Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical

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A non-profit organization, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and releases local animals into the natural habitat. Tours lasting between 1 and 1.5 hours provide information about the sanctuary's aims, objectives, and rescue efforts. Visitors have a chance to meet many of the sanctuary's residents, including sloths, spider monkeys, capuchins, anteaters, raccoons, parrots, toucans, porcupines, and kinkajous. You'll learn about their history, biology, and conservation needs from fully trained tour guides. Although you'll be able to take photos there, keep in mind that visitors cannot touch animals in accordance to Costa Rica's laws. Donations go directly and completely to running the sanctuary. It is recommended that visitors have a 4x4 vehicle to get up the hill. VISITORS MUST MAKE A RESERVATION USING THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM, PLEASE SEE WEBSITE. Take the guesswork out of planning a Dominical vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • While maybe a bit small, you can learn a great deal about about the Costa Rican wildlife here at this rescue sanctuary. We highly recommend that you visit and book a guide to see animals up close and ...  more »
  • We visited the sanctuary today and were totally amazed by the good work they are doing. Great to see how they do their work! Very informative and so much nicer to see the animals here than in a zoo! W...  more »
  • Florian showed us how Alturas sanctuary contributes to conserving all species native to Costa Rica. This group works tirelessly to rehabilitate and release injured or confiscated animals (if possible)...  more »
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  • This is a small rehab and release sanctuary. Please consider donating and taking a tour despite it's size. They cannot walk you around the rehab section but they can walk you through the small outdoor cage areas that house some of the animals that cannot be released back. The stories are a great addition to the tour. I recommend close toed shoes as there are biting ants around some of the cages. Bug spray is also recommended for later afternoon tours. There is an attached hotel/villa option and an upper scale restaurant on the property as well. The pool looked very inviting and the hotel offers a great overlook to the ocean.
  • A really great experience! Got to hear lots of good details about the rehabilitation process and how the sanctuary is run. I would recommend for any animal lovers, and yo can even get a tasty bite and drink afterward at the attached hotel. Get there while you can still see Pandora, she was worth the trip on her own.
  • Amazing place to visit. Your money is actually going to helping the animals. Recommended this place to all my friends and they all loved it as well. DEFINITELY GO AND DO A TOUR!
  • Very worthy organization.The tour is very informative. explaining not only WHY the animals are there (automobile related injuries, illegal pets, electrocution, etc) but how hard Alturas works to rehab and release as many animals as is possible. Stunning location as well.
  • The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary he's ho hum at best. Their mission is admirable, rehabilitating and releasing Into the Wild injured and domesticated animals. However, the tour itself is ho-hum at best.
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