Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical

Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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  • We had a great tour at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. The guide was very informative and we learned a lot about the sanctuary, the animals they are caring for and their stories.  more »
  • Our family of 4 spent Christmas morning with the most delightful guide at the sanctuary. We loved seeing many local species so close and learning about them and the struggles they face. Our favorite.....  more »
  • Our son had the amazing opportunity to work at Alturus before lock down and we paid them a visit. An absolutely excellent facility and well run by a professional team. The animals are very fortunate.....  more »
  • Unfortunately it was not what we expected, the sanctuary is very zoo like with distressed animals and small cages. As basic volunteers it is the job of cleaning and placing food in cages twice a day. If the car is available they might take you to the beach once a week. Beautiful people and good accommodation. But for 700 dollars for 2 weeks i was hoping to be more first hand, learn more and have various jobs. I would not recommend if you are an experienced volunteer.
  • As a science-based based and humane animal behavior consultant and trainer that is focused on low-stress environments, enrichment, and handling, I was incredibly impressed with this sanctuary. It is evident that the staff really cares about the animals, provide excellent enclosures, and enrichment. I discussed some behaviors of some of the monkeys that seemed stressed and got their background story that explains some maladaptive behavior and what they're doing to help the animals.
  • A “must-see” in this area. Absolutely stunning setting (we were gobsmacked at the view). The tour was really informative and also quite sad to hear about the animals’ stories. Would recommend wearing closed shoes or at least raised soles (not flip flops) as there are fire ants in some places on the path. We did the lunch combo and would recommend this too as you get to enjoy the view and the food isn’t bad either.
  • Don’t miss this place on your next visit to Costa Rica. Beautiful & very educational. Our guide, Juan Carlos was amazing with his knowledge and patience. Fun facts and interesting history about all the wildlife in and around the sanctuary. They do such amazing things here, and are a key support system for all the animals. They truly care. Beautiful experience!!!
  • A very small, but nice animal sanctuary and rehab facility. Not a ton of animals, but enough to make it interesting. You cannot touch or interact, but you can take all the photos you want. The hotel is very nice and has a great view near the pool. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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