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Marco leading Buttercup Tour in the Learning CenterA fun, informative introduction to sloths. You’ll meet the sloths in enclosures in the Learning Center and learn why they are unique animals.

During your 45-minute canoe float you may see a wild sloth in the trees, as well as other Costa Rican wildlife. Guided canoe tour on the Rio EstrellaYour boatman, a Tico guide, will paddle you along the Estrella River shallows to see protected lowland rainforest.
Entire Buttercup Tour duration: about 2 hours

Only Sanctuary staff may handle sloths, per MINAE conservation regulations and because sloths feel frightened when handled by unfamiliar people.

US$30   Adult/Teen  age 13+For inquiries from Costa Rica regarding tours, please phone us directly at 2750-0775
US$15   Child  age 5–12
n/c    Young child  up to age 4
Age 12 and younger must be accompanied by adult

Call or email us to book your Buttercup Tour:
+506 2750-0775

Please call/email at least two days prior to when you’d like to take a Buttercup Tour.
We’ll check the schedule and advise which tour slots are available for you. The booking line is open 8AM–3PM, Tuesday through Sunday, year round (except Mondays, U.S. Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.)

Buttercup Tour start times 8:00AM / 9:00AM / 10:00AM / 11:00AM / 12:00PM / 1:00PM / 2:00PM

Credit card or cash (US$ or CR colones) accepted at registration. Advance booking accepted only for a group of 20 or more.

For 20 or more visiting together, send details to Tours@SlothSanctuary.com. We will check availability then invoice you via PayPal.
US$25 for each adult in your group
US$22 for each student in your group with school or university ID

PARKING: Remove all valuables and lock your vehicle.

Drive times - approximate - to the Sanctuary. Traffic/construction/rain may add travel time. Due to road conditions, driving atfer dark not advised. From San Jose: 4 hrs 20 min. From Limon: 35 min. From Cahuita 15 min.

Dogs prohibited. Do not leave dogs in car. Do not tie up dogs outside.
Service animals excepted, but email us in advance so we can explain regulations.

A rescued infant in a NICU incubatorINSIDER’S TOUR

  • Morning Tour // 8:45AM  arrival & registration / Tour begins at 9:00AM
  • Afternoon Tour // 12:45PM  arrival & registration / Tour begins at 1:00PM

Tiny rescued choloepus in blanketThe Insider’s Tour includes everything in the Buttercup Tour, plus you will go “behind the scenes” to see the Slothpital clinic and visit infant and baby sloths in the NICU/Nursery.

For an optimal experience, the number of guests is typically limited to 6 total.
Entire Insider’s Tour duration: about 3 hours

Only Sanctuary staff may handle sloths, per MINAE conservation regulations and because sloths exhibit tachycardia when handled by unfamiliar people.

US$150  Adult  age 19–64For inquiries from Costa Rica regarding tours, please phone us directly at 2750-0775
US$75    Youth  age 6–18
US$85    Senior  age 65 and up
n/c     Child  through age 5
Youths/children must be accompanied by adult.

Insider’s Tour booking & payment required in advance.

How to book your Insider’s Tour

  1. Request tour date using form below.
  2. We will email you to confirm availability and send your invoice via PayPal.
  3. Please pay your invoice via PayPal using a major credit card. A PayPal account is not required, just your credit card.
  4. When you receive payment confirmation from us, your Insider’s Tour is booked!
  5. Please print invoice to show to us when you arrive.
  6. Cancellation/rescheduling information is detailed on your invoice.


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$150 Adult 19–64

$75 Youth 6–18

$85 Senior 65+

n/c Child 5 and younger

If you would also like to book a room at our Buttercup Inn, please complete the form on the Buttercup Inn page.

When we receive your request, we will promptly check availability then respond by email. If your requested date is available, we will email you a PayPal invoice to be paid via a credit card. When you pay the invoice, your booking is confirmed!

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Press SEND below. If you cannot send the form, email details to ContactUs@SlothSanctuary.com. Thank you for supporting the sloths with your tour.

Insider’s Tour Gift Certificates
Send details to Tours@SlothSanctuary.com. We will respond promptly with a PayPal invoice that you may pay by credit card. Once paid, we will email a Gift Certificate for the lucky recipient. Valid for two years from issue date.

Updated rooms at our Buttercup InnBUTTERCUP INN

Booking the Insider’s Tour is required to stay at the Inn. Available Tuesday through Saturday night. Stay up to three nights and explore other area attractions. Room rate includes continental breakfast.

> Click to request your Insider’s Tour & stay at the Buttercup Inn

HOW TO GET HERE Click for details

From USA: Southwest Airlines to San José, Costa Rica
From San José and Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast: Sansa Airlines to Limon (2 flights a day from San José)
From Liberia, Costa Rica: Nature Air to Limon

Set GPS to Latitude 9.799565  Longitude -82.915112 Route 36

Sloth Crossing sign at bus stop outside our gateBUS/SHUTTLE
Take route Limon/Cahuita/Hone Creek/Puerto Viejo. Ask driver to stop at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary. See large yellow sloth crossing sign at the bus stop near front gate.

EasyRide Shuttle

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

I want to touch or hold a sloth. May I?

Can I volunteer, work, intern or help 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?
No. Per MINAE conservation regulations, only Sanctuary staff are allowed to handle sloths. When handled by unfamiliar people, sloths exhibit tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rate) that weakens the heart muscle, a cause of premature death. Also, foreign microbes and allergens attached to guests can compromise rescued sloths’ immune systems.

Note: Avoid roadside locals who lure tourists to pose for a photo holding a sloth. They will tear a baby away from its mother to exploit it for money. After they take your photo is taken, they discard the baby inhumanely, leaving it to die from malnutrition or dehydration. If you see someone trying this, please take a photo of them, then call 911 to report them to the police.  top of page

Can I volunteer, work, intern or help at the Sanctuary?
We are not hiring volunteers or staff. We are proud to hire local Costa Ricans and offer veterinary clinical rotations solely to university students who reside in Costa Rica. Too many handlers causes the animals to fall ill or die prematurely due to tachycardia, foreign microbes and allergens. For Costa Rican wildlife volunteer opportunities check 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 here, 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, newsletters or Facebook page. 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 Support@SlothSanctuary.com

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Phone +506 2750 0775ContactUs@SlothSanctuary.com

Urgent sloth rescue: +506 2750 0775

  • If you find an injured, orphaned or abandoned sloth, tell us the exact location where you found the sloth. 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 and rescue center. The Sanctuary is funded solely by proceeds from educational tours, the gift shop and inn and generous donors around the world.