The Station

An ecological treasure.

El Zota offers over 2,000 acres of land, 70% of which is primary growth forest. Centered between Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and Tortuguero National Park, the land holds high conservation value due to the critical habitat it provides for wildlife. 

Services we offer


Let us help you get here.


Individual and shared cabins for our visitors.

Dining Room

A spacious room for gathering groups.

Hiking trails

Marked and maintained for easy access.


Available by contract.


Classroom and laboratory space is available--perfect for student groups.

Flora and fauna

+ 1
bird species
+ 1
bat species
+ 1
rodent species

… and there’s still so much more!

These numbers are our current best estimate of what we have here at El Zota, and are based on the surveys conducted by visiting researchers and students. We know there’s more out there and are always eager to learn more about our forests!

Common animals you can find at the station include: spider, capuchin, and howler monkeys, tapirs, Great Green Macaws, alligators, snakes, frogs, and much more. Our many walkable trails allow visitors to experience the tropical environment with its incredible biodiversity, and hopefully learn firsthand the importance of preserving this natural habitat.

We're always looking to have new researchers! Please reach out to us to begin planning your visit.


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