Buttercup Tour

A Guided  2 hour tour with optional jungle trail hike

Buttercup is happily munching on Cecropia flower buds while hanging from her basket…. waiting to see you!

Cost: $25 per adult

Children under 4 years – free

5 – 11 years of age – $15

12 years and up – $25

A reservation is not needed.

This highly recommended tour offers a delightful introduction to the wonderful world of the sloth. It includes a one-hour guided canoe ride through the bayous of the Estrella River Delta where, if you watch carefully, you may see wild sloths as well as other inhabitants of the rainforest.

Learn more about the extraordinary sloth through a fascinating presentation on its natural history, from the prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth to our present-day tree sloths, and an opportunity to meet and photograph some of our permanent residents, including the world-famous queen of the Sanctuary, Buttercup, and of course meet the tiniest residents, the orphan baby sloths.

A browse through our gift shop (proceeds also support the sanctuary) brings our Buttercup Tour to an end. Additionally, you may take an optional, self-guided walk through our well-maintained jungle trail (though seasonally available, so please inquire with your guide).

Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday), gates open at 8 am; last tour begins at 2:00 pm. A new tour begins every hour on the hour. A reservation is not needed.

Would you like a more detailed longer tour? Check out the Insider’s Tour for a one of kind special experience.

Note: The order of the tour could change due to circumstances beyond our control.



If you rent a car, ask your car rental agent to highlight the route from the agency office through San Jose to Highway 32 to the Caribbean (Limon). If you become hopelessly lost – and getting out of San Jose can be a real challenge!! – ask a taxi driver to guide you to the entrance to Highway 32 and offer him $5. Once you are on the highway, follow the big green and white road signs to Limon, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Sixaola, etc.  Aviarios is approximately 31 kilometers south of Limon. Driving time is approximately 3 hours without stops. Just before our gate you will see two bus stops, one on either side of the road, with SLOTH CROSSING signs; a beautiful portrait of Buttercup announces your arrival to the SLOTH SANCTUARY and AVIARIOS DEL CARIBE HOTEL on the left hand side of the road. The metal gate is light green.


Driving north we are one kilometer north of the Estrella River Bridge (the only two-lane iron-girdered overhead bridge) on the right hand side. From Puerto Viejo – 35 kilometers; from Cahuita – 11 kilometers