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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I cannot say enough good things about this place. The facilities are simple but clean and comfortable - our room had bunkbeds with private bathroom. Just outside the room, hammocks are draped across the porch with what can be a stunning view of Volcano and Lake Arenal when the clouds part. Ivannia and Geovanny (the caretakers) are extremely warm and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

The station is a rustic cabin in the middle of the Childrens' Eternal Rainforest. The accommodations are basic, no hot water, bunk beds. To get there you need to hike about 3 miles from Monteverde. However when you get there, you are in the middle of one of the most biologically diverse places in the americas. Hummingbirds, butterflies, frogs and... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

I was lucky enough to spend a week at San Gerardo doing research. I can't recommend it enough. For one thing, it has probably the best view of Volcan Arenal you can get, right from your room! The station has many kilometers of trails, a waterfall, and wildlife/birds everywhere. This is pristine primary forest for the most part, at an... More 

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Costa Rica
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

This place is amazing, the place is very nice, you will spend great time here. It has an spectacular view to the Arenal Volcano and one of the waterfalls near to the volcano. You will see different kind of birds, mammals in the best cases and of course nature. Mountains, rivers, a waterfall, trails, rain and much more. This is... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

i losted the count how many times i went back since my 1st visit.... a birdwatching Paradise. I started to bring groups with me and all they really enjoyed the place and the hospitality. The food is very good. Now i will be back for 3 nights at the end of july...and doesn't matter if it will rain most of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We went to San Gerardo Station last weekend and had an amazing time despite the inclement weather. Our boys are eleven and sixteen. If you are to go there with young kids, give yourself more than the 90 minutes it took us to hike in. Giovany and Yvonia were such amazing hosts. Although we were the only guests, Yvonia made... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

ok, don't expect to sleep in a 3 or 4 stars hotel....expect only to enjoy the beautiful surround, the sounds of the birds and animals anytime. i didn't sleep all night....my 2 kids and my wife yes. For me was imposible , it was so beautiful and amazing the sound of the nature all night long that i went crazy.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

I want to preface that this is not a five star hotel, but it delivers a five star experience. The lodging is simple. We (2) got a room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a private bath. The layout of the room and the bathroom is very nice. If you have t share a room with another party, there... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

The view on the Arenal volcano is outstanding! The one hour hike to the lodge is worth the atmosphere of this biological station, off the touristic trails. We enjoyed the great food (full board). You can even hire a guide for a tour (we went on a night tour), who will come to the station.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We came back to this beautiful rustic place in the rain forest. The view of Arenal Volcano - just prop your pillow and you can see it! The sounds of the howler monkeys, sunset, sunrise, birding, hiking the trails, etc.. The food tastes better there - as does the piping hot coffee! Good to know staying there supports the Monteverde... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The San Gerardo Biological Station is located on the Atlantic slope on the Tilarán mountain range at 1,200 above sea level, and within the BEN. The station can accommodate 32 people and offers facilities for students, tourists and researchers. There are 6 rooms on the second floor each with a private bath and 2 bunk beds. The second floor balcony provides a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake and the surrounding forest. The first floor consists of a kitchen, dining area, rooms for guides and group leaders, and a meeting/lecture room.The nearby areas of the Station offer trails along primary and secondary forest as well as regenerating pastures. The forest type in the zone is catalogued as Premontane Rain Forest, which is an evergreen forest, with a canopy at 30 to 40 meters in height, abundant epiphytes, and a dense understory. The annual rainfall is over 4000 mm and the duration of the short dry season could be 0 to 2 months.If you enjoy bird watching, we recommend visiting the site between April and June when a great portion of the species are very active due to their breeding season. The birds songs are melodious and the courtship displays of the Bare-necked Umbrella Bird (Cephalopterus glabricollis)are simply spectacular.How to get there: Take the Pan American Highway from San José to the gas-station turnoff in Sardinal, and take the road to Monteverde. From there drive 35 km (20 miles) until you arrive in Santa Elena. From the town of Santa Elena, drive to the Santa Elena Reserve parking lot. It is a 3.5 km (2 mile) hike to the station. ... more   less 

Additional Information about San Gerardo Biological Station

Address: 3.5 Km From the Santa Elena Reserve, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Price Range: $40 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
San Gerardo Biological Station Santa Elena, Monteverde, Costa Rica
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“you don't go in this place to stay in the room...”
 of 5 bubbles mamba68, 4 Jun 2014 | Read review
“All the rooms upstairs are the same, with private bathrooms.”
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