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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Cahuita
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Two types of tours to see sloths and learn about their diminishing rainforest habitat. Sorry, no direct contact with sloths, for their well-being and yours. "Buttercup Tour" requires no advance reservation; just arrive about 20 minutes before the top of the hour (8AM–2PM) to register. Duration about 2 hours. "Insider's Tour" is given twice daily and requires advance booking. This tour includes everything in the Buttercup Tour plus "behind-the-scenes" visits to the NICU, Slothpital, climbing area and more. Admission/donations collected directly support the sloths – their rescue, rehabilitation, wellness, research, housing and enrichments. Thank you for supporting the sloths with your tour!
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We visited the sanctuary last week. Judy is an absolute inspiration, along with her grandson, the knowledge and passion was just exuding from them. The boat ride, the jungle walk, were fantastic. This review is only brief, as words are not enough to explain the wonder of this place. An idyllic place, if you are anywhere near this here, please please visit!!

Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We visited with my teenage son us has always wanted to see a sloth. We booked through our cruise line who took us by bus.

When we arrived we were greeted by one of the family members who took us to meet the sloths and gave us lots of information.

The owner / founder of the sanctuary brought out her first sloth Buttercup who is now famous. She spent time with everyone, telling them about the work she does to save and protect the sloths.

We had a short canoe ride along the rivet looking for wildlife and a nature trail.

My only negative for people travelling through a cruise excursion, would be the number of people with our guide (he wasn't part of the sanctuary team) only the first few people in the line could hear what he was saying in the nature trail. The trail would be better done either in small groups or by going of individually. I feel we would have seen more.

A big thank you to the sanctuary team for a fantastic time. The work you are doing is amazing, my son was ecstatic with his trip and photos he has. I would highly recommend a visit. A wonderful family who genuinely care and are not running this just to make money from tourists.

I would recommend this for all age groups, people with mobility issues may find accessing the canoes difficult, however don't let that our you off visiting the sloths. You could opt out of the canoe and spend more time with the sloths instead :-)

1  Thank kazemporium
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

My husband and I were staying near San Jose, and decided during our trip that we would like to visit the sloth sanctuary. We tried to get trasportation via interbus, but found that to be difficult and they did not have record of our reservation the day we were supposed to meet the bus. We opted to rent a car and drive (we were terrified!) but found it to be extremely easy and a very nice drive. Just make sure you get a GPS (there are no road signs in Costa Rica :) ). It was about a 3.5 hr drive which took you right over the mountains, past bannana plantations, and through the port city of Limon. Depending on the time of your drive i would say it could take anywhere from 3-4.5 due to traffic.

Once we got to the sanctuary, we were greeted by Ursula. We were a little concerned as there was a huge tour bus filled with guests from a cruise ship, but she ensured us that they would be leaving soon. We were the only guests staying that night and had an insiders breakfast tour scheduled for Friday morning. We decided to check out the beach at Cahuita National Park which is close by. The beach was beautiful and we ate at sobre las olas for dinner at the recommendation of Jeffery and Becky. (So GOOOOOD!)

The rooms are dated and not the nicest, but they were fine for us and we were happy that they had air conditioning. Just a word of advice, since the family lives there, you won't see much of them in the evening. So, if you have any questions or problems it could be an issue as I do not know who you would contact :)

In the morning, you will be greeted by the sounds of chickens, birds, and howler monkeys :) Our tour started with a basic breakfast at 7:00 am (coffee, eggs, toast, juice, Fruit). After that we went on our Insiders tour. We were the only ones signed up that day so we were by ourselves. It was great to learn about the sloths. I would recommend the insiders tour as you get to feed the sloths, touch the sloths, see the nursery, and the medical facilities. While we were there a 1.5 week old sloth was brought in that had been found.

Doing the morning tour was also nice as the temperature was still tolerable. We ended our tour with the canoe ride. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great to talk to. He pointed out several plants and stopped for a "close" up picture of some sleeping bats (we went under a log and they were inches from us :) It was getting quite warm and humid by this point, so i was happy we were ending our tour with this.

Judy and her family were so nice and we loved learning about the sloths! I would recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

Thank Columbusgal_12
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We visited the sanctuary on a excursion from a cruise ship. This is a great place!. The various explanations given regarding the lives of the various sloths were very informative and interesting. There were 5 babies in the nursery when we were there and they were so cute. This needs to be a must visit if you are anywhere close.

Thank mj_vacation
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our visit was in May 2013. We arrived at the Sloth Sanctuary late in the day and the howler monkeys in the tree by the driveway were in full swing! The property is beautiful with trails for walking and the river runs just behind the building. Everything was lush and green and the grounds were well cared for. We stayed two nights in one of their B and B rooms and did the insider tour the following day. Meeting Buttercup, the resident matriarch sloth that first night took my breath away. It was a magical experience to sit on the deck with volunteers who were staying for the month and to visit and hear about the work they were doing. We stayed until after dark under the watch of the beautiful Buttercup with the howler monkeys making a racket in the distance. Breakfast is included with the rooms and was delicious with fresh fruit and eggs. Coffee and beverages are available all the time on your honor contribution. There is a small store across the street for basic provisions as well and the bus runs regularly into town. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet (with the exception of the howler monkeys - awesome!!) and our window faced the sloth nursery and jungle gym! The family who lives here and runs this place were inviting and wonderful. The insider tour was well worth it and included the basic tour and canoe tour as well as visiting with the nursery and incubator babies and an up close visit including holding a sloth. Incredible. Our canoe guide could spot anything - we saw bats, lizards, many birds, crabs, monkeys and we sampled wild bananas and ginger. Highly recommended and not to be missed! All proceeds support the work they are doing to save and support these special and misunderstood animals. Absolutely one of the best experiences of my life, and I will be back!

Thank Lucillebear
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