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Selva Verde Lodge

Central Valley & Mountains

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Selva Verde Lodge overview

Selva Verde Lodge is in the Sarapiqui Preservation Area just two hours from San Jose. The lush rainforest is home to many species of monkeys and birds. The lodge has a team of naturalist guides ready to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, to help you make the most of your time here.

River lodge rooms are in blocks of four, each room accommodating up to four guests each. They are all en-suite, have ceiling fans to keep the bedroom cool, and a veranda for relaxing in seclusion. The rainforest bungalows are air-conditioned, have hot drink facilities and additional space indoor and out, with generous balconies. They are set about a 10 minute walk from reception and are very private. Families and small groups can be housed in La Casona Rainforest Suite, which has two bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room and kitchen, and space for extra roll-away beds. It is fully air conditioned.

The two-storey main building has an upper dining hall, open for all meals, and a lower restaurant which serves dinner each evening, specialising in Italian food. Both rooms overlook the river. There's also a bar which serves a wide range of drinks. The lodge has an attractive outdoor pool, ideal for cooling off on a hot day, and a sundeck with plenty of loungers. Walking trails criss-cross the gardens and give you the chance to view flora and fauna.

As well as exploring the local rainforest you'll be well placed for visiting Braulio Carrillo National Park, Arenal and Poas volcanoes and Heliconia Island Botanical Gardens.


Open: Selva Verde Lodge is open all year.

Location: Selva Verde Lodge is in the 500-acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area in the lowlands of north-eastern Costa Rica. It is about a 2-hour drive from the capital, San Jose.

Rooms: There are river lodge rooms and bungalows, numbering about 50 in total. The former are in blocks of 4 and each can accommodate between 1 to 4 guests and has 2 double or queen beds. The 5 bungalows are across the road from the main lodge, about a 10-15 minute walk, in area in an area of forest. Both types of accommodation have en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated water, hair dryer, safe, writing desk and gauze windows keep insects out. Bungalows also have air conditioning and ceiling fans, fridge, coffee maker and private, screened balcony. The La Casona Rainforest Suite consists of 2 bedrooms (1 with a queen bed and the other with 2 twins) and 2 bathrooms, a living room and fully equipped kitchen, plus an outdoor deck with hammock and chairs. Roll-up beds can be provided on request. It offers self-contained living, though you are also welcome to use the lodge facilities. The suite has a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights.

NB Please note the bungalows are located about 600 metres from the main lodge building, across the road, and are set on a steep hillside, so are not suitable for people of limited mobility or those desiring to be close to the communal facilities.

Activities: These are concentrated on the rainforest. You can go for walks and guided hikes including night hikes, explore on horseback, take a zip line canopy tour or go bird watching. Water-based activities include boat rides and white water rafting. Community visits can be organised and there are several education programmed to help you learn more about the rainforest and its inhabitants. Special family activities can be arranged, such as the chocolate tour. Cooking lessons are available.

Facilities: The lodge has a 2-storey building housing the main dining room upstairs which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and La Terazza Restaurant, open for dinner only, and the bar downstairs. The gift shop is also located here and sells practical items like sun cream and rain ponchos as well as souvenirs. There is an outdoor pool, sunbathing area and pretty gardens with plenty of walking trails.

Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The lodge can arrange special activities for families. Children aged 11 years and under must share a room with an adult.

Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.

Communication: There is complimentary high speed internet and WiFi internet access.

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client reviews

Mr. Peter Cannell

"There were problems with the first two bungalows we were allocated - badly broken toilet in the first and broken air conditioning (which to be honest we weren't very concerned about) in the second. However, the manager insisted on moving us in to a very large and well appointed house in the grounds of the hotel! "

Mrs. Lisa Chambers
"Due to heavy rain we declined the bungalow in favour of room nearer activities and restaurant. The bungalows are quite a walk uphill from main building and across a busy road. Think it would be good to ask clients in advance what they would prefer. The room was quite basic and probably not as nice as bungalow, but the proximity made it preferable. Guides were excellent here and bird watching feeder attracted a lot of birds including toucans."
Doctor Kevin Hurrell
"Wonderful bird-watching....accommodation more basic but comfortable and again good food. We had an excellent guide for our night-tour and bird watching...knowledgeable and enthusiastic."
Mrs Claire Race (24/04/2019)
"A fantastic lodge for birding, lovely setting by the river and really good nature guides. The room was spacious and comfortable but perhaps a little dated. The food was ok in the Italian restaurant, upstairs the local food was a bit basic. "
Mr. David Redwood (06/02/2020)
"Room appalling, but otherwise a lovely and very rich area for flora and fauna. Restaurant was good."

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