Meet the Sloths: Behind the Scenes

  • Port

    Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6 Hours

  • Meals Included


Costa Rica’s three-toed sloth is a slow-moving, medium-sized mammal that is highly adapted to life in the jungles of Central and South America. Meet this intriguing animal at the Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica -- a rescue center established in 1997. This premier attraction has been in the international spotlight since it was featured on the popular Animal Planet Meet the Sloths series. At the Sloth Sanctuary, the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sloths is emphasized with a focus on conserving the inhabitants and natural habitat of the Costa Rican rain forest.

Today, you will go behind the scenes to learn about the sloths’ habitat, the perils they face in the rain forest and the steps being taken to protect the future of the species. You will see baby sloths in the NICU/nursery, and the fascinating ‘slothpital’ showcases the highest level of health care for rescued sloths. This on-site veterinary clinic has cutting-edge diagnostic equipment unlike any other in Central and South America.

To fully experience the sloths’ natural habitat, board a canoe for a ride along the freshwater Estrella River -- one of the largest rivers on the Caribbean Coast. The odds of seeing wild sloths, howler monkeys, birds and other wildlife are very high. Within the bayou country of the river delta, many bird species have been identified, and it is also home to coatis, otters, turtles and countless butterflies. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready.

Bottled water and tropical refreshments are served.


Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a sunhat and rain gear as you will be traveling in an open-air canoe along the Estrella River. Wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. The sloths are kept at a distance and not available for you to touch or hold so that they can be returned to the wild environment when they are ready. Flash photography is not allowed; the best pictures are with a zoom. Minimum age is 3 years.