Fodor's Expert Review Selva Verde Lodge

Chilamate, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Heredia, 41002, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Built on stilts over the Sarapiquí River on the edge of a 2-square-km (1-square-mile) private tropical rain forest reserve, the lodge caters primarily to those seeking natural-history tours. Activities include guided walks, boat trips, canoeing, rafting, and mountain biking. The wood-paneled lodge rooms have shared verandas strung with hammocks. Half a mile from the main hotel are seven bungalows that provide more space than the standard lodge rooms—with air-conditioning to boot. There is also a large two-bedroom house ideal for a family. Two trails can be explored on self-guided tours, or you can join the morning birdwatching tour for $30. Reserve a few weeks ahead, especially in high season; the place is very popular with tour groups.

PROS

  • ecology-minded staff
  • many activities
  • great for birders

CONS

  • popular with tour groups
  • sometimes difficult to find space in high season
  • steep walk to reach a few bungalows

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Green
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 2761–1800 | 833-344–5835-in North America

HOTEL DETAILS

70 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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