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+352-377-7111 Outside Costa Rica, USA and Canada


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Welcome to Selva Verde



Area Attractions

Costa Rica Adventure

Let Selva Verde Lodge be your Sarapiquí area headquarters. We can help you arrange day trips to these nearby Costa Rican riches.


La Selva Biological Station

selva01A living laboratory, adjacent to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva occupies over 3,500 acres of virgin rainforest. Twice daily guided hikes open the door to a rarely seen ecosystem where 1,000 types of trees, 420 bird species, and two-thirds of the nation's mammals thrive.

Adult Rate:  $28.00

Child Rate:  $20.00 from 5-12 years

Transportation:  $30.00



Arenal Volcano and National Park

arenal 05The typical cone shaped volcano in Arenal is the centerpiece of the National Park. Explore second growth rainforest on lava-encrusted trails to witness the power of the volcano, the tenacity of nature, and magnificence of Arenal Lake.

Adult & Child Rate:  $125.00






 Venado Caves

venado caves on the fortunaOnly the brave at heart dare enter the murky depths of Venado Caverns in an hour and a half long spelunking tour. Once submerged below the ocean's surface, the cave's chambers are made of calcium and lime deposits embedded with ancient marine fossils. During most of the year, a stream of runoff water creates an adventurous and wet trail from beginning to end.

Adult & Child Rate:  $15.00

Transportation:  $180.00



La Virgen de Socorro

birding 05 300x200Well off the beaten path, La Virgen de Socorro offers the best to bird and butterfly enthusiasts seeking tropical species of limited distribution. This relaxing hike is an easy way to enjoy the beautiful countryside while spotting riparian and mid-elevation species near Volcan Barva on the western edge of Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Full Day with Private Guide & Transportation:  $170.00
1-4 passengers from 6:00am - 5:00pm
(Transfer $70.00 Guide $100.00)

*Please keep in mind that the private birding guide is $100 net for a ½ day or full day


Poás Volcano and National Park

poasLocated a short 40-minute drive north of San Jose, a beautiful cloud forest opens to the scenic lookout over Laguna Botos, the cerulean-colored lake perched in the crater of Poas Volcano. This easily accessible volcano offers safe and close vantages of volcanic activity surrounded by rainforest in various stages of regrowth.

Adult & Child Rate:  $7.00

Transportation: $90.00




La Fortuna Waterfall

la fortuna waterfall 2Hike nearly 230 feet down a steep mountain trail to the bottom of the falls and enjoy a riverside picnic or swim in the refreshing waters at the base of La Fortuna waterfall. For added excitement, enjoy the scenic countryside on horseback to the park entrance.

Adult & Child Rate:   $125.00





La Paz Waterfall Gardens

la paz waterfallStunning waterfalls connected by well-groomed nature trails are the highlight of these beautiful gardens. Other attractions include a Butterfly Observatory and Hummingbird Gardens where 24 species of these diminutive avifauna can be seen.

Adult Rate:  $25.00 (with lunch $37.00)

Child (5-12 yrs) Rate:  $ 15.00 (with lunch $21.00)

Transportation:  $75.00 round trip


Additional Day Trips

Banana Plantation Visit

$7.00 per person

Groups of 1 to 15 people pay $100.00, after 15 additional people pay $7.00 per person


Braulio Carrillo National Park

Transportation- $ 60.00

No entrance fee


Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Reserve

Adult Rate: $15.00

Child Rate:  $10.00 CH from 5 to 12 Years

Transportation:  $15.00 

Duration 2 hours


Pineapple Tour

$15.00 per person

Transportation roundtrip $10.00


Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve (Sarapiquí Neotropical Center)

$17.00 per person

Transportation: $15.00

Duration 2 hours



Adult Rate:  $6.00

Child Rate (from 4-12 years):  $4.00

Duration 1 hour


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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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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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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.