Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica
Sloth Sanctuary, Botanic Garden, Oxcart Factory & Lunch
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Meet your naturalist guide and board an air-conditioned motorcoach for a relaxing drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Have questions about the wildlife and culture of Costa Rica? Great! Your guide has all the answers.
This exclusive tour takes you to the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center, located in the town of Turrucares. A distinctly old-fashioned town, Turrucares opens its doors for you today and offers you an all-access visit to the most diverse fauna conservation effort in the country. Look up to view sloths above you with no barriers. You will see toucans, hawks, monkeys, tamanduas, anteaters and parrots. Kinkajous, coati and scarlet macaws also make their home here. The foundation works tirelessly to restore the patients to good health, so they can later be released back into the wild.
At the conclusion of your unforgettable morning, re-board your coach and enjoy a delightful panoramic drive to La Garita, situated on the outskirts of San José. La Garita is a magnificent botanic garden -- a colorful outdoor oasis featuring a greenhouse, ponds, plant nurseries and a bird area, where you will view the endangered scarlet macaw, blue and gold macaws, and cockatoos. A botanist will talk you through some of the amazing species of orchids and other exotic flowers found here.
Finally, you'll visit Sarchi, known as the crafts center of Costa Rica and for its colorful and decorative oxcarts, or carreta. These have been made here for more than a century. Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch followed by a tour of a famous oxcart factory. You'll learn about this national symbol, the role it played in the expansion and increase of Costa Rican exports, and why it remains so symbolically important to the country today. Observe skilled artisans as they produce handmade oxcarts with intricately painted sides and wheels.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.