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La Selva Sarapiqui

La Selva Sarapiqui is located about 1:30 drive from the San Jose area towards the Caribbean side of Costa Rica on the back side of the Braulio Carrillo Highway. This area is the closest lowland tropical rainforest for visiting to the metropolitan area.

With over 50 years of research and 13 ft of rain a year the La Selva is a world renowned tropical research centers. Many universities such as Duke have students and researchers come here to this place of high biodiversity to study tropical ecology tropical ecology. Here 73% of the property which measures 4,000 acres is made up of primary lowland tropical rainforest.

The OTS or Organization for Tropical Studies, runs the property and research center and they have two sister properties in the northern area and southern zones of Costa Rica. To the north they have Palo Verde Biological Station and to the south LasCruces Biological Station.

The OTS offers different courses for those in post graduate and undergraduate degrees from one week to an entire year of research and study. It is also possible to visit these field stations as part of your week long vacation with a simple hike through the forest to experience where some of top scientists in the world spend their days looking for a cure for cancer or many of the other untold secrets of therainforest.

This really is not a spot for small kids but if your small child has the natural naturalist in him and you want to make it a go its fine with us.

Reasons to Go?

  • One of the most biodiverse places in the world.
  • A chance to live the life of a scientist for a day.
  • Located close to San Jose for a day trip if needed.
  • Many other activities in the Sarapiqui area.
  • High chances of seeing wildlife.
  • Some of the most knowledgeable people in all of the tropics.

Reasons NOT to Go?

  • This is not a tourist attraction it is more for field scientist.
  • Hope you are comfortable wearing rubber boots.
  • High snake population.
  • Can get very hot and wet.
  • Very very simple lodging if you decide to stay the night.
  • Could be a little rough for small children.