Costa Rican rainforests are some of the most unique and biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They are teeming with life, from colorful birds and butterflies to howler monkeys and sloths. And there is no better place to experience them than at La Selva Biological Station. This is one protected rainforest in Costa Rica that you are going to want to know about!
La Selva is located in the northeastern part of the country, in the province of Heredia. It is situated between two rivers, the Sarapiqui and the Puerto Viejo. This rainforest covers an area of about 1,600 hectares (or about 3953.7 acres) and is home to over 500 species of birds, 120 species of mammals, 80 species of amphibians and reptiles, and thousands of different types of plants.
Some of the mammals you’ll see there, are three-toed sloths, White-faced Capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, Red-eyed frogs and more. As for the birds, keep your eyes peeled for the Resplendent Quetzal, Scarlet Macaw, Great Green Macaw and many other beautiful feathered friends. Some of the more notable types of La Selva plants, are the Mora, Cecropia and the Coffee Plant.
La Selva Biological Station is open to the public for day visits and overnight stays. There are a number of different trails you can take, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. And if you really want to get off the beaten path, there are even some rainforest lodges located within the reserve where you can stay for a few nights.
La Selva was established in 1954 as a biological research station and is now run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). It is one of the oldest and most important rainforest research centers in Central America. Scientists from all over the world come to La Selva to study tropical ecology and conduct conservation projects.
However, La Selva is not just for scientists. It is also a popular destination for ecotourists who want to experience the rainforest firsthand. There are a variety of different trails that wind through the rainforest, and tour guides are on hand to help you spot the many different animals and plants that call La Selva home.