Dream Destination: Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary

What’s better than a trip to Costa Rica?

A trip to Costa Rica with a visit to the sloth sanctuary!

If we’re going to be friends, you should know that I’m obsessed with sloths. Obsessed with them. If you love sloths too, we’re going to get along famously. Speaking of famous, one famous sloth encounter is with actress Kristen Bell. Most people laugh when they see the video of Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown, but I just watch and think, Yup. That’s how I would react, too. I think Kristen Bell and I would be good friends.

Anyway, back to the adorable sloths and how I can go to visit them…

Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary is one of my dream destinations. My plan for the next five years definitely involves a visit to Costa Rica, and that visit definitely involves spending some time hanging out with my favorite adorably slow creatures.


The sloth sanctuary offers two different tours, the Buttercup Tour and the Insider’s Tour. As for me, I’ll probably do both of them because I’m a giant sloth nerd like that. For those of you who might want to see the sloths, but aren’t quite on the maniac level of fandom that I’m on, here is what is included in both tours to help you make your decision.

The Buttercup Tour

The Buttercup tour is the standard tour offered at the sanctuary, and tours are offered hourly starting at 8am through 2pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. Prices are reasonable, at only $30USD for those over 13 and $15USD for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are free. There are some discounted rates for larger groups with advance reservation or students. So really, you can’t afford NOT to take the sloth tour.

The Buttercup tour is a two hour long guided tour which gives visitors an education on the unique biology, physiology, and behaviors of sloths. Nerdy, I know…but you get to see SLOTHS! The tour also includes a canoe trip where visitors can experience the gorgeous tropical foliage and colorful wildlife of the rain forest from the river. The nice thing about the Buttercup Tour is that advance booking isn’t needed unless you have a large group of over twenty people, so don’t worry if you forgot to reserve your sloth tour before heading to Costa Rica (you’re relieved, aren’t you?).


The Insider’s Tour

This tour is a little more in depth and a little more expensive, but so worth it. Offered twice daily Tuesdays through Sundays, visitors can choose the breakfast tour starting at 8:15am or the lunch tour starting at 10:45am. The catch, my sloth loving friends, is that you need to prepare ahead of time, because you do need to book your tour in advance. This tour is $150USD for those over age 13, $75 over age 5, and free for those ages 4 and under (those lucky kids).

This tour is 4 hours long and they only take groups of up to 6 people maximum. It gives visitors the opportunity to spend a lot more time observing sloths and learning about what makes them unique. This tour also includes a canoe trip to see the gorgeous rain forest and river, and breakfast or lunch is included in the tour (they also cater to special diets like gluten free, vegan, no dairy, no salt, etc.). I’ll see you there!


Spend the night with the sloths

What’s even better than taking a tour of the sloth sanctuary is staying the night at the sloth sanctuary! Ok, so you’re not spending the night snuggled up in an adorable pile of baby sloths, but it’s pretty much the next best thing. For only $100 per night you can stay the night at the Buttercup Inn (you also need to book the insider’s tour in order to be eligible to stay at the Buttercup Inn). Basically it’s just a nice, comfortable hotel room with extremely easy access to the sloth sanctuary. So…I’ll definitely be staying there.

Am I the only one on here who is obsessed with sloths? Have you ever been to the Sloth Sanctuary? Have any other suggestions for great sloth-viewing destinations? Please, do tell!



9 replies »

  1. I haven’t been to South America yet but this is going on the list! I love sloths. Look at their faces. How cna anybody not love sloths? And they love eating hibiscus flowers. I mean… Just… My heart is squeezing just thinking about them. Costa Rica, I’m coming for you! Just not anytime soon – my next two holidays are already booked!


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