Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (Aviarios del Caribe), Cahuita
(3.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
At Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (Aviarios del Caribe), learn about sloths and take a guided canoe ride of their rainforest habitat. Tours are well-suited to families and the general maximum group size of 20 ensures a more personal experience. If you do have a group larger than this, reserve in advance; otherwise, there an advanced booking is not necessary. Just arrive at least 15 minutes before the top of the hour to register. Put Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (Aviarios del Caribe) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cahuita tourist route planner.
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  • Ever since I saw a video about the Sloth Sanctuary on Youtube I wanted to visit it. This year I finally made it and it was just as great as I imagined. We took the insider's tour. While I still think ...  more »
  • We have inserted a stopover there on our trip from Puerto Viejo to San José and were really excited. Clear $30 appears much for entry and you get burned off, also no fireworks for this but entrance is the main source of income for the sanctuary to finance all, so I can live very well with it. The tour started with a quiet pleasant boat tour through the canals of the sanctuary, we could see 3 sloths (or better the Guide ;)). They hung very high up in the trees, but hey, this is the natural habitat of the animals. Therefore in my view no reason to complain. Following much information in a room with 7 sloths in cages on the differences of the two fingers and three-fingered sloths were told us, on the way of life and why they are actually not so lazy. The animals there are must remain probably for life in the sanctuary, because they are so gehandicaped and could no longer survive in the wild. We learned then have info on reproduction and birth of sloths in another room with 4 other sloths, which has more chance of rehabilitation, and that perhaps one day again be can released. So all in all a round program in my view with lots of information. And you get just the chance to be close to sloths, of course they are in cages and you must not touch it, but this is only natural and I think therefore ok. The welfare of animals should and is also clearly in focus compared to the sensationalism of the people for great holiday images.
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  • While I love sloths, I wasn’t sure whether or not to visit the sanctuary having read mixed reviews and already having visited the excellent Jaguar Rescue Centre and Tree of Life sanctuary. It’s a much...  more »
  • Definitely did not feel like they were hoarding or abusing the animals there. It seemed like the people really were doing the best they could to rehabilitate these animals that we really do not know much about. Many of the sloths they have rescued would never make it in the wild and the sanctuary saved their lives. My friend and I went there on vacation and very much enjoyed our time there. The tour was very informative and we had a blast! We stayed overnight in the hotel, which was very clean and spacious. There was AC and hot water in the hotel room and a delicious breakfast was provided. The owner, Judy, was so friendly and accommodating and you can tell she has a love and passion for these animals.
  • I feel compelled to write a review as people feel this place abuses animals. I certainly didn't get that vibe, and think this place really does want the best for the sloths but it's difficult to ascertain information on an animal that lives its life in seclusion. From the sloths that have been rescued, they have released over 200 of those sloths. They admit that it's difficult to do rehab on this animal as it rejects human intervention. Anyways, they provide a lot of information about the sloth, and are the only sanctuary for them in the entire world. They have partnerships with colleges, governments and others to help update and improve sloth information. I'm sure that colleges wouldn't partner with abusive sloth people. Anyways, I've seen first hand how they deal with wild sloths, as one actually got on a building while I was there. They didn't do anything invasive or abusive to get it down, and they put it right back out into the wild. If you want to know more about these fascinating creatures, please visit this place.
  • So much fun. You get to see sloths and go on a fun canoe trip. I would highly recommend if you like sloths
  • I went on this tour this week with my family and left with a terrible impression. I would NOT recommend it and it is NOT worth the $30 per person. The tour was 2 hours - 1 hour of a tour with a guide who speaks about sloths, and 1 hour of a completely unrelated boat ride down a river that has nothing to do with sloths. Although the sanctuary has close to 190 sloths in captivity we only were able to see 4 in a small building and 4-6 younger sloths in outdoor cages during the guided tour. I got the impression the other sloths who have been accumulating as permanent residents since the sanctuary opened almost 20 years ago, were kept in cages that the owners did not want us to see. I asked the guide many questions during the tour that he was unwilling to answer because it strayed from his script. I left with a few nifty facts but no big revelations about they way these animals live. For instance there was no mention of the algae and moss ecosystems sloths maintain on their fur. My biggest take away was that this place opened and started accepting animals when it had no idea how to care for them, this was reiterated several times on the tour. For that reason there are so many sloths that cannot and will never be released in the wild. This saddens me. I believe this center has good intentions but their actions are misguided and they are not doing much to remedy this. Instead of learning about these animals I left saddened that so many were trapped in cages due to injury from human activity or irresponsible actions after they were brought to this place as babies. The Sloth Sanctuary is a tourist trap, exploiting these animals for an overpriced tour that has little to no substance. I would not give them any more money until they have solved the overcrowding problem they created by improper care. We visited another animal rehabilitation and rescue center during our trip around the La Fortuna area called Proyecto Asis. They had one juvenile three toed sloth in a beautiful habitat. In contrast that tour was one of the best things we did. The guide was great and it was very educational. Another side note: All the materials in the gift shop are imported from the USA, which was disappointing as I expected there to be local goods supporting the community this animal originates from.
  • I like the canoe tour. We saw a lot of wild sloths and other animals. Most of the sloths there are rescued from car accidents and so forth. I did not see signs of abuse.