Insider’s Tour

NICU with incubator baby slothsInfant choloepus at the Sloth SanctuaryThe ultimate way to experience sloths in a small group (6 people maximum). 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 & outdoor climbing practice jungle gym (weather permitting)
  • Light meal. Please advise if you need a vegan/vegetarian/dairy-free/gluten-free/no added salt meal.
  • Buttercup™, the famous Bradypus from the “Meet the Sloths” series on Animal Planet™
  • View tropical lowland rainforest wildlife and plants from aboard a stable canoe with an experienced boatman/guide. From time to time, the river’s level changes: if too low or the current too swift, we may have to cancel this segment.
Guide on the Insider's Tour

Learn all about sloths from your experienced tour guide. Shown here: Marco.

>>> Guests who book the Insider’s Tour have the option to spend up to two nights at our onsite Buttercup Inn. <<<

Breakfast Tour

  • 8–9AM          Light breakfast & Costa Rican coffee
  • 9–10               Join in with the Buttercup Tour
  • 10–11              Visit NICU, Nursery, Slothpital, outdoor jungle gym (weather permitting)
  • 11AM–12PM  Guided river tour in a canoe

Lunch Tour

  • 10:45AM         Arrival time
  • 11AM–12PM   Join in with the Buttercup Tour
  • 12–1                 Light lunch
  • 1–2                   Guided river tour in a canoe
  • 2–3                  Visit NICU, Nursery, Slothpital, outdoor jungle gym (weather permitting)

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

Need to know:

See the rainforest from a new perspective

Each tour includes a gentle float down the Estrella River to enjoy wildlife and lowland tropical flora

  • Maximum 6 participants (except family/friends traveling together).
  • Requires advance reservation & payment. Please contact us for availability (see below). Reservations held for 24 hours after PayPal invoice is issued. You do not need a PayPal account, just a credit card.
  • Take plenty of (non-flash) photos of sloths during the tour, but sorry, no holding or touching sloths.
  • Just one Breakfast Tour and one Lunch Tour given per day, Tues–Sun.


  • Adult & youth age 13 and older: $150 USD per person
  • Child age 5–12: $75 USD each
  • Age 4 and younger: no charge
  • Payment is final; no refunds. If you need to cancel or change your visit, email us right away at We will make every effort to reschedule within two years of your original arrival date, based on availability. If you cannot reschedule within that period, your payment will be considered a donation to the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

Your admission/donation helps provide food, veterinary care and facilities upgrades for rescued sloths. We thank you for helping make this possible.


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Preferred tour date (Tuesday through Sunday only; closed Mondays):

Which tour?:
 Breakfast Tour (8 AM) Lunch Tour (10:45 AM)

How many guests?:
Adult & youth (age 13+)
Child (age 5–12)

Dietary restrictions?
No added salt

If you would also like to book a room at our Buttercup Inn, please complete the form on the Buttercup Inn page.

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