Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical

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Get up close and personal with Costa Rican wildlife at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local animals, the sanctuary has over 75 different enclosures for sloths, anteaters, beavers, monkeys, and many other animal species. You can step into some of the enclosures and interact with some of the rescued wildlife by feeding and holding them. The rescue center relies largely on donations, so feel free to help out. It also offers educational programs for children. Experienced guides teach kids about the features of local animals, their natural habitat, and how they got to the sanctuary. Take the guesswork out of planning a Dominical vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Yesterday was my fourth visit to The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. And as each visit before, I walked away wowed. The time that the staff and volunteers take with each animal presentation: the personal ...  more »
  • I worked at Alturas wildlife sanctuary as a volunteer for three weeks. It is hard to describe how much I enjoyed it. If you love animals and don't mind to work at your holidays this will be a great pl...  more »
  • The tour shares how they rehabilitate animals. Some are able to be released when they are healthy and others find a permanent home at the sanctuary for various reasons. We enjoyed the tour and the vie...  more »
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  • I can see how some people can dislike the place, but I think you need to set your expectations straight first. If you are coming as a tourist, keep in mind - this is no zoo. You will not be allowed to play with animals and animals are not kept in habitats designed for viewing by humans. This is a rescue mission, working to rehabilitate injured, abused or abandoned animals and release them back into the wild. Or to provide animals with decent life if they can not go to their wild lifestyle. The place is a part of beautiful boutique hotel and you will be able to enjoy a spectacular deck with view, a meal and a few mediocre cocktails before and after touring the sanctuary. The sanctuary itself will contain different kinds of animals depending on who needs help at the point. We got a very educating tour from a local veterinarian who was very passionate about her job and gave us a glimpse into how the sanctuary operates. Keep in mind that a) There is a mandatory non-negotiable minimum donation for the tour b) You can't see the place without the tour guide c) The road is steep and washed out. If you have decent driving experience, you'll be OK in an FWD sedan driving carefully, but a 4WD is recommended and is a must if it's wet.
  • A must see and a worthy cause
  • Good to place to see local animals, sloths, monkeys and macaws etc.. There are some sad stories as these are rescues, but your entrance fee goes to support their good actions. Definitely a place to support! They take great care to help and rescue the hurt animals in this region. Two thumbs up to this refuge!
  • The best place in the pacific coast of Costa Rica, the staff is so kind and the food perfect!!
  • A wonderful place to visit and see the fabulous work these people do to help wildlife. A great chance to see wildlife up close too. It is also in a gorgeous setting.

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