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Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Paved path through the woods - this was after our tour guide for Costa Rica scared us all into having super muddy shoes. We saw a lot of wildlife but strange because before we went out on the paved path a crew used blowers to clear the path of leaves, etc. I would not go back.

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We didn't stay in the hotel but went on a guided tour, 2x a half day. I would definitely recommend going in the morning (8 am) because that's when most animals are active but because of the great quality of the guide and the station itself, also the afternoon tour is very interesting and you do get to see a... More 

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Castro Valley
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a great place to see the wonderful birds of Costa Rica. You get one guided nature walk. There are tons of trails to explore. This is a research station, not a resort. The cafeteria has certain hours for meals which are local fare. Our room was a kilometer plus from the cafeteria so we drove there. We took... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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127 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

One of our most amazing visits! My wife and I reference it often as the definition of a good vacation for --us--. It's NOT for everyone but if you like nature, animals, insects and interesting people and science then this is the place for you. The rooms were kind of musty, but it's the tropics and you are in the... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Rather than a group tour, as we had two young children we booked a private tour of the Biological Station. We had a lovely time, walking the trails, seeing various wildlife - birds, insects, peccary, monkey, bats....and learning about the flora and fauna. The guide was very informative, her English was excellent and she was a great 'spotter' and carried... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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92 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is a pedestrian friendly reserve with well-groomed trails for the most part. Although wildlife sightings will vary and are dependent on the weather, we were fortunate to see sloths; a mot mot; a peccary; multiple lizards big and small; and, the highlight, 3 owls. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a good eye for spotting animals. We didn't stay... More 

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Lincoln, California
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260 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I came to the research station primarily for bird photography, which was fantastic. I had my own outside guide. The food was healthy, mostly rice and chicken and salad. There is no air conditioning anywhere, and it is very hot and humid. The fans in the room help at night. I had no issue with any bugs or insects in... More 

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87 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

The location was so beautiful it was such a shame we were marched at some speed to the talk area missing any opportunity to looks at the wonderful views and for any birds or animals. The talk and demonstration was interesting but lacked any real enthusiasm There was only a small group of us on the tour , it was... More 

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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Don't stay here if you're looking for plush accommodations. You get a 5" thick foam mattress on plywood, an oscillating fan hanging on the wall and a communal bathroom. This is first and foremost a research station for scientists and students. But if you're looking for wildlife in abundance and want to have fun meals and hikes with hardcore birders,... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Staying at La Selva is like visiting the zoo in terms of seeing a variety of fauna and flora, but without any bars to separate you from nature. The animals have been so used to not being threatened that they are essentially oblivious to your presence. This includes the wild pigs (peccaries), giant curassows, howler monkeys, and more birds and... More 

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Address: Highway 4, 41001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Price Range: $87 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Selva Biological Station 2.5*
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“If you only do a half day, go for the morning tour.”
 of 5 bubbles slr645, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
“do your research BEFORE you go”
 of 5 bubbles yankabout, 15 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Make sure to get a room near the main building and restaurant”
 of 5 bubbles johngQ6316IP, 21 May 2016 | Read review
“If you don't mind a half mile hike, get a room on the station side of the river.”
 of 5 bubbles BorucaJohn, 27 Apr 2016 | Read review
“This is not a hotel, some level of lodging may be available but we didn't use it”
 of 5 bubbles 75DanielE75, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
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