Costa Rica Sloth Encounter and Cultural Towns Tour from San Jose
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Sloth Encounter and Cultural Towns Tour

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Starting at
Cost per person
Departure place
San Jose Area Hotels
Departure time
7:30 a.m. approx.
Tour Duration
6 hours approx.
Tour difficulty


  • Observe sloths and other animals of Costa Rica up-close
  • Visit the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center
  • Learn how wild animals are rehabilitated and taken back to their habitats
  • Explore the folkloric town of Sarchi, Costa Rica's artisan's town
  • Visit the cultural town of Grecia & its iconic metal church
  • Visit Sarchi’s park & the biggest oxcart in the world
  • Small groups of 12 people max. per tour



  • Round trip transportation from most San Jose area hotels San Jose
  • Bilingual guide
  • Animal Rescue Center entrance fee
  • Visits to the towns of Grecia and Sarchi

Tour Description

On this Sloth Encounter and Cultural Towns tour you will visit a real animal rescue center specialized in sloths, where you will have the opportunity to learn how injured animals are threated and helped back into the wild.

This tour starts by picking you up from your San Jose area hotel and then you will be on a short drive until reaching the rescue center, located just outside of San Jose. At this rustic center you will be able to see the multiple “sloth gardens”, where these animals are rehabilitated; and most of the times the visitors will have the chance to see the workers feeding them. There are normally 20-40 sloths in this rescue center, as well as many other animals, such as monkeys, coatis, kinkajous, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots and other wildlife species native to Costa Rica that find shelter in this place.

After the tour at this sanctuary you will visit the folkloric town of Sarchi, known as... 

the artisan’s birthplace of Costa Rica. At Sarchi you will visit the typical oxcarts’ factory, where you will learn how typical oxcarts are built in Costa Rica. The typical oxcart is the national symbol of work of our country and here they also have a large souvenir shop, in case that you wish to do some souvenir shopping during your trip. After the oxcart factory you will visit Sarchi’s Central Park, where you will have the opportunity to see the biggest oxcart in the world, this giant structure holds the Guinness World Record. 

Continuing with your tour you will visit the typical town of Grecia, where you will be able to admire its rare metal church, as well as its beautiful Central Park. At the end of this visit we will take you back to your San Jose area hotel.


Special Notes:

* The type of animals that can be seen at the rescue center varies, depending of the species they are treating at the particular time of your visit.

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