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Welcome to Selva Verde



Tortuguero & the Sarapiquí Package

Enjoy the best of two worlds


Selva Verde and Grupo Pachira Present: Tortuguero & the Sarapiquí

Enjoy the best of two worlds with our specially priced all-inclusive package

Selva Verde and Grupo Pachira are working together to offer our guests a unique opportunity to explore both Tortuguero and the Sarapiquí with an exclusive 4 night package; including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation in two of Costa Rica’s premier destinations.


tortuguero 01 300x200Green sea turtle at Tortuguero, Costa RicaPackage Details

5 days/4 nights (2 nights at Pachira or Evergreen Lodge, 2 nights at Selva Verde Lodge)
$568 per person, triple/quad occupancy
$730 per person, double occupancy
$933 per person, single occupancy traveling solo
$335 per child (ages 5-11 years)


Optional Night in San Jose: Arrive in San Jose at Hotel Balmoral, and spend the afternoon exploring the City Center with easy walking access to the National Theatre, National Museum, and shopping. Stay in a deluxe room, followed by buffet breakfast before returning to the airport.


Package includes

Transportation to and from San Jose, lodging, meals, scheduled activities, transportation, and taxes at Pachira or Evergreen and Selva Verde.

Rates do not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, or optional activities.



tortuguero 04 300x200Tortuguero Channels, Costa RicaDay one: Early morning transfer from San Jose to Guapiles, enjoy breakfast, visit a banana processing plant (subject to availability), and board a boat to Pachira or Evergreen Lodge. Enjoy a cocktail and lunch at Pachira or Evergreen Lodge. Visit a museum, go to the beach, and explore the town of Tortuguero. Dinner served at the lodge.

Day two: Optional tour of canals at dawn, breakfast at the lodge, hike forest trails or take a boat ride along the canals, lunch at the lodge, explore at leisure the trails and canals. Dinner at lodge, optional night tour to search for nesting sea turtles (July –September)

Day three: Breakfast at the Lodge, depart by boat for Guapiles. Lunch in Guapiles, and transfer to Selva Verde Lodge. Settle in, explore the grounds, gardens, river and bridge. Dinner at lodge, followed by guided night hike searching for nocturnal wildlife.

Day four: Breakfast at the lodge, followed by guided hike in the primary forest reserve across the river. Lunch at the lodge, followed by afternoon white water rafting trip on the Sarapiquí River (class II/III). Dinner served at the lodge.

Day 5: Breakfast at the lodge. Relax, explore, or enjoy one of many optional activities available. Check out, enjoy a last lunch at the lodge. Depart with transfer to San Jose (or other location, where additional fees may apply).



Green sea turtle, TortugueroPachira or Evergreen Lodge: Visit the world famous Tortuguero National Park and enjoy the biodiversity and natural splendors within. Tortuguero is home to capuchin, spider, and howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, sloths, 60 species of amphibians, 300 species of birds, 30 species of freshwater fish, and beautiful tropical vegetation. Sea turtles can be found nesting on the beaches here July – September. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds, comfortable lodging, and exceptional service at Pachira or Evergreen Lodge. Relax at the pool, explore the forest trails and canals, and savor the tropical nature experience. Both Pachira Lodge and Evergreen Lodge are located in Tortuguero and are run by Grupo Pachira. They have the exact same sustainability certificates, quality and service standards, as well as the same packages and rates. Feel free to choose which of their two lodges you'd like to stay in.


Green-poison dart frog, SarapiquíGreen-poison dart frog, SarapiquíSelva Verde Lodge: Visit the acclaimed private 500 acre rainforest reserve in the Sarapiquí Region, enjoying the lush, wildlife filled grounds on the banks of the Sarapiquí River. Selva Verde is home to howler monkeys, iguanas, poison dart frogs, tree frogs, 300 species of birds including toucans, great green macaws, and hummingbirds, 330 species of trees, and many other species of amphibians, reptiles, and plants. Enjoy guided hikes in the rainforest, white water rafting, and exploring the grounds and river. Relax in a hammock, swim in the pool, and relish the comforts and services provided by Selva Verde’s wonderful staff. Prepare to be amazed by the rainforest and its inhabitants.


Hotel Balmoral in San Jose (optional): Stay in a deluxe room at the beautiful Hotel Balmoral, located in the heart of San Jose. Stroll through the bustling pedestrian center, people watch in the city park, visit the National Museum and Theatre, restaurants and shopping centers for a taste of urban Costa Rica.


For more information or to make a reservation:

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To learn more about Pachira Lodge visit http://www.pachiralodge.com
To learn more about Evergreen Lodge visit http://evergreentortuguero.com/index.html


SVLTOPLOGO Sarapiqui Special

Birding Activities



Keel-billed Toucans, Great Green Macaws, Wood Thrushes, Grey-necked Wood Rails, Sun bitterns and Violet Crowned Woodnymphs are just a few of the birds that inhabit the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve. For decades, Selva Verde has been a birding hotspot - captivating beginner and expert alike.




Early Morning Bird Walks at Selva Verde

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



Guided Nature Walk

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 / 2:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $25, Children 6-11 $12,5, under 6 free



Birding Packages
Selva Verde offers day trips as well as multi night packages featuring Bird Route Sites and Sarapiquí birding Hotspots. Let us take care of the details while you focus on the birds. View birding packages.




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.


Packing Hints

Costa Rica Travel

Here is a list of items that our visitors have found helpful for travelling in Costa Rica.
Remember, experienced travelers pack light and fast drying clothing is highly recommended!

Print a packing list




  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Prescription glasses/sunglasses (extra pair)
  • Contact lens supplies
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Plastic bags
  • Backpack or fanny pack




  • Undergarments (bring extra)
  • Swimsuit
  • At least 1 pair nylon shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Walking or sport shorts
  • 1 pair cotton pants (for horseback riding)
  • 1 pair lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
  • 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 windbreaker or rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Long socks if you plan to wear the rubber boots provided at the lodge for guided hikes
  • Sport sandals or water shoes (for white-water rafting)


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


Passport & Visa Information

Costa Rica trip


All international guests

Adults and children need a passport to visit Costa Rica. It is recommended and often required that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date.


For U.S. guests

We recommend the following resources to help you obtain the documents you'll need:

Passport Application: Instructions on how and where to apply or print passport applications.


For other international guests

Contact your government officials for passport information.


Will you need a visa?

Please contact the nearest Costa Rican embassy for details.


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