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  •  pricing shown in US dollars

$30   Adult/Teen    age 13 and +
$15    Child    age 5–12
n/c     Young child    age 4 and –
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For groups of 20 or more people together, please scroll to group information below.

Buttercup the Sloth in her chairThis fun, interactive, informative tour introduces you to Costa Rican sloths – what they eat, how they live, what makes them unique. Includes a placid canoe trip on our river to experience the sloths’ rainforest habitat. Duration about 2 hours.

Please arrive 20 minutes early to register before your Buttercup Tour begins at the top of the hour. Start times are 8:00AM/9:00AM/10:00AM/11:00AM/12:00PM/1:00PM/2:00PM, Tuesday through Sunday.

Credit card or cash (US$ or CR colones) accepted at registration. Advance booking is required only for groups of 20 or more people together.

GROUPS (20 or more people together):
We welcome groups of 20 or more people with advance booking and payment. Please email us your group’s desired tour date and details to We will check availability and invoice you via PayPal. For your group of 20 or more with advance booking, the admission/donation is:
$25 for each adult in your group
$22 for each student with school or university ID in your group

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 • pricing shown in US dollars

Offered twice daily, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Morning Tour:
8:45AM  arrival & registration

Afternoon Tour:
12:45PM  arrival & registration

Your Insider’s Tour includes all the sloth fun of the Buttercup Tour (including canoe segment) with other guests, then you’ll go “behind the scenes” to the Slothpital clinic and NICU/Nursery. You may see infant sloths eating, sleeping or even outdoors on the jungle gym. Duration about 3 hours.

$150  Adult    age 19–64
$75    Child/Teen    age 6–18
$85    Senior    age 65 and +
n/c      Young child    age 5 and –
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking and payment are required in advance—it’s easy! Here’s how:

  1. Request your preferred tour date using the contact form in the link below.
  2. We will email you to confirm availability of your requested date.
  3. We will send you an invoice via PayPal. You may pay by credit card. No PayPal account is needed.
  4. When the invoice is paid and you receive confirmation, your Insider’s Tour is booked! Please print your invoice and bring it with you. Details about rescheduling are on your invoice.
    Are you ready to request your Insider’s Tour? > Click here

Gift Certificates for the Insider’s Tour:
Please email details to We will respond promptly with a PayPal invoice payable by credit card. Once paid, we will send you a Gift Certificate PDF for the lucky recipient. Valid for two years from issue date.

Millie Room beds

Available Tuesday through Saturday nights.

If you would like to stay at our clean, comfortable Inn, please book the Insider’s Tour. Stay up to three nights and explore other treasures of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline. Your room rate includes continental breakfast and one bottle of filtered drinking water for each guest.

> 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

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 our 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?
We know many sloth lovers dream of holding sloths, but it is not good 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.

Also: Please 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, then report them to the police by calling 911.  top of page

Can I volunteer, work, intern or help 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 who 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.