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La Selva Protected Zone

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Project ALAS Laboratory La Selva

Area   Approx. 13,800 acres
Max. Elevation   2,000' above sea level
Temperature   80ºF annual average
Precipitation   150 inches annual average
  Heredia Province, 50 miles NE of San Jose
Date of Creation   25 Jan 1971

La Selva Costa Rica
La Selva Costa Rica

Park Attractions

Lowland tropical rainforest bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park, between the Sarapiqui and Puerto Viejo Rivers. The Organization for Tropical Studies administers a Biological Station in this protected zone. There is a marked trail system and scientific study possibilities for visitors.

Driving Directions

From San Jose, take the Guapiles highway through Braulio Carrillo. Approximately 5 miles after you cross  the Sucio River, turn left following the sign to Puerto Viejo.  About 2 miles before you reach Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, you will find the entrance to the La Selva station.

Park Facilities and Hours

Cafeteria and dormitory lodging are available, as well as a marked trail system and bilingual guides.

Project ALAS now operates a modern laboratory faciltiy for the study of biological diversity at La Selva Station.

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