Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical
(4.5/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Dominical attractions using our Dominical trip itinerary maker.
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  • During your guided tour of the Alturas Wildlife sanctuary, you will hear the stories of how each of the animals arrived there, and the human and ecological issues that impacted its arrival. Our tour g...  more »
  • We were with our kids here today. We were under the impression that you really care for the animals and has to the target, the animals back out to poach. It was particularly great to be able to see the sloth up close. By the way, we have seen even the most wild monkeys crouched in the trees, to steal food.
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  • We visit the santuario when visit Villas alturas and it was a different experience , every animal has a storie , a very sad one , the guy who told all about it was very knowledgeable , and every story...  more »
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  • 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!
  • I can afford more than the most expensive Alturas Villas Resort had to offer. Instead I chose to take the more rustic route as I volunteer abroad in many areas and countries with Animals because that is my passion. Being at the Aluras Wilfelife Sanctuary, which has nothing to do with the Resort other than the same owner, there was a very small volunteer hut, which included electricity, shower(cold water only), and food. However the food situation was extremely sloppy and nothing was structured. There is supposed to be a clear cut understand of what to do, learn, what jobs need to be done, who is working from when and where, etc. There was NO STRUCTURE whatsoever, not to mention 2 Spider Monkeys got out and attacked 1 human and 1 dog (which had to be put to sleep). There were Volunteer Supervisors that knew nothing and did less work than anyone at their least. They also ate all of our food and took up the space that we paid for in the jungle, these are the same people that LIVE DOWN THE STREET!!! When going up to the pool in the extremely hot weather, after working with the animals (that I paid to help and give my time), I remember a group of us being very rudely told that we could not be on the extremely large pool deck that overlooked the souther coast of Costa Rica because other people paid for it. Well the other people invited us for conversation regarding certain species of animals they had saw. Why are volunteers treated as 3rd class nobodoes? The lack of respect shown to the volunteers was uncanny. HOWEVER, The Directior, both past and present are awesome people. Both Mike and Dania were awesome and so were the Doctors and Biologist. Had so many things not gone in a direction that was so dull and negative, basically the complete opposite of what their "ABOUT" description includes. Its all about the money, even if you just want to better the world and preserve it's natural state.
  • Located just 7 kilometers south of Dominical, the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit operation that serves to rescue, rehabilitate and release a wide array of distressed animals in the Costa Ballena region. Built in conjunction with the Costa Rican government, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary offers 75 habitats, with residency varying from month to month as rescued animals are reintroduced into their natural habitats in the surrounding rainforest. The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary offers scheduled tours that reward visitors with rare close encounters with Costa Rica’s amazingly diverse wildlife. As a non-profit, 100% of tour fees and donations go towards feeding and caring for the distressed animals, as well as towards educating youth through the sanctuary’s Learning Center in order to sensitize future generations to the plight of Costa Rica's cherished species.
  • Wow! What a beautiful place with caring and knowledgable staff. I was so impressed with the facility and the amount of care put into each animal. Some of the stories behind the injured or abused animals were so powerful... Great work, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary! I'll be back every time I'm in Costa Rica!
  • Alturus is great! I loved it, I want to go again. So many cool animals to learn about! Keep up the great work. Were coming back next time we visit Costa Rica.