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Nature Discovery Activities


Explore the natural splendors of the Sarapiquí Region, both on the grounds of Selva Verde and in the surrounding area. Join our resident naturalists on guided hikes and discover the flora and fauna of the old growth and secondary forest in our 500 acre reserve, take a boat ride on the Sarapiquí River, and visit the nearby parks, reserves and gardens. Our lodge is a wonderful place for discovering and learning about the abundant wildlife and biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest.



Guided Nature Walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve

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 or 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $35, Children 6-11 $17.5, under 5 free



Night Hike at Selva Verde Reserve

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 $35, Children 6-11 $17.5, under 5 free



Sarapiquí River Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sarapiquí, observing life in and along the banks of the river. You’ll pass both forested and agricultural lands to observe the activities of the people and animals whose lives are influenced by the flow of the waters. The boat guides are some of the best wildlife spotters on the river, so be sure to bring your binoculars and camera! The boat departs from the lively Puerto Viejo dock. Guide is not included.


Time: 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults $44 per person, Children 6-11 $25, under 5 free

Transportation: $55 (1-4 passengers)



La Selva Biological Station

A haven for tropical researchers for nearly half a century, La Selva Biological Station is a living laboratory. Located adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva protects over 3,500 acres of virgin rainforest. Twice daily guided hikes allow access to a portion of the field station trails and offer insight into the history of the Organization of Tropical Studies. Some trails are accessible for the physically challenged.

Short walk Tours:
Time: 8 AM or 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: Adults - $44/Children (5-11) - $34
Transportation: $55 (1-4 passengers)

Long walk Tours:
Time: 8 AM
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: Adults - $54/Children (5-11) - $39
Transportation: $65 round trip (1-4 passengers)



Day Trip Adventures:

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall

Explore Costa Rica's most active volcano - Arenal! Walk through second growth rainforest on lava-encrusted trails and witness the power of an active volcano and views of magnificent Arenal Lake. Complete your day with an adventurous 230 foot hike down to the bottom of la Fortuna waterfall. Enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters at the base of the falls.


Time: Flexible departure time
Duration: All day
Cost: Since Arenal Volcano is National Park, each person is required to pay the park entrance fee. Also the entrance fee to La Fortuna Waterfall. Lunch is not included, you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch in one of the restaurants near the volcano.
Guide: A local bilingual guide may be hired for both Arenal and the Falls for $170/day
Transportation: $220 (1-4 passengers)




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.



Wildlife Checklists for Selva Verde

Birdwatching List

Fauna List