Welcome to the Sabalito Natural Reserve, a private wildlife sanctuary in the Coto Brus Valley, Puntarenas Costa Rica.

The conservation project was established in 1985 within a scheme where primary forest areas that have been left intact and the transformation of secondary forests to a natural state, promoting biodiversity, with the aim that the reserve serves as a refuge for flora and fauna.



Guarantee the protection of the ecosystem on a permanent basis establishing social, legal and ecological frameworks. For the reserve, the dream is that the forest can reach maturity without being disturbed in perpetuity, and that the global community benefits from its presence.




  • Sustainable conservation initiatives, within a legal and business framework that allows the conservation project to continue in perpetuity. A secondary objective, just as important, is to establish this framework as a model to enable similar projects in other organizations to take hold and prosper.


  • Nature, conservation, and climate change are intertwined, and therefore climate change mitigation will be an important consideration for future projects, including leadership and participation in projects aligned with the nation’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.




The Reserve is reachable via highway 613 between Sabalito and La Unión on the border with Panama. It is located 2 km from Sabalito. The entrance gate and trailhead are on the north side of the road.

GPS Coordenates: 8.83809, -82.89719.   


Open daily for self-guided access from:

6 AM to 6 PM.

No other services are offered or implied.

Visitors assume all risks.

For guided group access, please send a message to info@sabalito.org

… We came to understand the importance of preserving the environment and the well-being that this produces in people. This land has given us, the Castro León family, the education to prosper in our professions and now we want to give back to Nature what the family altered to obtain sustenance.

Enrique Castro León

Sabalito de Coto Brus

Puntarenas, Costa Rica