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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard that La Selva was the #1 spot in Costa Rica for birding, so it was our most-anticipated location. We made reservations for an early morning bird tour a couple months in advance, with the plan to spend our entire day exploring the area. We received no correspondence, and saw nothing in their advertising, that said you had...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited La Selva for an afternoon guided hike while staying nearby. Our guide, Octavio, was outstanding. He found all sorts of wildlife and birds including a boa, howler monkeys, agouti, great curassow, sun bittern and the great green macaw among many others. As avid hikers, we really enjoyed our visit here. It is not a strenuous hike but is...

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Cocolalla, Idaho
Reviewed 14 January 2017

The 3 hour jungle tour was wonderful. The guide was knowledgeable and could see and hear many creatures. Close up observations. Saw old growth trees, many birds, plants, and bugs. Loved the leaf cutters and frogs.

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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed for 3 nights. It started with lots of rain, but we stayed around long enough for the weather to get better. In both rain amd sunshine, we watched lots of animals (more birds than you can imagine, lizards, frogs, two species of sloths, howler monkeys). The accomodation is basic, but that is what we expected....

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Baierbrunn, Germany
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great guided walk pointing out birds and mammals and of course leaf-cutter ants. We saw peccaries, frogs, monkeys, and lots of birds. The path was a flat walk through the forest making it easy for mom to get around.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Great three hour guided walk amongst their 4,000 acre secondary forest site. Lots of wildlife with plenty of bird life, frog life, interesting plants, bats, insects, butterflies etc. We even saw a yellow viper. Book in advance and highly recommended.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
Reviewed 30 December 2016

From my lodge I arrange a 6 AM birding hike where it was suggested that there are more birds than anywhere. Not that day! We saw few birds and no new ones for me. The guide was nice but not enthusiastic about showing be around. I understand that this can happen anywhere birding, but I was still disappointed in the...

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Thank Charlie D
Atlanta, GA
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We spent a fabulous full day of birdwatching (plus sloth, monkeys, peccaries, iguana) at La Selva. The biodiversity at this scientific center is fantastic. And our guide for the day, Octavio, showed us far more than we could have hoped to spot for ourselves. We saw motmot, tinamou, sun bittern and several other species that we saw nowhere else in...

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

My friend and I paid $30 each for entrance and a 3 hour tour of the station which we were really looking forward to-I had heard from many people (including colleagues at the wildlife travel company that I work for, which sends lots of clients here) that this research station would be one of the main highlights of our visit...

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Thank Sara F
Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We were led around the grounds by Lenin Duarte but did not lodge at the station (It was $35USD each to get in to the reserve). We thoroughly enjoyed Lenin's expertise developed over 9 years at the station. We have some nice photos, especially of the Trogons, that we saw and are posted at my Flickr album. Visiting & touring...

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Address: Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Price Range: $136 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Selva Biological Station 2.5*
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“If you only do a half day, go for the morning tour.”
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“If you don't mind a half mile hike, get a room on the station side of the river.”
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“This is not a hotel, some level of lodging may be available but we didn't use it”
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