Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, Cahuita: Hours, Address, Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica Reviews: 4.5/5

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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K9huggins
San Jose, CA7 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2021 • Couples
My husband and I took the extended tour and we loved it. We learned so much about the Sloths and got to go back and see the baby and young ones. They were so cute and curious. The work this Sanctuary and rehabilitation center does is amazing. Your money goes to helping these incredible animals have a safe and healthy life.
Written 5 December 2021
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sdurkin24
St. Petersburg, FL114 contributions
Sloths :)
Sep 2020
***This review is for September 2019***

There are two rooms - one nursery with baby sloths, one room with larger adult sloths in ages. There is a guide to walk you through. Fairly interesting. You don't get to, nor should you really, touch the sloths. And there was a canoe tour that was pretty cool actually - you just go up and down the river, but we saw two sloths up in trees (the guide pointed them out for us) and a legitimate crocodile like 6 feet from our canoe. Some people might find that alarming, but we though it was one of the coolest parts of our trip. If you want a local, down to earth, no frills but super cute and interesting experience, we recommend.
Written 30 July 2021
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lex_loci_david
Melbourne1,226 contributions
Worthwhile
Mar 2021
We visited the Sloth Sanctuary and the Jaguar rescue center.

The Sloth Sanctuary had two large rooms with sloths in very large cages. The guide told us all about sloths in English and Spanish.

It was reasonably interesting and informative. The sloths were mostly sleeping but some were moving around and doing cute sloth things.

One of the other people on the tour reached out and held the sloth toes (see the photo). I was surprised that the guide was ok with that because at the Jaguar centre they would have freaked out.

I think a young child would have struggled to be entertained for that length of time given that your interaction with the Sloths is limited mostly to looking at them in a cage.

Should you go? Many reviewers disagree with these type of operations but they seem to me to be a net benefit to Costa Rica.

Apparently they used to have a canoe tour as well and maybe that will come back when travel gets back to usual.
Written 2 April 2021
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Alexander P
7 contributions
Horrific.
Mar 2021 • Couples
It is difficult to even recount the horrific experience we had at this “sanctuary.” While we were awaiting our tour, we witnessed three dogs, presumably the owner’s, attack and maul a sloth. I do not know if the animal survived; we were so traumatized after witnessing this incident that we left the facility shortly thereafter. It is troubling that safeguards are not in place to ensure that the sloths receiving care are not injured further or killed while in captivity.
Written 16 March 2021
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zinc5
Allentown, PA21 contributions
Focus on Sloth Rescue
Dec 2020
absolutely enjoyed our time learning about the work to save and return animals into the wild, family owned and a little bit old-school style presentation but definitely great visit for a worthy cause.
Written 11 March 2021
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Amanda
Milwaukee, WI18 contributions
Selfless sanctuary
Feb 2021 • Couples
How can you really say 'off the beaten path' better than going to the jungle? But that's exactly the best place to find sloths. The Sloth Sanctuary is a place for sloths to heal as they're prepared for rehabilitation and release. By staying on property, you're able to have a close look at their work. You can immediately tell that the owners and staff put their entire hearts into their work. meeting the founder Judy was a highlight of our experience. Our room was comfortable with a modern bathroom. Truly a great jungle escape to enjoy the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Written 28 February 2021
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lolhark
Bucharest, Romania12 contributions
Up close sloth experience
Dec 2020 • Friends
We all loved this tour. There are two areas that we visited to see sloths up close. Jeff was very knowledgable and his grandparents are the founders of the sanctuary. We loved hearing how his grandmother devleoped the sanctuary and contributes to sloth research. There are some negative reviews and opinions that we encountered suggesting that this place is more of a zoo than a sanctuary. However, after doing my own research, I believe that they have the animals best interests at heart here and although they may release a smaller number of sloths into the wild than other sanctuaries, it is because they want to ensure the highest chance of survival. As a bonus, we also seen a group of howler monkeys passing through the trees at the sanctuary. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.
Written 4 January 2021
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Moritz F
Copenhagen, Denmark68 contributions
A must do
Dec 2020 • Solo
Go there to see the cutest creatures in the world! It’s not too expensive and the guide Jeff is very good.
Written 28 December 2020
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Elmomma
Fort Lee, NJ42 contributions
The best!
Dec 2020
Highlight of our visit to Costa Rica!! Incredible people, place and of course sloths! Owned by the most amazing and beautiful family. They put all their heart and soul into their place and their care for the sloths. We learned so much about sloths and now we want to learn more. We left with a warm heart, gratitude and complete appreciation for sloths . We will return for more.
Written 25 December 2020
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Susan B
1 contribution
Awful animal welfare do not go
Mar 2020
Do not visit or support this place, ignore all the reviews which say they are doing good work - they are not. The visitor experience takes you into two areas where sloths are crammed into large cages with a few wooden branches to climb about on so tourists can enjoy getting close to and taking lots of selfies - nothing at all to do with the welfare of the animals. The floor is tiled for easy mopping and everything is sparkly clean, not at all an enriched experience for these poor creatures, it is all just for tourists. Please think about the welfare of animals and not about your selfish wish to get up close to these fantastic animals - we all should be practicing responsible tourism. Look into their claims regarding releasing the sloths, they do not hold substance. Away from the tourist building you can just about see some of the small wire cages where most of these creatures are destined to spend their lives.
Written 10 December 2020
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