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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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Skeptical but delighted!

As the title suggests, we were skeptical to visit, but we came away feeling happy that the Sloth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sarah H
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Queenstown, New Zealand
via mobile
Loved it!

My husband and I visited the Sloth Sanctuary without a tour. We just drove up and purchased... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
sohler00
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Columbiana, Ohio
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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 good19%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“canoe ride” (95 reviews)
“adult sloths” (50 reviews)
“baby sloths” (96 reviews)
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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 5 days 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 6 days 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

Thank sohler00
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED going to the sanctuary. Highlight of my trip. There were only two things I didn't like: the canoe ride was pretty boring although I did see lots of nature and the fact that they had no wifi, so I had to wait until...More

Thank Shannon M
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Shannon, thank you for your review. It's funny how people respond to the canoe portion. The purpose is to help sloth lovers like you experience the biodiversity of a protected area of rainforest. If the forest disappears due to human exploits, the wildlife will have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had read some negative reviews so was unsure about visiting. The boat ride seemed a bit superfluous but Carl, our boatman, was knowledgeable about the animals and plants and we saw a young crocodile! The tour with sloths was great; very informative. It is a...More

Thank Paul C
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Right you are! We are not a zoo. We are a rescue facility that offers educational tours so people can learn all about sloths and their habitat. Our goal is to raise awareness about rainforest conservation so sloths and other wildlife won't face needless extinction...More

Reviewed 5 weeks 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

1  Thank 721Riley
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 17 August 2017 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

1  Thank pangie36
Perezosos, Public Relations Manager at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 14 August 2017

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 4 weeks ago

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 11 August 2017 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 4 weeks ago

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 :)

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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
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
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