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Welcome to Selva Verde



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. 


Reservations at Selva Verde Lodge



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There are three ways to make reservations here at Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve


Via Telephone


Receive the same great rates using any of our reservation operators.

  • For USA and Canadian guests: (800) 451-7111
  • For Costa Rican guests: 506-2761-1800
  • Outside Costa Rica, USA and Canada: 001-352-377-7111


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Explore Selva Verde

MORE than a lodge, a center for learning

Selva Verde offers unparalleled opportunities for close encounters with nature, exciting adventure activities, and comfortable rainforest accommodations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to providing an exciting and enriching experience for every guest. For international studies, meetings, and educational programs, make Selva Verde your center. We invite you to explore Selva Verde!


conference room 1 300x200Main Confrerence RoomCONFERENCE CENTER

Just 2 hours from San José, Selva Verde Lodge offers the amenities of an education and conference 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, situated on the forest edge or adjacent to the Sarapiquí River. The lodge is equipped with ample conference rooms and Wi-Fi. Selva Verde Lodge, in conjunction with Holbrook Travel, offers full-service event management, hosting up to 200 participants for formal presentations and workshops.



Learning 300x200Selva Verde is equipped with AV, audio and Wi-Fi.EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Selva Verde’s private reserve is the ideal basecamp for educational field programs in ecology, conservation, community development, and culture. 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.



ecology60Selva Verde surroundings are a natural classrom, plus nearby parks and activities support learning. ECOLOGY OF SELVA VERDE

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. 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. 




guideIIván Castillo Gomez grew up in Río Frío de Sarapiquí and heads our guiding services.NATURALIST GUIDES

Selva Verde is very fortunate to have excellent naturalist guides, who share their knowledge and appreciation of the flora and fauna of the rainforest with our guests to provide a true connection with Costa Rican nature and culture. These resident experts support our on-site and activity programs in conjunction with other local experts and visiting professionals.







The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) was founded in 1993 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. The SCLC offers community programs such as English classes, computer literacy, environmental education and after-school activities.


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Selva Verde Lodge & Holbrook Travel team up to support the Center for Responsible Travel

Bid on a Selva Verde travel package and help support sustainable tourism!

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...


What Do Others Say About Selva Verde? View our Guest Book.


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Nigel MarvenNigel MarvenRegister for Costa Rica’s International Herpetological Symposium, Sept 6-9, 2018

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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The blue-gray tanager

The blue-gray tanager (Thraupis episcopus) is one of about 230 species of tropical and subtropical tanagers, and one of the most common and unmistakable birds in Costa Rica. It is a generalist frugavore (fruit-eater), found in a great variety of different habitats, most often in pairs.

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Seen From Above: Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve

Innovative aerial, drone footage of Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

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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.