Visit the Sanctuary & meet the sloths! Two tour options:

BUTTERCUP TOUR  •  2 hours    Tuesdays–Sundays only
Meet Buttercup at the Sloth SanctuaryMeet Buttercup™ the sloth, visit the Sloth Nursery, learn about sloths and take a guided canoe ride to experience the sloths’ natural habitat. Great for families. Group size: up to 20 people.
Adult & youth age 13 and older: $30 USD
Child age 5–12: $15 / Age 4 and younger: no charge
8AM–2PM, Tues–Sun. Please arrive 15 minutes early to join the group at the top of the hour. No advance booking, unless for groups of 20 or more.

INSIDER’S TOUR  •  4 hours  •  Tuesdays–Sundays only
Insiders Tour at the Sloth SanctuarySee tiny sloth newborns in the NICU, juveniles in the Sloth Nursery, meet Buttercup™ and more, including a canoe ride to experience the sloths’ natural habitat. Includes a light meal.
Adult & youth age 13 and older: $150 USD
Child age 5–12: $75 / Age 4 and younger: no charge
Tues–Sun, 8AM (Breakfast tour) or 10:45AM (Lunch tour). Advance booking & payment required. Check availability here. Book up to a year in advance.
Gift certificates available for the Insider’s Tour: details here.

BUTTERCUP INN Tues–Sat nights only; closed Sun & Mon nights
Buttercup Inn guest roomComing all the way here for your Insider’s Tour? Book a room at our recently refurbished, clean, comfortable Inn! Insider’s Tour & rooms available separately (no packages) but you may reserve at the same time. Check availability. Room rates include breakfast.

• • • OPENING HOURS • • •
Tours: Tues–Sun; closed Mondays.
Buttercup Inn: Tues–Sat nights only; Inn is closed Sunday and Monday nights. Check-in 2PM/Check-out 12PM.
• • • LOCATION: How to get here

Drive a rental car: Set GPS to Latitude 9.799565 Longitude -82.915112
Route 36, about 30 minutes south of Limon

Interbus: Route is Limon/Cahuita/Hone Creek/Puerto Viejo. Ask to be dropped at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary. See a yellow “sloth crossing” sign at the bus stop near our gate.

EasyRide Shuttle: Contact for info here.

Cielo Azul Van charter: A great way to get here from San José. Details here.

We rescue, rehabilitate and research sloths with the goal of releasing them to their natural habitat. Those that cannot be released (disability or lack of essential survival skills) are provided with balanced nutrition, veterinary care, exercise, socialization with other sloths. We are 100% funded by proceeds from our tours, gift shop, Inn and from generous donors around the world. Thank you for your support!

FAQ in brief | See full FAQ here
Can I hold/hug/touch a sloth?
Can I volunteer or intern at the Sanctuary?
Do you need veterinary help?
What should I bring/wear?
How can I learn more about sloths?
What can I bring to donate?
Media inquiries

Can I hold/hug/touch a sloth?
No. A sloth’s heart rate rapidly increases (tachycardia) from stress if held by strangers. They are also exposed to foreign microbes and allergens, which can compromise their immunity. For their well-being and yours, do not touch Sanctuary sloths or sloths being exploited for photos along the road as you travel in Costa Rica. See why here.
Can I volunteer or intern at the Sanctuary?
No. We cannot have volunteers at the Sanctuary, even if you have veterinary or animal training education. We had a program in the past but terminated it for several reasons—sloth health being the main concern. Details here. For other wildlife volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica, search for the most current offerings here.
Do you need veterinary help?
No. We have a full veterinary staff and do not anticipate future openings. Thank you for your interest.
What should I bring/wear?
+ Plenty of your own purified bottled drinking water. It’s hot here! Get water on your way to the Sanctuary at any of the local markets.
+ Rain gear, sun protection, sun hat, closed-toe shoes. Weather details here.
How can I learn more about sloths?
See our About sloths entries. Read our Research blog posts here. A new webpage of downloadable educational tools for teachers and activities for students is in the works. Stay tuned! You can also find interesting data from sloth researcher
What can I bring to donate?
Meyenberg® Whole Powdered Goat Milk is the most immediate need, as orphaned infant sloths are fed goat milk as a substitute for their mothers’ milk. The powdered formula is hard to purchase in Costa Rica, so we appreciate donations. The sloths are also in need of 3M VetRap veterinary tape (available here at Mailing address in the US: Sloth Sanctuary, P O Box 2141, Winter Park FL 32789 USA. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
Media inquiries
We request 60 days’ advance notice to film at the Sanctuary or interview founder Judy Avey-Arroyo or Sanctuary veterinarians. Email details of your project to

Phone +506 2750