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Selva Verde

     After our rafting trip, we were picked up and taken to the spectacular Selva Verde Lodge which lies just a little to the west of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. This region is very moist; it is a lowland, wet tropical forest. The lodges are connected by walkways that are built on pillars about 20 feet off the ground, so you get a better view of what is going on in the canopy without tramping through and making a big ruckus. The lodge has its own forest reserves of primary and secondary growth, a butterfly garden, buffet style meals which are actually quite good, hammocks at every corner, horseback riding, river rafting, and a free guided bird walk early every morning. Along one of their self-guided trails is a section called "Frog Land" and poison dart frogs abound!
The area is just lousy with them. It is a real treat to see and hear so many little frogs. It is amazing how many you will see if you just stand still for a minute. And watch where you walk, because they are not shy and will jump right in your path, apparently unaware of the possible danger of meeting with the bottom of your foot. You will be constantly serenaded here by the insects, birds, frogs, and every once in a while, the eerie sounds of the howler monkeys.
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La Selva

     La Selva Biological Station is just a few miles from Selva Verde. There are ongoing studies of the rainforest happening here. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and can really open your eyes to things, visible and not visible. The guides will teach you how to listen and look for wildlife. Take the time to let these sights, sounds, smells, etc. to sink in. Being able to open up your senses to the jungle is a welcome change from living with the noise and crowding of a city. We learned so much about the rainforest plants and animals, and their coexistence from our guide. This trip was immeasurably valuable to us in our journeys in Costa Rica.
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