Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical

4.8
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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  • Setting and facilities are very nice. The Villas have a view that is spectacular, great spot for a drink or lunch. The tour isn’t cheap ($25) but goes 100% to feeding and caring for the animals. Staff...  more »
  • Our guide Florian gave us a great tour of the sanctuary. Lots of laughs! His stories about each animal were heart warming. You can tell the staff really care about provuding the best environment for t...  more »
  • A very nice experience that allowed us to discover the local wildlife and support the action of the Sanctuary. Moreover, a very interesting presentation by Florian...  more »
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  • Wonderful experience for our family. Highly recommend it. Our guide Florian was both informative and quite funny (and he didn't even have to pay us for that good comment ;). His genuine affection for the animals was obvious. We were lucky enough to see their resident honey bear and to get a glimpse of an owl monkey. Also the view from the restaurant was truly breathtaking.
  • We where touched very deeply by this place. We are happy it exists and sad at the same time. The tour with Florian was great. He is very knowledgeable and funny. He told us the stories of all the poor creatures that live there. We loved the fact that they try to rehabilitate as many animals back into the wild as possible - and that those animals are not shown to visitors to prevent them from too much human contact. You will only see those animals that can not be released due to injuries or other circumstances. The people here (mostly volunteers) are doing a great job and seem to love what they do. If you want to see some cute animals and help them at the same time, please do this great tour! We will definitely come back when we return to CR - maybe even as volunteers!
  • My husband and I took their 9 am tour and really enjoyed it. The guide passionately showed us the animals and told us about them and their stories. You get to learn about the various animals and can also feel great because the ticket fee supports them in continuing to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals back into the wild. It's a great organization that truly cares about helping the animals and educate the public about the precious animals and endangered species. The sanctuary is mostly shaded with partial sun. Great activity that warms your heart.
  • Incredible place. Saw and learned so much! 100% worth the fee. The guides are very knowledgeable and make the tour fun. They are doing great things to help the wildlife population. Book in advance!
  • Great experience here. They really take conservation seriously - you only see the animals that are not candidates to be released back into the wild (for a variety of heartbreaking reasons). Very educational. I would definitely recommend the tour or this place as a spot to donate to conservation efforts.
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