Located at the edge of the Ballena Marine National Park and the popular Corcovado National Park, Mary Selva is an unpretentious and authentic natural retreat that is also strategically surrounded by other attractions such as the Cano Island Botanical Reserve, the beautiful Sierpe mangroves, picturesque Utiva beaches and the famous Terraba rivers. Owing to its brilliant location, bang in the center of a rich topography, this almost unbelievable biodiversity sporting property is much sought after by patrons (such as birding enthusiasts, students and photographers specializing in natural photography who seek a thoroughbred eco lodge experience that is lost in the touristy frills of the more up market eco resorts. The Southern Pacific Coast of the country is touted to be one of the most gifted bio-diverse areas in the world, which allows guests here to enjoy a plethora of fascinating nature activities and recreational pursuits. Nicely hidden in the backdrop of the South Pacific, Mary Selva eco lodge is an aggregation all the natural beauty that represents Costa Rica in a no fuss and minimalist way. Top this up with an array of sustainable practices and responsible environmental tourism, and this lodge gets it all right from the word go. Visitors can enjoy everything from a watching the breathtaking natural phenomenon of the arrival of the region’s whales (from July to October) to undertaking a thrilling bike ride for exploring the area’s rougher topographical features. Mary Selva beckons the true eco lover to enjoy a gamut of authentic natural experiences.
Tours and Amenities
Mary Selva is a superb starting point for nature and adventure centered activities. It is a playfield for those looking for a real up close experience with the ecologically gifted South Pacific region. Patrons can undertake a huge assortment of nature based activities such as forest canopy tours (for enjoying tree top canopy views of the lush rainforest), hiking along rough forest paths and rugged mountain trails for a true-blue natural adventure, surfing, scuba diving for all levels, action packed sports fishing, horse backing, swimming, a mangrove exploratory tour, a tour of the region’s spectacular waterfalls, guided trips of rainforests and the area’s national parks (including Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Ballena Marine). Further recreational pursuits in Mary Selva’s vicinity are dolphin watching tour, birding tours, several eco tourism activities (to give back to the community), exciting white water rafting, ultra light flying, swimming camps and yoga camps.
The lodge’s in-house amenities are a mix of comfort, convenience and low-key appeal, and comprise of a tiny souvenir store, an open dining area, a small meeting room (equipped with a huge television screen), an expansive balcony (offering enchanting views of the lodge’s beautiful surroundings, a large and relaxing 25 meter swimming pool and a huge laidback space for allowing patrons to let their hair down.
Accommodation at the captivating Mary Selva retreat is in the form of ten comfortable, spacious and smoke free bungalows, which are also well-appointed, nice ventilated and brightly lit. All rooms are tastefully furnished and sport a simple appearance, while still being comfortable and plush in a natural way. Every bungalow is equipped with a ceiling fan, an air conditioner, mini fridge, in-room safe, wireless internet, satellite television, hair dryer, private bathroom (with hot water) and maid service. Each Mary Selva bungalow has a nice private balcony (with some chairs and a coffee table) for allowing guests to capture majestic views of the surrounding rainforest. The bungalows are all mesmerizingly encircled by fruit trees and a verdant secondary jungle.
Every bungalow can house about 4 persons each. Six private bungalows are housed within Mary Selva’s and most of the come equipped with queen size beds and Futon. A single exclusive bungalow comes king sized bed and Futon. Apart from this, there are a couple of bungalow pairs (four bungalows) that which can be transformed into a large unit for families and groups since these bungalows have a shared door.
In Costa Rica:
Main number: +(506) 2786-5670
FAX: +(506) 2786-5671
Cell: +(506) 8340-5132
On the Costanera Sur Highway Marker 170
Go 500 mts south and 1200 mts east
Ballena, Osa, Puntarenas
60504 – Costa Rica