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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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Rte 36, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2750 0775
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Important conservation and awareness

The sloth sanctuary is a well run operation to promote awareness on sloths and the threats from... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lilian M
Guatemala City, Guatemala

My fiancé is obsessed with Sloths, we made our trip to Costa Rica mainly to come and visit places... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Julian H
via mobile
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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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  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
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Rte 36, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2750 0775
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The sloth sanctuary is a well run operation to promote awareness on sloths and the threats from human encroachment in their environment. The staff are resourceful, kind, and engaging offering a thorough and enjoyable recount of sloth biology and ecology. The tour includes a visit...More

Thank Lilian M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My fiancé is obsessed with Sloths, we made our trip to Costa Rica mainly to come and visit places like the Sloth Sanctuary and Jaguar Rescue. We paid extra for the insiders tour which takes about 3 hours, the first 1.5hrs was mashed up with...More

1  Thank Julian H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The information given is quite interesting and you get to see the sloths up close. The canoe ride wasn't up to much tho. If you haven't seen any sloths on your travels I'd do it … otherwise not

Thank Daniel9990
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the night at their hotel, then did the insiders tour. A boat ride to look for animals started our tour. The general tour area showed several sloths who were unable to be returned to their natural habitat. They had issues that would prevent...More

Thank mousegram56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The insiders tour is a lot more than the buttercup tour however my fiancé and I travelled all the way from Australia to Costa Rica due to my love of sloths so I wanted to make sure I got a really good experience. My favourite...More

1  Thank lucymatilda04
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a excellent time here saw frogs green and red leaf cutting ants they were incredible and of course sloths got really close to them amazing we did not do this trip through thompsons but used jeiner from the beach by the riu guancaste

1  Thank dariandoreen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As the title suggests, we were skeptical to visit, but we came away feeling happy that the Sloth Sanctuary does the very best for the creatures in their care. The tour started with an hour long canoe ride, where we were able to see basilisk...More

1  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the Sloth Sanctuary without a tour. We just drove up and purchased tickets. This is slow season so there were no lines and it wasn't crowded. We did the canoe tour with just two boats and we were able to...More

1  Thank sohler00
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

A very nice tour given by an experienced tour guide who gave detailed introduction of two different types of sloths. Got to see various species of sloths - they do move as slowly as we see in the movie Zootopia, which is fun to watch....More

Thank Rachel Z
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It is not that they are in protection so long that they cannot survive! It is because they lack the survival skills that are only taught by sloth mothers. We want sloths to be free but if they cannot forage on their own because they...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

This was highlight!!! The tour is amazing! First we arrived and look at buttercup- the oldest sloth that sits in her chair (you don't need to pay for a tour to see her). We started the cano tour that we saw monkeys, crabs, crocodile, and...More

Thank 387adik
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Your enthusiastic review says it all. We are glad you enjoyed the canoe portion of the Buttercup Tour! We believe people feel closer to the rainforest and its astounding wildlife when they experience it first-hand from the peaceful vantage point of the river. Thank you...More

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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
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
Crystal A
24 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