Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
4.5
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Two types of tours to see sloths and learn about their diminishing rainforest habitat. Sorry, no direct contact with sloths, for their well-being and yours. "Buttercup Tour" requires no advance reservation; just arrive about 20 minutes before the top of the hour (8AM–2PM) to register. Duration about 2 hours. "Insider's Tour" is given twice daily and requires advance booking. This tour includes everything in the Buttercup Tour plus "behind-the-scenes" visits to the NICU, Slothpital, climbing area and more. Admission/donations collected directly support the sloths – their rescue, rehabilitation, wellness, research, housing and enrichments. Thank you for supporting the sloths with your tour!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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readingteach627
Livonia, MI353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a fabulous visit on a recent trip to Costa Rica. We enjoyed a canoe trip in the local waterway and then had a very informative tour with one of the employees of the sanctuary. We learned so much about sloths. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written March 8, 2024
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Sam_C66
Bourton-on-the-Water, UK43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great too see the work being done here to look after sick, injured or abandoned sloths. Very knowledgeable guide and the sloths were simply adorable. Worth a stop.
Written February 18, 2024
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gatoreed
Metairie, LA1,046 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visited the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica as part of a shore excursion from a Ruby Princess cruise. This is a must-do if you are in the area. The staff if friendly, helpful and absolutely committed to saving the sloths. Their knowledge is exceptional. I recommend the "Meet The Sloths: Behind The Scenes - An Animal Planet Exclusive Tour" for an in-depth visit.
Written February 17, 2024
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J S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We were very disappointed with our visit to the sloth sanctuary. Animals and nature are so very well looked after in Costa Rica, yet at this place we felt like the sloths were being exploited. We were the only people on our tour and we were taken to two rooms where there were a number of sloths in cages and given a "talk" by a very lacklustre employee. The entire thing lasted around 20 minutes. We were told the sanctuary had around 200 sloths in total - we saw maybe 16 - where were the others? It made us worried that the other sloths were housed in worse conditions and we were being shown the ones with bigger cages. There was also one sloth that was climbing back and forth along the top of its cage and looked very distressed. Avoid this tourist trap and spend your time seeing sloths in the wild in Cahuita national park (beautiful!) or visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre where you can tell they have the animals best interests at heart.
Written January 13, 2024
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TroisChatsLies
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo4,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Our super knowledgeable guide answered all our questions. My hubby initially didn't want to visit, but he had the most questions of everyone in the group. Well worth the drive.
We also got some lovely souvenirs at the gift shop.
Written December 20, 2023
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Williamson451
Flin Flon, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The guide was excellent. I was on a Norwegian Cruise. Andrea was our tour guide that was with us throughout the bus transporting us to the sanctuary. Once in the sanctuary our young guide was excellent. I appreciated the tour and all the animals that have been rescued. We were served a nice fruit bowl and juice. The gift store was very convenient.
Written November 23, 2023
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natsm123
Fleet, UK86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a heart warming place where you can see some sloths up close. It’s quite small and the talk is only about an hour and all the sloths you see have various injuries / ailments which means they can’t go back into the wild. They are extremely endearing animals and it’s worth visiting and supporting this sanctuary.
Written July 8, 2023
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dairysf
Englewood, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This was so educational and such a great experience to see the sloths that may not be with us thrive because of the care they are receiving. This was a great experience and would recomment to anyone
Written June 23, 2023
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paulo27
Chattanooga, TN178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Tried this place the day after the Jaguar Sanctuary. This place only has sloths, is slightly more expensive to enter, but does have a more intimate setting where you can see sloths much closer. You still can’t touch, but it was definitely cool to be able to watch them eat only an arm’s distance away. 2 hour tour at Jaguar vs 1 hour tour here. Go to Jaguar if you want to see more species but go here if you want to get up close to roughly a dozen rehab sloths (or go to both if you really love animals).
Written April 1, 2023
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kdragnfli
Melbourne, FL334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I loved everything about this excursion! First we took a comfortable tour bus from the port to the sloth sanctuary. From there our large group was separated into three smaller groups. Our group went on the canoe trip first (which was good as the weather was cooler earlier). The canoe trip was an amazing opportunity to experience the rainforest (the sloth's natural habitat) up close and personal. There were howler monkeys trekking through the trees and the forest itself is beautiful and lush. Our canoe guide did not speak English, but was attentive to be sure we saw all of the wildlife that was in sight. The beauty of the rainforest did not need any interpretation.
Next our group entered one of two rooms where visitors get to meet the sloths. In this room we learned about the sloths living at the sanctuary and got to meet a few of the sanctuary's life-long residents (these cannot be released into the wild for a variety of reasons). We could easily see the sloths and the animals were active and delightful. Entering the next room, we were introduced to more life-long sloth residents and learned the differences between the two and three "fingered" sloths. They were feeding these sloths their lunch, so we got to see them busy noshing on their specialized diets.
After meeting the sloths we had a little time to shop at the sloth store (not a big variety, but hey it all benefits the sloths!).
You will not get to touch or hold a sloth on this tour. These are wild animals who have natural defense mechanisms that would be highly unpleasant for visitors to the sanctuary.
This sanctuary cares for over 160 sloths with most slated for return to the wild. There are longer, more in depth tours available if you are visiting independently (not on the cruise tour). I highly recommend this tour for folks who love sloths and would like to see them up close and personal.
Written January 20, 2023
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