La Selva Birding Tour

La Selva biological station is located in Sarapiqui between an important biological corridor of the Braulio carrillo National Park and the lowlands of the Caribbean side

Early in the morning we’ll take you to one of top birding destinations in the country. La Selva biological station you can see 50% of all species of birds of Costa Rica. It’s considered an important biological corridor not only for birds also for mammals. Most of its forest is primary growth with plenty food sources for wildlife.

La Selva is located in Sarapiqui and is a research station established in 1968 and it was a farm dedicated to sustainable forest research owned by Dr. Leslie Holdridge. Our excellent trail system and our knowledgeable naturalist guides lead birdwatchers through a variety of habitats, from dense primary rainforest to open pasture lands. These 2-hour walks are offered at 5:45 am and must be booked in advance.
More than 350 species of birds can be seen in La Selva. Just around the reception area, you can see 0-40 species of birds, including mammals and reptiles.

The species richness in La Selva is outstanding, with more than 2,077 species of plants; 125 species of mammals (72 of them bats); 470 species of birds; 48 amphibian species; 87 species of reptiles; 45 species of freshwater fish; and tens of thousands of insects, arachnids, and other arthropods. Every tour has a maximum group size of 12 people per guide. Each walk is approximately 3 hours in length, principally on cement or wood trails suitable for people of all ages. Some trails are accessible for the physically challenged.

La Selva Biological Station

La Selva Research Station was established in 1968 by the OET (Organization for Tropical Studies). Before it was under OTS leadership, La Selva was a farm dedicated to sustainable forest research owned by Dr. Leslie Holdridge.

La Selva’s influence on tropical ecology is unmeasurable and of great cultural significance, having served as a key training and research site for numerous professional scientists. La Selva Research Station pioneered private forest conservation in Costa Rica, as it was the first of what is now a large network of private forest reserves in the country.

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