Buttercup Tour

Canoe on the Estrella River

There is so much to see from the canoe

This tour offers an introduction to the wonderful world of the sloth. It includes an informative, relaxing canoe tour with an expert boatman/guide on the part of the Estrella River that fronts our property. A stable 6-passenger canoe carries you through riverine vegetation, where you will see native wildlife and birds along the way—perhaps even a caiman!

Learn about sloths through a presentation on their natural history, from the prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth to our present-day tree sloths. You will also meet and be able to photograph some of our permanent sloth residents, including Buttercup and the baby sloths in our juvenile nursery.


Buttercup poses for the photos from her basket chair

A browse through the gift shop (100% of proceeds support the Sanctuary) completes the tour. Continue on with an optional self-guided walk through our well-maintained jungle trail (seasonally available; please ask your guide.)


  • Adults & children 11 and older: $30 per person
  • Children 5–10: $15 per person
  • Children 4 years and younger: free

Important information:

  • Tours begin on the hour, 8AM– 2PM, Tuesday–Sunday (closed Mondays.)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the tour start time for registration and payment.
  • Please allow sufficient time for transportation to the Sanctuary and parking.
  • Advanced reservations not required
  • Up to 20 guests per tour

Thank you for choosing to tour our facility. Your admission/donation helps provide food, veterinary care and much more for our sloths. It costs over $400 annually to feed one adult sloth, and $13 for just one can of imported goat milk for one infant sloth. Your support makes a significant difference toward the sustainability of the Sloth Sanctuary and the Costa Rican rainforest.