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Open year-round, 6 days a week. Closed Mondays.
Also closed 23 November & 25 December, 2017

Visit us on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast and take an educational tour to learn all about sloths!

 

BUTTERCUP TOUR
A fun, interactive introduction to sloths: how they live, what they eat, why they are unique and how human encroachment affects them. Includes a 45-minute canoe ride to experience their habitat. Guided canoe tour on the Rio EstrellaSturdy fiberglass canoe fits six guests comfortably, and there no need to paddle. Your local boatman guide will glide you along the shallow Estrella River to see protected lowland rainforest flora and fauna.
Entire tour duration: about 2 hours

$30   Adult/Teen  age 13+
$15    Child  age 5–12
n/c      Young child  up to age 4
Age 12 and younger must be accompanied by adult

Arrive 20 minutes early to register before Buttercup Tour begins at
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.

BUTTERCUP TOUR / GROUPS 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.
$25 for each adult in your group
$22 for each student in your group with school or university ID

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
When parking in our lot, hide valuables and lock your car.

NO PETSNO PETS/NO MASCOTAS 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 at 9:00AM
  • Afternoon Tour  //  12:45PM  arrival & registration / Tour at 1:00PM

The 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.
Entire tour duration: about 3 hours

Tiny rescued infant sloth in a NICU incubator$150  Adult  age 19–64
$75    Youth  age 6–18
$85    Senior
  age 65+
n/c      Child  age 5 and younger
Youths/children must be accompanied by adult.

Booking and payment required in advance:

  1. Request your tour date using contact form. We will email you to confirm availability.
  2. We will send an invoice via PayPal that you may pay by credit card. PayPal account is not necessary.
  3. When you receive confirmation from us about your payment, your Insider’s Tour is booked! Print invoice and bring it with you. Note: Cancellation or rescheduling info is on the invoice.

INSIDER'S TOUR BOOKING REQUEST

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Preferred tour date (Tuesday through Sunday only; closed Mondays):

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How many guests, please?:

$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!

Is there anything else you need us to know about your visit?

Press SEND below. If you cannot send the form, email details to Tours@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
Tuesday through Saturday nights only

Booking the Insider’s Tour is required to stay at the Inn. 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

FLY
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

DRIVE
Set GPS to Latitude 9.799565  Longitude -82.915112 Route 36

Sloth Crossing sign at bus stop outside our gateBUS/SHUTTLE
Interbus:
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. We know many sloth lovers dream of holding sloths, but it is bad for the sloths. Only the sloths’ regular Sanctuary staff handlers are allowed to touch and hold 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, 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 Media@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.