Natural History Visitors

Natural History visitors are travelers with a keen awareness and respect for the importance of protecting natural resources.  With the Organization for Tropical Studies, you can explore the flora and fauna of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests with one of the world’s leading institutions in education and research in tropical science.  Our stations offer a wide range of naturalist activities including guided trail walks, birding tours, night tours, boat tours, workshops, etc.  Please inquire about the availability of specific tours and activities at each station.

Note that some trails have been made accessible for the physically challenged at our La Selva Research Station.

Please use the links below to find information on all of our stations, browse available tours and activities, and request and make reservations.

For other types of visitors:

  • If you are a faculty member and wish to create the perfect custom study abroad program, workshop, or work event in any of our locations, click here.
  • Researchers should make reservations through the Research Database portal. Click here for more information.
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Natural History Visitors – La Selva

La Selva has been a pioneer site in education, research, conservation and eco-tourism in Costa Rica since 1953 and was one of the first private protected areas in the country.

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Natural History Visitors – Las Cruces and Wilson Botanical Garden

The Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden has a rich, internationally recognized collection of tropical plants from around the world. Over 1000 genera in more than 200 plant families form the unique collection that is an integral part of the Las Cruces Research Station. Aroids, bromeliads, ferns, gingers, heliconias, marantas, and palms are all well represented on the 12-hectare (30-acre) site.

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Natural History Visitors – Palo Verde

Palo Verde is one of the most important sanctuaries in Central America for migrating and resident species of waterfowl. Visitors will discover the natural beauty of the tropical dry forest and the magnificent wetlands, a rich mosaic that encompasses 15 different habitats.

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Natural History Visitors – Reservations and Cancellation Policies

Reservations and Cancellation Policies, OTS Research Stations (La Selva – Las Cruces – Palo Verde)

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To request a reservation in one of our Research Stations please fill the next form:

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For information and reservations: visit.ots@tropicalstudies.org
Costa Rica (506) 2524-0607 (ext. 1340) | Fax (506) 2524-0608
United States (919) 684 5774 | Fax (919) 684 5661

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