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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

#3 of 10 things to do in Cahuita Features Animals
Rte 36, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2750 0775
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Incredible caring place

We learnt so much on our visit and the main point was learning: sloths aren't lazy: they're... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
721Riley
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Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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Fantastic canoe ride down river,we saw sloths in their natural habitat as well as in the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
pangie36
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Canterbury, Kent
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rte 36, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We learnt so much on our visit and the main point was learning: sloths aren't lazy: they're methodical and use their time wisely to survive! I feel richer from this experience and felt sad for the injured sloths but happy to know that there are...More

Thank 721Riley
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words and for visiting the Sloth Sanctuary to support the rescued sloths in our care. We loved your photos, too! Hoping you enjoy the remainder of your Costa Rican holiday. ¡Pura vida!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic canoe ride down river,we saw sloths in their natural habitat as well as in the sanctuary. Learnt alot about the history of the sanctuary as well as about the sloths.After seeing 'Meet the sloths' on t.v it was amazing to see the place in...More

Thank pangie36
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review and for coming to the Sloth Sanctuary to meet the sloths and learn about them first-hand. The admission for your tour directly supports the rescued sloths in our care, so many thanks again. Safe travels, sloth lover!

Reviewed 6 days ago

The sanctuary makes tours combining a canoe trip through the canals at the place and then a tour showing the slots at the place a guide explaining the slots biology, and the history of the slots cared there. The guide was incredible, a great speaker.

Thank Darl0ck
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Glad you enjoyed your visit to see the sloths! We will share your generous comment with our tour guides. Hope you enjoy your stay in Costa Rica. Travel safe and have fun.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this tour and met part of the family that started it and heard their story. Tour was so great and informative!! We loved it!! Everyone was so nice!

1  Thank JenCasselli
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Jen, thank you for your review. We enjoyed meeting you, too! And we are always touched to know that travelers like you make the trek all the way here to see the sloths and learn about them. Many thanks again. Buen viaje :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this marvellous Sanctuary as part of a group of 12 persons on a special behind the scenes tour. What a wonderful day. A tour of the resident sloths that cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature of their injuries or...More

Thank Haywoodhiker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Cocles, we chose to visit the Sloth Sanctuary. The tour began with a one hour canoe ride that should be optional as it was very hot and few animals, birds, etc. were out for viewing. The tour itself led by Marcos was very...More

1  Thank WTPNorfolk
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is actually a sanctuary for all animals, but everyone loves sloths! This was a highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. A really well run facility, the tour of sanctuary is really informative, fun, and rewarding. You'll see all sorts of creatures that are...More

Thank NZGirl69
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I go to sanctuaries because it's distressing to me to see animals behind bars. I don't think I am alone in that. This is why I avoid zoos, because even if they do have "natural habitats", I can't help but know that these animals are...More

7  Thank Melanie G
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Melanie, we are certainly a lot more than two rooms with sloths in cages. The rescued sloths may not be here "FOREVER". Until there is a scientifically-proven protocol for releasing bottle-reared sloths, it is our belief that releasing these sloths would cause them to die...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This was one of the things we were most looking forward during our honeymoon & the reason we came down to the Caribbean coast! There's two options, either the standard tour or a behind the scenes. As it was our honeymoon we went for the...More

1  Thank edarnold2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Like the title says, it was a dream come true for my daughter and I. We have talked about coming here for several years and now that it finally happened.....it was absolutely worth it! We booked the Insiders Tour because we didn't want to miss...More

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Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

We are pleased that you and your daughter enjoyed your Insider's Tour! Thank you for your support of the sloths. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your Costa Rica travels.

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Candy S
26 March 2017|
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Response from s-pestic | Reviewed this property |
We went with princess cruises and as far as I knew they always run a trip there. However it is about 1 hour away from the cruise ship so unsure how you would get there other than on a trip. Why not contact the guys at the... More
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Candy S
26 March 2017|
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Response from Kevin R | Reviewed this property |
It's about a 45 minute ride from Limon to Cahuita. We learned that hotels could arrange set rate rides to any destination, that way traffic wouldn't change your cost. Rates were quite reasonable. Your cruise ship should be... More
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Crystal A
25 March 2017|
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Response from Perezosos | Property representative |
Hi, Crystal. MINAE inspected our facility multiple times last year following the slanderous charges by our former employees. The main finding was that we should not serve food near Buttercup's enclosure, so we've moved our... More
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