Even if you come with your own birding guide, you can't enter the property without hiring one of theirs. Birding is very good. I even saw 2 Great Green Macaws flying by. Go early morning or late afternoon.
We have visited La Selva as a day trip in previous trips to Costa Rica, but we wanted to have more access to the area by staying there. First of all, it is a research station so room facilities are very basic and spartan (heavy metal doors feel a bit cell-like). If you need luxury linens and a pool, this is not the place for you. But if you love birds and other wildlife, are ok with simple facilities and want unrestricted access to La Selva’s many trails, this is a great option. Rooms are a bit of a walk back to the cafeteria/eating area, but we liked that as we had all kinds of birds and wildlife each time we walked it. We loved exploring the trails and saw lots of great wildlife... a 2-toed sloth, owls, puffbirds, motmots, great green macaws, curassows, lots of tanagers, honeycreepers, etc. Food in the dining area was very tasty as well, and we met lots of interesting people at the family-style tables. A great experience!…
This is a working research station but they welcome visitors. The lodging is reserved only for researchers and is not available to the public. Following the trails can lead to finding many interesting birds and wildlife. With patience on can find 50 species of birds. There are also resident peccaries wandering around. Volunteers lead walks around the grounds. There is a large area for picnics, restrooms, and a gift shop.
The highlight of the tour was our guide Luis, a local resident and very knowledgeable about birds and other wildlife. His English was wonderful. He didn't let the rain stop us from having a fascinating walk through La Selva.
We enjoyed the guided walk seeing a wide range of birds including toucans and macaws, howler monkeys, bats, wild pigs and numerous insects and fauna all part of the eco system. The guide certainly added to our experience and helped with his telescope to take pictures through his lens. A really good experience