The SpaceEstablished in 1983, the land known as Las Casas de la Selva is the home of Tropic Ventures Sustainable Forestry Project. It is located in the southern mountains of the island, adjacent to the Carité State Forest. It is a spectacular site with steep thickly-forested slopes, and beautiful rivers and waterfalls.
The Institute of Ecotechnics initiated this unique project in Patillas, Puerto Rico, pioneering experiments in sustainable rainforest ecology, through line-planting of valuable timber trees. The aim of the project is to maintain the biomass and biodiversity of the ecosystem while the land is utilized, to a degree, for enough profit to encourage local caretaking of the forest.
Using this approach, 230 acres of the 1000-acre property have been planted with over 40,000 native and exotic hardwood trees with extremely promising results, working in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Department of Natural Resources, & The International Institute of Tropical Forestry.
The valuable contribution of this method to the rainforest environment has seen Las Casas is recognized as an 'auxiliary forest' in the US national park system of classification, and in 2011 the project was certified under The Sustainable Forest Stewardship Program. Guest AccessStaying at Las Casas de la Selva is quite magical. Apart from being in a beautiful jungle setting, you will find yourself in the midst of an international team of people; scientists, artists, managers, and woods people. You will be able to use our dining room, kitchen, and you have all the wild to yourself...take a walk in spectacular rainforest, sit in or by a river, or just relax at our comfortable homestead. Bird watchers are welcome. You don't even need to leave our homestead to have a truly satisfying birding opportunity at dawn and dusk. Bring your binoculars.
The place is an ideal setting for hiking, loping, writing, creating, meditating, resting, or whatever rejuvenating experience you desire. Poke your nose into the work we are doing here too. Sometimes there may be groups of volunteers staying in bunkhouses on the property as well. Interaction with GuestsWe are always available to assist and interact with our guests. Join us in evening events or music sessions if happening, or hang-out on your own. The NeighborhoodYou will be on a 1000 acre property, of lush rainforest. Getting AroundYou need to have your own form of transport to get here. Other Things to NoteThis is a rainforest...and it can rain! Essential to bring a headlamp for moving around the homestead at night and for forest night walks.