Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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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
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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!
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Robin F
Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia286 contributions
Nov 2022
I wish I could give this place 6 stars! It was one of the best animal tours I have ever been on (and I have been on plenty!). It was almost a bit of a disaster as we took a bus from Cahuita (15 minutes and cost a dollar), The bus driver was supposed to tell us where to get off but he forgot and we ended up having to walk back about a mile with only 20 minutes before the next tour started! When we finally arrived at the sanctuary the gentleman at the reception advised that the next tour available was in 2 hours! I had tried to call the sanctuary on their WhatsApp number (as advised by their website) but had not been able to get an answer. The young man told me that they only were able to access messages on WhatsApp.
By this time there was a second couple who were wanting a tour as well and were very disappointed that they also had to wait. I tried to be polite but was so disappointed that we were going to miss out.
The young man then said that he would try and find a solution for us. He came back a few minutes later
Written 15 November 2022
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Robin M
24 contributions
Oct 2022
We really found this informative and was a great place to see sloths and learn about their programs for sanctuary and reintroducing the sloths to the wild.
Written 15 October 2022
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AWiz37
Miami, FL10 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
This was a great way to see sloths up close. The sanctuary is just that. The sloths you will see on the general tour are in medium size cages in 2 enclosed rooms. They have disabilities and are not able to return to the wild. Additionally behind the scenes they have 170 sloths they are rehabilitating to return to the wild. The enclosures just seems a little sad, but then again sloths are solitary creatures. The facility runs on donations alone. The tour guide was super knowledgeable and it looks like they’re doing the best work with the resources they have.
Written 29 September 2022
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760adavi
Kelowna, Canada34 contributions
Sep 2022
It's important to understand that the animals the public can see are caged and have disabilities that make it impossible for them to survive in the wild. It's terrific to see both 2 and 3 fingered animals up close. But mostly the lectures given by the well informed and well trained staff make this a very worthwhile experience. Probably not the best for younger children More educational than entertaining.
Written 29 September 2022
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kspiel
Oldsmar, FL40 contributions
Jun 2022
This place is the reason we came to Costa Rica. Was 100% worth the trip. We were lucky enough to meet the founder while we were on the tour. Very sweet humble lady. Tour was extremely informative. We did the Insider Tour. It's wonderful what they do for the sloths. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Written 16 June 2022
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Anastasia
10 contributions
Apr 2022
On the one hand, it was sad to see sloths caged near one another in just two otherwise empty rooms. On the other hand, each of them is injured in some way, oftentimes due to human activity, and would not survive in the wild, and they don't move much in the wild either, so it looks like they do have enough space and do receive appropriate care. The most valuable part was that our guide provided so much detailed information about sloths, which was really educational. He could also answer all our questions, so it seems to be a very knowledgeable team who know what they are doing. There is a pretty large store with a variety of unique souvenirs (a bit pricey though).
Written 7 June 2022
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Robin F
Beaufort, SC683 contributions
May 2022
No you don't get to pet or touch them but you do get to view them up close and learn anything you want to know. Ignacio ( I hope I got that right) was great, on top of being very knowledgeable about sloths he shared his life living in CR and cracked a joke or 2. We spend about an hour observing the sloths. When we got there the howler monkeys in the parking lot had us entertained for about 30 minutes. While we were inside with the sloths the monkeys traveled about 10 feet from us on a trail through the trees. It was up close, Ignacio had info about them too. It was worth the price of admission and we left extra. Also, the gift shop is the place to buy reasonable priced souvenirs and proceeds go to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is run solely on donations. If you are in the area you won't regret the visit. Side note: All of the sloths for different reasons are rescues that would not have and will not survive in the wild.
Written 18 May 2022
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Jakub
Thunder Bay, Canada1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
I learned a lot I really didn't know but thought I did about sloths. Definitely worth the while if you looking to expand your knowledge and help out the local sanctuary here in Costa Rica, Cahuita. The staff are super nice and they were able to accommodate both Spanish and English speakers at once which I was very fond of.
Written 4 May 2022
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Lisaxxxx68
Holywood, UK16 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Absolutely terrible you get about minutes of seeing a handful of sloths in tiny tiny cages some are blind etc they will spend the rest of there days in these tiny cages horrible place
Written 31 March 2022
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Rachel B
Morgantown, WV7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
I was expecting more than just a bunch of sloths in a room BUT the experience was still great! We learned a lot and met so many wonderful sloths. I wish we could have held one. Also it was nice to know we were contributing- proceeds from the tour help provide sloths with what they need!
Written 19 January 2022
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