Visit us on Costa Rica's South Caribbean Coast to see and learn about sloths and their rainforest habitat. Choose form the Buttercup Tour or the "behind the scenes" Insider's Tour. For the sloths' safety and yours, only Sanctuary staff may handle the animals. Please ready why in the brief FAQs below. Thank you for understanding. Please check the FAQ and How to get here pages for helpful trip planning information.

BUTTERCUP TOUR  •  Not available Mondays

US$30 Adult  | Youth age 13+
$15 Child age 5–12  |  Free for children under age 5  | Children must be accompanied by adult

Buttercup the Sloth in her chairThis guided tour introduces you to Costa Rican sloths – what they eat, how they live, what makes them unique. Includes a canoe trip on our shallow river to experience the sloths’ rainforest habitat first-hand. Duration: 2 hours.

Please arrive 20 minutes to register & pay before tour begins at 8AM/9AM/10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM/2PM.

Credit card or cash (US dollars or CR colones) accepted.

Up to 20 guests per tour. No advance booking unless you are a group of 20 or more.

The parking area is secure; however, as with all locations in Costa Rica, please lock your car.

NO PETSNO PETS! NO MASCOTAS! Please do not bring your dog. Do not leave pets in car or tie up outside. Service animals welcome, kindly contact us in advance so we can explain regulations.


INSIDER’S TOURTiny infant Koki on plush in incubator  •  Not available Mondays

Choose from …

  • Morning Tour • 8:45AM registration
  • Afternoon Tour • 12:45PM registration

Your tour includes the Buttercup Tour (including canoe segment) with other guests, then you’ll go “behind the scenes” to the Slothpital, Nursery and NICU. You may see infant sloths eating, sleeping or even outdoors on the jungle gym, depending on scheduling. Duration: 3 hours

US$150 Adult
$85   Senior 65+
$75   Child/Youth age 6–18
Free for children under age 6
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Advance booking & payment required, please.
Offered Tuesdays through Sundays. Advance booking required.

Click to request your tour!

The parking area is secure; however, as with all locations in Costa Rica, please lock your car.

Gift Certificates for the Insider’s Tour: Click to purchase

Millie Room beds

Available Tuesday through Saturday nights.

If you would like to stay at the Inn, please book the Insider’s Tour. Stay up to three nights and explore the other treasures of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline. Your room rate includes continental breakfast and one bottle of filtered water for each guest. We look forward to your staying with us!

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HOW TO GET HERE Click for details

From USA: Southwest Airlines to San José, Costa Rica
From San José:  Sansa Airlines to Limon. 2 flights a day
From Liberia, Costa Rica: Nature Air to Limon

Set GPS to Latitude 9.799565  Longitude -82.915112 Route 36

Take route Limon/Cahuita/Hone Creek/Puerto Viejo. Ask driver to stop at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary. See yellow “sloth crossing” sign near our front gate.

EasyRide Shuttle

TOP 5 MOST-ASKED QUESTIONS  • Click here for full FAQ

May I hold a sloth?

Can I volunteer, work, intern or help with veterinary needs at the Sanctuary?

I’m coming to visit! Where can I get water & snacks?

Where can I learn about sloths?

Media inquiries

I want to hold or touch a sloth. May I?
We know many sloth lovers dream of holding sloths, but it is not good for the sloths. The sloths’ regular handlers are the only people allowed to touch or hold the sloths. When handled by unfamiliar people, a sloth has a stress reaction of tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rate) that weakens the heart muscle, a cause of premature death. Also, humans are carriers of foreign microbes and allergens that can compromise the sloth’s immune system.

Also: We urge travelers to avoid roadside locals who let tourists hold a sloth for a photo. These people are known to tear away a baby from its mother in order to exploit it for money. After your photo is taken, they discard the baby inhumanely, leaving it to die slowly from malnutrition or dehydration. If you see someone trying this, please take a photo of them and report to the police by calling 911.  top of page

Can I volunteer, work, intern or help with veterinary needs at the Sanctuary?
We appreciate your interest in sloths and desire to contribute, but we’re not hiring volunteers, interns or staff. As Costa Rica is still a developing country, we feel obligated to hire local Costa Ricans and offer veterinary clinical rotations solely to university students that reside in Costa Rica. Also, years ago we learned that too many handlers caused the animals to be ill or die prematurely due to tachycardia, foreign microbes and allergens (such as in fragrances). Thank you for understanding. We invite you to search for Costa Rican wildlife volunteer opportunities by clicking here.
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I’m coming to visit! Where can I get bottled water & snacks?
Purified bottled drinking water is essential for your comfort & health in tropical Costa Rica! On your way to the Sanctuary, seek out a local market or our favorite, Auto Mercado (multiple locations). top of page

Where can I learn about sloths?
See our About sloths entries, Facebook page and check out what sloth scientist Becky Cliffe has learned from her research. top of page

Media inquiries
We require 60 days’ notice to film at the Sanctuary or interview Judy Avey-Arroyo. Send details of your request to

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Phone +506 2750

Urgent sloth rescue: +506 2750 0775

  • If you find a sloth that needs rescuing, it is crucial to tell us the exact location where the sloth was found. Use your mobile phone to take a screen capture of the GPS coordinates.
  • Si encuentra un perezoso que requiere ser rescatado, es muy importante que nos indica su ubicacion exacta. Se puede obtener la ubicacion exacta tomando una captura de pantalla de las cardinales GPS desde su celular.

Located on the southeast Caribbean side, we are a 320-acre nature preserve dedicated to sloths. The Sanctuary is funded solely by proceeds from educational tours, the gift shop and inn, as well as financial and equipment donations from generous donors around the world.