I just returned from volunteering at the sanctuary for 10 days. Had it not been for a firm obligation back in the states, I'm not sure I ever would've have come home! Simply put, it was the experience of a lifetime and the happiest I have been in years.
I'm an animal and nature lover, so working with exotic animals and living in the middle of the rainforest where the air is constantly abuzz with thousands of interesting sounds from lizards to monkeys to birds to insects was endlessly fascinating. The grounds are gorgeous and pristine, surrounded by nothing but greenery and sitting right on the river estrella. Heaven on earth.
And now of course, the real reason I came: the sloths. The most amazing creatures and just as cute and wonderful as they are strange. As a volunteer, you get a ton of up close and personal time with them. Pretty much as much as you want, though most people like to keep their interactions with the sloths between the volunteer work hours (6am to 3pm -- and yes, non-stop and fairly tedious work!). You'll have a certain section of sloths you'll be assigned to clean their cages and feed them. I think I had around 30. Getting to know their personalities, quirks, and building trust with them was an unforgettable experience. You definitely bond with some more than others for whatever reason that may be. These little guys (well, not sure I should say little, some are pretty big!!) will no doubt find a place in your heart. They are beautiful and intriguing and they can do the silliest things! I could never seem to get enough pictures and filled up almost 100 gigs worth of memory cards!! No matter what, they were constantly putting a smile on my face.
At night, the other volunteers and I usually went into the nearby towns of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. It was always a good time!
I am ridiculously jealous of any volunteer who is there now, and I am just going to end my review with this: I am spending every waking hour planning my next trip to go back and stay longer!
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- Also Known As:
- Aviarios Del Caribe Hotel Cahuita
- Aviarios Del Caribe Costa Rica/Cahuita