Visit us on the Caribbean Coast and see rescued sloths! Sorry, for their well-being and yours, only Sanctuary Staff may handle the animals. Read more about why below. And thank you!

BUTTERCUP TOUR  •  2-hour guided tour • Closed Mondays

$30 USD Adult  | Youth age 13+
$20 Senior 65+
$15 Child
age 5–12  | Children must be accompanied by adult

Buttercup the Sloth in her chair2-hour 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.

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

Pay on arrival by credit card or cash (US dollars or CR colones).

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.


4-hour small guided tourClosed Mondays
Advance booking & payment required.
Breakfast Tour (7:15AM arrival)
Lunch Tour (10:45AM arrival)
Click to request your tour

$150 USD Adult
$85   Senior
$75   Child/Youth age 6–18
Children must be accompanied by adult

4-hour tour (6 people maximum) offers extended time to learn all about and observe rescued sloths. The “behind the scenes” tour is for the ultimate sloth fan. Includes visits to the NICU to see incubator sloth babies and the “Slothpital”, where injured sloths recover and get well. Enjoy a light meal on our riverside verandah and a canoe trip on our shallow river to experience the sloths’ rainforest habitat.

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

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

Millie Room beds

Available Tuesday through Saturday nights.

Stay up to 2 nights. Breakfast included. Guests need to book the Insider’s Tour to stay at the Inn. Click to request tour & Inn availability  


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

May I hold a sloth?
Sorry, no, because it’s bad for 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. We know many sloth lovers dream of holding sloths, but since it is detrimental to the animals’ well-being, contact is limited to regular handlers. Only Sanctuary staff can touch or handle sloths. Thank you for understanding! 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 note the exact location where the sloth was found. Please take a snapshot of the GPS coordinates from your cell phone.
  • 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 of Costa Rica, we are a 320-acre nature preserve dedicated to sloths. 100% funded by proceeds from educational tours, the gift shop and onsite inn, as well as financial and equipment donations from around the world.