This Neotropical area is home to an amazing number of bird and animal species. Great for hiking as well, La Selva Protected Zone is a great learning experience for young and old alike.

La Selva Protected Zone is known for the plethora of plant life that occupies it. Researchers have been studying this area for years and out of the 2000 species of plants, 400 of them are trees. The biological station has laboratories and groomed trails that visitors can explore.

Nearly half of the bird species in Costa Rica can be found in this area including the Great Green Macaw which comes here seasonally. Over 100 mammals, 123 reptiles and amphibians, 40 fish and thousands of insect species can be found in the La Selva Protected Zone.

Weather and packing list

The Northern Zone is an area of fairly unpredicatble weather where one can wake to sunny skies, weather torential down pours by 10am and then have sunny skies again by noon. Temperatures usually hovering in the upper 70s during the day and lower 60s at night. The rain season here runs from May through June and September through November. The heaviest rains are generally during September and October

Visitors should pack shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block. It is also advised to bring at least one pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt.

Fun Fact: La Selva Biological Station has been administered by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) since 1968.

Nearby Destinations

Sarapiqui 5 km
Alajuela100 km
La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano104 km
Heredia-Poas82 km
Tortuguero102 km


Latitude: N 10° 26' 15.04"
Longitude: W 84° 0' 1.19"

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