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Welcome to Selva Verde

A TRULY UNIQUE COSTA RICAN ECO-LODGE 

 

Culture and Community Activities

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Selva Verde is located in the heart of Costa Rica's Sarapiquí region, within the small village of Chilamate and close to the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. This area of Costa Rica is known for its amazing biodiversity, but it is also home to vibrant communities, banana and pineapple plantations, and the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center. We invite you to explore the communities surrounding Selva Verde through our cultural and agro tourism activities.

 TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Selva Verde Activities

Adventures in Agriculture will take you behind the scenes to learn first hand about the cultivation and processing of these important products.

Chocolate Tour - Discover Chocolate!

Discover how cacao seeds are transformed into one the world's favorite foods - chocolate! Visit a historical cacao plantation and learn about the natural and cultural history of cacao plant. Native to Central America, cacao was cultivated by Mayan, Aztec, and other Central American cultures before European explorers introduced it to the rest of the world.

 

Time: 8.00 AM, 10.00 AM, 1.30 PM, 3.00 PM
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Cost: Adults: $30, Children: $20
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

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 2.00 PM
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Cost: $46 per person
Transportation: included

 


The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center offers Selva Verde guests the opportunity to experience life in rural Costa Rica through meaningful service and immersion activities.

 

Community Service Projects

The Sarapiquí Region is one of the poorest counties in Costa Rica. Much of the local work is plantation work, either banana or pineapple. To build stronger communities and support local schools, Selva Verde partners with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center to link visitors interested in volunteering their time with projects where their assistance is needed.

Note: Projects must be arranged and scheduled 2 weeks in advance.

 

Time: Half day - 2 to 3 hours / Full day - 4 to 5 hours
Cost: $30 per person for half day / $50 per person for full day (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included - cost determined by location of service project

 


 

Visit a local School

Visit a local elementary school or high school and compare and contrast the Costa Rica education system with your own. Enjoy a guided tour led by the director, a teacher, and/or students, a presentation and a question/answer session. One third of each participant fee will go directly to the participating school

 

Time: Morning and Afternoons
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $16 per person (5 person minimum)
Transportation: not included - cost determined by school location

 


 

Costa Rican Cooking Classes

This class taught by a local community member, will offer you the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Costa Rican dishes.  You will learn about each fresh ingredient, and everyone participates in the cooking process. The menu choices consist of frescos (fruit juices), empanadas rellenas  (turnovers filled with beans and cheese), tortillas (flat bread), patacones (fried green plantains) or picadillo de chayote (water squash).  Enjoy trying all of your culinary creations at the end of the class!

 

Price: $90 groups of 1–5 people, $12 per additional person
Restrictions: 25 person max
Recommended time: Afternoons or evenings
Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours

 


 

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.

 

Selva Verde at Night

COSTA RICA RAINFOREST LODGE

After darkness falls in the Sarapiquí, a whole new world awakens. If you've still got an itch for adventure after dinner, we've got some options for you. Take a flashlight and explore the nocturnal rainforest, study bats at a science station, or learn some Latin dance steps with local community members!

 

TO RESERVE ACTIVITIES, PLEASE READ BELOW.


 

Night Hike With Selva Verde Naturalists

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

 


 

Bat Tour at Tirimbina Reserve

Did you know there are 113 species of bats in Costa Rica? Get to know the world of this important and often misunderstood mammal with a lecture on the lives and natural history of bats, followed by safe, close up observation of captured specimens. Learn about research methods while visiting the netting station where you will learn about the capture process. (Bats are captured and held for only two hours, and care is taken for their well being).

 

Time: 7:30
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Cost: Adult: $24 Children (6-11 Years): $18
Transportation: $40 round trip (1-4 passengers)

 


 

Latin Dance Class

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

 


 

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.

 

 

Community and Conservation Programs

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Tree planting at the Learning CenterSelva Verde is proud to partner with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) to offer students, educators, and other groups the opportunity to learn about the people and culture in our community. Founded in the 1990’s by Giovanna Holbrook and Selva Verde Lodge, the SCLC was established to promote conservation education in the communities surrounding Selva Verde. Today the SCLC is a fully independent nonprofit working to achieve a sustainable future for the people and wildlife of the region. Funded in part by its ecotourism activities, the SCLC offers opportunities for cultural exchange between visitors and local people through activities and service projects.

 

learning Programs in Community and conservation

Selva Verde and the SCLC can help you craft a unique service learning program or cultural immersion experience for your students. Or, choose from a variety of existing programs.  Click on any of the activities below to learn more

For more details about additional SCLC activities and detailed information on the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center please visit the SCLC WebsiteFor custom programs, please CONTACT US

sclc logo Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center is a non-profit conservation education organization in Costa Rica.

 

 

Environmental Education Programs

SELVA VERDE LODGE, COSTA RICA

Our rainforest reserve and accommodations are the ideal base camp for educational field programs in ecology, conservation, community development, and culture. In partnership with the SARAPIQUÍ CONSERVATION LEARNING CENTER , we can help you design a course to meet the academic needs of your student or teacher group. "El Centro Natural de Selva Verde" is your nature center, classroom, and laboratory!

 

bat9 1Data collection class at the Learning CenterA Variety  of Programs

Choose a fully developed Selva Verde Field Course or create a custom program. Either way, your students will have opportunities to explore, discover, imagine, and wonder. Our field based programs include:

  • Independent studies and scientific research
  • Field data collection
  • Workshops and guided hikes with expert naturalists
  • Investigation of environmental issues
  • Standards-based environmental education philosophy
  • Skills necessary to identify and solve environmental problems

To book your El Centro Natural de Selva Verde Field Course, please CONTACT US for details.

 

Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC)

SARAPIQUÍ, COSTA RICA

Founded in the mid-1990s 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. 

 

SCLCLearning Center FacilitiesMission of the SCLC

The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Our programs which are run by international volunteers and community members serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, rural tourism activities, English classes, community outreach, women’s groups, and scholarship funds for high school students.

SCLC Serves...

You, the Visitor

The SCLC gives visitors the opportunity to engage with local residents and international volunteers.

 

Learning Center StudentsThe Local Community
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 environmentally sustainable occupations to improve their job prospects.

 

 

 

The Environment
The SCLC leads conservation projects such as water quality monitoring and recycling.

 

new school cecosKids from a local SchoolSupport the SCLC

Participate in one of the activities held by the SCLC while visiting the lodge. Support a student high school scholarship by donating $250/yr for 5 years. Use your extra luggage space to bring a donation. Check out our listing at Pack for a Purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

Pack for a Purpose

Selva Verde Lodge encourages visitors to donate an economic or material donation to help support conservation enviromental and educational programs developed by the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center. Make a donation directly to the center by visiting the SCLC WEBSITE.

 

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