Insider’s Tour

NICU with incubator baby slothsThe ultimate way to experience sloths. Available in English and Spanish, this 4-hour “behind-the-scenes” guided tour includes:

  • “Slothpital” clinic
  • NICU—infant sloths in incubators
  • Nursery—rescued baby sloths
  • Rehabilitation exercise & climbing practice area
  • Light breakfast or lunch with Buttercup in her hanging basket chair
  • A river tour in a comfortable canoe with an expert boatman/guide. Note: From time to time, the level of the river changes. If too low or the current overly swift, we may have to cancel the river tour for your safety.
  • Stroll along our tranquil, well-maintained rainforest trail to see wildlife and lush vegetation—weather-permitting.
Personal guide on the Insider's Tour

Learn all about sloths from your guide

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book your Insider’s Tour plus a stay at our Buttercup Inn. Learn more here.

Breakfast Tour

  • 7:45AM    Arrival time/Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee!
  • 8–9           Light breakfast in dining area with Buttercup
  • 9-10          Join in with the Buttercup Tour
  • 10–11        Visit the NICU, Nursery, Slothpital, exercise area with personal guide
  • 11–12PM  Guided river tour in a canoe

Lunch Tour

  • 10:45AM   Arrival time
  • 11–12PM   Join in with the Buttercup Tour
  • 12–1           Light lunch in dining area with Buttercup
  • 1–2             Guided river tour in a canoe
  • 2–3             Visit the NICU, Nursery, Slothpital, exercise area with personal guide

The order of your tour may be different, depending on weather or other conditions.

Because your tour includes a light breakfast or lunch, please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requests (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, no added salt, etc.)

Need to know:

See the rainforest from a new perspective

Guided canoe tour on the Rio Estrella

  • Requires advance reservation & payment. Use form below or send request to Reservations held for 24 hours after PayPal invoice is issued.
  • Take plenty of (non-flash) photos of sloths but, sorry, no holding or touching sloths.
  • Maximum 6 participants (except family/friends traveling together).
  • One Insider’s Breakfast Tour and one Insider’s Lunch Tour given per day, Tuesday–Sunday.


  • Adults & children age 11+: $150 per person
  • Children 5-10: $75 each. Under age 4: free

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Your admission/donation helps provide food, veterinary care and facilities upgrades for rescued sloths. Thank you for your support.