Eco-resorts and eco-lodge in Costa Rica

While the term “ecotourism” first appeared in the 1970s, its definition is more recent.

In the sustainable development movement, ecotourism was defined in 1992 by the International Ecotourism Society as “a form of responsible travel in natural areas that contributes to the protection of the environment and the well-being of local populations”.

You do have to fly and sometimes rent a car to travel to Costa Rica, but once on the ground, you can choose a form of travelling that is better for the environment and for local populations.

Our beautiful country is “green” in every sense of the word and offers many options for accommodation and activities that respect itsenvironment, fauna and flora.

Costa Rica counts many “eco-resorts”. They are part of a network called “the organization of tropical studies” (network of universities and research institutes).

La Selva eco-lodge and research center

It is located in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in the northwest of the country, in the province of Heredia. It is a protected area with of 15km2 of tropical rainforest.

It is home to an exotic fauna: frogs, butterflies, jaguars, pumas, monkeys, many birds, etc… and an incredible flora too: more than 1000 species of trees.

La Selva hosts about 300 scientists and 100 university courses every year. The main objective of the station is to preserve and protect the forest.

During your stay, you will be able to enjoy the 50 km of trails in this unspoiled jungle.  The access to the lodge is limited in terms ofnumber of visitors, therefore we recommand you to book it in advance.

Palo Verde Biological station

This station is located in the province of Guanacaste and is in the national park of the same name.

It is one of the most important sites for research on dry tropical forests, one of the most threatened forest types in the world.

Palo Verde National Park is a refuge for a lot of endemic Costa Rica wildlife,  and a protected wetland.

The station studies the mangroves and the waders that live in the protected area. There are no less than 2,000 species of plants, 125 species of mammals (including 72 bats), 470 species of birds and 87 species of reptiles.

If you decide to stay at Palo Verde, you will be housed in rustic accommodation, with exclusive access to 60 km of trails and many viewpoints to watch beautiful sunsets over the jungle.

Las Cruces Research station

It is located in a mountainous region at an altitude of about 1000 meters, in the south of the province of Puntarenas.

Surrounded mainly by pastures, coffee plantations and other agricultural areas.

Las Cruces national park counts more than 270 hectares. The research carried out there focuses on agroecology and studies of forest fragmentation, it also includes a botanical garden.

With luxurious fauna and flora, this place is of great biological richness.

Our team remains at your disposal for further information and booking in these eco-lodges, or to book an eco-friendly tour with the multitude of possibilities offered to you in Costa Rica as an ecotourist in the making!