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Selva Verde Lodge

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Sustainable Tourism Rating (?)
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Prices
Starting at $137 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Selva Verde Lodge in Costa Rica’s Sarapiquí county offers comfort amid a bounty of natural beauty that includes toucans, macaws, monkeys, flowers and large trees. The rooms are nicely equipped with ceiling fans and many other amenities. The lodge, only a couple of hours from San José , the capital of Costa Rica, provides a variety of exciting activities for visitors.

Overview

Selva Verde Lodge
Selva Verde Lodge

At Selva Verde Lodge, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of the primary rainforest of Costa Rica. Listen to the calls of macaws and toucans and the songs of frogs as you relax on a balcony overlooking the jungle. Smell the aromas of heliconia and other tropical flowers after an evening thunderstorm.

View the giant trees and ferns of the preserve from the comfort of a hammock. It is an experience that will stay with you long after you have returned home.

Located on more than 500 acres of protected land, Selva Verde Lodge offers a comfortable and beautiful base from which to enjoy nature at its most biodiverse. Hundreds of creatures live in the forest from howler monkeys to wild cats to reptiles, amphibians and colorful butterflies and moths.

Located just a couple of hours from San José, Selva Verde Lodge allows visitors close views of amazing animals while maintaining a high level of comfort. You can go for a hike deep into the old growth forest, uncovering its secrets, and then return to relax on the verandah in a hammock. Naturalist guides and friendly staff help you enjoy your stay to the fullest.

The dream for the lodge began in 1982 when Giovana Holbrook, a pioneer in ecotourism, put down a payment on a large tract of old-growth forest. Over the next several years, she guided the creation of the lodge, first as a place for researchers to study and then eventually as a haven in the jungle for travelers to enjoy nature. Today the lodge attracts nature enthusiasts from around the globe and is committed to its original vision of sustainable tourism.

The eco-lodge features 47 airy and open guestrooms that are equipped with ceiling fans, wood or tile floors, balcony and private bathroom with shower. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, gardens, restaurant and bar/lounge, conference space and gift shops. There is ample community space to lounge in comfort just a few feet from the splendor of the rainforest.

You can keep active with a variety of activities that bring you up close to the diverse flora and fauna of this protected area of Costa Rica. Guided bird watching walks to see hummingbirds and jacamars, hiking and biking trails to enjoy on your own, or night hikes to look for owls and other nocturnal denizens are all available on site. Kayaking and rafting options are available nearby.

Key Features

Pool at Selva Verde Lodge
Pool at Selva Verde Lodge
  • Eco-Lodge near Sarapiqui River
  • Certification - Sustainable Tourism
  • Elevated River Lodge Rooms
  • Tropical Garden Bungalows
  • Large & Small Conference Rooms
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Dining Room and Bar
  • Nearby River and Rainforest Activities
Prices
Starting at $137 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Amenities

Bar
Breakfast Included
Cable TV
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Fan
Gift Shop
Hair Dryer
Handicapped Accessible
Hotel near Forest
Internet Available
Pool
Restaurant On Site
Security Box
Smoke Free Rooms
Tour Desk
Wi-Fi Internet

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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve - Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Welcome to Selva Verde Lodge. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of some of the Costa Rican wildlife that can be found in our 500-acre rainforest reserve

Rooms

Sarapiquí Room at Selva Verde Lodge
Sarapiquí Room at Selva Verde Lodge

With 47 guestrooms, the lodge has a wide variety of choices that will suit singles, doubles and families. For families, the rooms offer free cribs or infant beds and rollaway or extra beds for a charge. All rooms include the following:

  • Private bathroom with shower

  • Free parking

  • Free Breakfast

  • Hair Dryer

  • Ceiling fan


Each room choice is designed with the comfort of the guest in mind, as well as maximizing contact with nature.

Sarapiquí Room - These quiet rooms, located near the Sarapiquí River, provide two double or queen beds, reading lamp and telephone, desk and room safe, and screened windows with privacy shutters.

Bungalows – Nicely tucked into the forest, these rooms offer air-conditioning and ceiling fans, mini fridge and coffee maker, patio area, screened windows and private baths. The rooms are ideal for honeymooners or for those who want extra privacy.

Pioneer Rooms – These rooms are perfect for singles, contain one comfortable queen bed, are near the main building and have WiFi access and air conditioning.

La Casona Rainforest Suite – This suite offers two comfortable bedrooms, a kitchen, washer and dryer, cable TV and WiFi, a verandah with a view and extra space for games and relaxing. It is the ultimate lodging for small groups or families to experience the wonders of Costa Rica. It requires a minimum stay of two nights.

Chilamate Apartment – This is another option if you need a large amount of space, as it comes with two bedrooms, full kitchen and living area, private balcony, washer and dryer and laundry sink and cable TV and free WiFi.

Chilamate Room – This room offers two king beds, a dressing and sitting area, air conditioning, desk and free WiFi, and it faces the Sarapiquí River.

Prices
Starting at $137 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Activities

Activities at Selva Verde Lodge are designed for your enjoyment and are usually focused on the beautiful nature of this reserve. The walks and classes have set schedules offered every week, charge a fee, and are led by accomplished staff and naturalists. They can last from one to four hours.

Guided Nature Walk - This walk teaches visitors about the nature of the area, from the names of plants and animals to their role in the complex ecosystem of the tropical rainforest. You may encounter monkeys, toucans and mot-mots and poison dart frogs.

Early Morning Bird Walk – The bird hikes begin at around dawn, when the birds are at their most active. An expert guide will bring a scope and identify birds.

Night Hike – Exploring the jungle at night with a flashlight is always a favorite for kids and adults. Interesting creatures such as large spiders, scorpions, frogs, bats, moths and even kinkajous have been spotted.

Almendro Trail – This is a four-hour hike, deep into the forest, to see one of the largest Almendro trees in the world. The giant, 600-year old tree provides food and cover for hundreds of species, including the endangered great green macaw.

Latin Dance Class – Learn the basics of Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia dancing from a local instructor versed in the art of Latin America dancing.

Tours Offered

Bird Watching
Canopy Tours / Zip Line
Family Friendly Tours
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
Night Hikes
Swiming
White Water Kayaking
White Water Rafting
Wildlife Viewing

Location & Map

Northern Caribbean Map
Northern Caribbean  Map
Selva Verde Lodge is located in the jungle near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqupí

Rates

Prices Starting at $137 (USD) / night
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Customer Reviews for Selva Verde Lodge

Overall Rating
4 of 54 of 54 of 54 of 54 of 5
Based on 2 reviews

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Karen
From: United States3/17/2009
 
"If you are a nature enthusiast, as I am, you will enjoy Selva Verde Lodge. Located in the rain forest it has many trails to hike a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles comfortable lodging beautiful surroundings and the friendliest staff you want to encounter. What a thrill to wake up to the howler monkey calls and to see the tiny blue jeans frog. I wish I had more time to spend at the lodge (perhaps next time). Wear those boots - they are a godsend!!!
PURA VIDA!!!!!"
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
2
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
2
 

3 of 53 of 53 of 5
Anonymous
From: United States10/13/2005
 
"This is a great hotel.. for some people that is! I did not personally like it because it seemed a little bit primitive with the paper thin walls and screened windows and no a/c... some people enjoy that but I'm just not one of those people! It wasn't necessarily a bad experience, but I'd just rather have stayed at a hotel.. not a lodge!"
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
1
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
No
Languages spoken at Hotel?
Spanish, English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
1
 

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