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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve ("Selva Verde Lodge", Holbrook Travel, "we" or "us" as the context provides) values your privacy as a user of this site and other web sites operated or provided by Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve (collectively, the 'Sites'). Your use of the Sites is governed by the Terms of Use and disclaimer. Please read the following to learn more about Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve policy with respect to our collection, use and disclosure of personal information. If you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy or the privacy practices of Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Collection Information

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve collects personal information when you inquire about our services and products, when you fill out surveys, and when you participate in promotions or other programs that we may hold from time to time. Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve may combine information about you with information we obtain from our affiliated companies.

Personal Information that we collect may include your name, contact information (such as email address, mailing address, telephone and fax number) demographic information (such as gender, age and occupation), and personal preferences, such as preferences with respect to property rental and purchasing.

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve automatically receives and records information on our server lots, which information may include your computer's IP address and "cookie" information. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer. The only information a cookie can collect is information supplied by you. A cookie cannot read data off of your computer. If you have set your browsers to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You may configure your internet browser software to disable cookies, though your ability to access some web pages may be affected.


Use of Information

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve will use information supplied by you to fulfill your request for information about our products and services, and as otherwise reasonably required to provide services and products to you.

We may also use information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to statistically analyze usage of the Sites, and to improve our Sites and better tailor them to meet our users' needs. We may also use your contact information to contact you regarding administrative notices from time to time.


Disclosure of Information

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve does not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except with your permission or under the following circumstances; to meet legal or regulatory requirements, to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, upon Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve being legally required by or merged with another company.



Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve takes steps to protect our users' personal information. We limit access to personal information to individuals who we reasonably believe need to access the information to utilize the information as set out in the Privacy Policy.



Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of web sites operated by third parties. This privacy policy applies solely to information collect through the Site.


Changes to the Privacy Policy

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Policy to remain informed of the current practices of Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve.



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


Education Programs

site-based study abroad

Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve provides an exceptional backdrop to explore topics of natural history or to use the surrounding environment as part of your international teaching strategies for global literacy. Selva Verde’s private reserve is the ideal basecamp for educational field programs in ecology, conservation, community development, and culture.

learning centerLearning Center Students, Selva Verde LodgeDESIGNED FOR STUDENT LEARNING
An ideal control site for graduate, undergraduate, or advanced high school studies, the site is equipped with classrooms, dormitory accommodation, Wi-Fi, and a basic wet lab facility, offering an ideal backdrop for annual student studies in a variety of research applications. In conjunction with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, an on-site educational non-profit organization, we can help you design a course to meet the academic needs of your group.

Fields of Study:  Forest Fragmentation | Community Development | Climate Change | Ecosystem Analysis | Botanical Diversity | Mammal Diversity | Entomology | Ornithology | Agricultural Impact | Citizen Science


K-12 Curriculums 
Discover the mysteries of the rainforest through our El Centro Natural ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMSExplore the link between COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION Programs with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center.


Students at the Learning Center, Selva Verde LodgeHIgher Ed CURRICULUMS
Selva Verde is an ideal base for university immersion programs and educator professional development workshops. Our rainforest reserve makes an ideal rainforest research site. Our close proximity to San Jose, OTS La Selva Biological Station, and several of Costa Rica's famous national parks allow access to extended learning and exploration. Please CONTACT US for information on how to create a unique field study for your students.




Long revered for research in the natural sciences, Selva Verde provides a solution for faculty-led long-term tropical science research without expenses from consortium or member fees, while accessing both primary and secondary forest with ease.


foto miti 1 Lesser anteater, Selva Verde LodgeIDEAL LOCATION FOR EXPLORATION
Selva Verde alone is home to 300 species of birds, 330 species of trees, 120 species of mammals, and countless other plant and insect species. It is also a part of the Mesoamerican Bio-Corridor, an international initiative to link forested land between Mexico and Panama to protect the abundant biodiversity of species and habitats in the region.





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. 

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SARAPIQUÍ, COSTA RICA - Costa Rica’s IV International Herpetological Symposium will be held in the lowland tropical rainforests of Sarapiquí, at Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve and environs. The Symposium will feature presentations and lectures about herpetology in broad sense by organizations and individuals. Come and learn about new findings and research from all over the Americas and beyond! 

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


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The Rediscovery of a Species at Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve

It has been 44 years since Furipterus horrens, aka the Thumbless Bat, has been documented in Costa Rica—and today we are sharing the groundbreaking news of its reemergence at Selva Verde Lodge.

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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.