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While temperature variation is slight year round, daily temperatures can fluctuate from 19°C (66°F) to 31°C (88°F). The climate is tropical wet, with an average annual rainfall of 4 meters (13 feet). Although rain nourishes the forest throughout the year, the rainiest months are July, November, and December.








Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica.

Distance from San José: 80km. 1.5hrs.









Getting There


La Selva is at 1.5 hrs drive from San José. Take the Guápiles Highway through Braulio Carrillo National Park. After approximately 35-45 minutes of driving, you will pass over the Río Sucio. Continue for 7 km, turn left following the sign to Puerto Viejo, and continue for approximately 30 km more. The La Selva entrance is 3 km south of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. For public buses, call Transportes Guapileños ph: (506) 222-0610 Central Street, between 13th & 15Th ave. Buses leave San José to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí approximately every two hours between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.



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San José Office

Station Phones

Tel. + (506) 2524-0607

Tel. + (506) 2766-6565

Fax. + (506) 2524-0608

Fax. + (506) 2766-6535


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Biological Stations:
La Selva
Las Cruces
Palo Verde

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