's pioneering ecotourism.


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Amos Bien

Update from the SCLC: Saying goodbye to Amos Bien

On November 19, we bid farewell to a pioneer in sustainable tourism, a founding member of the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center Board, and dear friend, Amos Bien. 


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The Selva Verde Story

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.