Discover the amazing sloths and Native Culture of Costa Rica, on this Sloths Experience & Indigenous Tribe Tour. This excursion starts in the morning with pickups from the San Jose area hotels in an air-conditioned vehicle, and you will then travel to the countryside where the animal rescue center is located. Learn about sloths at the multiple “sloth gardens” of this rescue center, which are natural enclosures where the animals are kept for their rehabilitation.
This particular rescue center normally has 30 to 40 sloths at their premises, since people usually look for them when there is an injured sloth because they are specialists in rehabilitating these rainforest creatures. Observe many other species of rainforest animals of Costa Rica at this rescue center, such as toucans, monkeys, macaws, tapirs, kinkajous, coatis, exotic birds, and others, but it is important to understand that some of the mentioned animals can be released at any given time and they could not be there at the time of the tour, since releasing animals back into the wild is the main purpose of this organization.
After your visit to the animal rescue center, explore the Costa Rican indigenous culture at the “Quitirrisi” Indigenous Reservation. Learn about Indigenous tribes of Costa Rica, their history, traditions, and lifestyle in modern times. This tour is led by the Reservation’s Chief or his Son, who will provide a complete explanation of the “Huetar” Ethnic Group from ancient times and the challenges that represent to be a native person living in an Indigenous Tribe in Modern times. On this tour you will also have the opportunity to walk around the reserve and observe one of their cemeteries, as well as some of the places where the rituals of this tribe take place, they still do frequent ceremonies to cure physical illnesses, and to do spiritual cleanliness.
Participate in a workshop on this tour where you will learn how to throw an arrow with an arch, like a native person, as well as learning the history of these tools used by the members of the tribe. After your visit to the native reserve, explore the typical town of “Ciudad Colon”, where you will have the opportunity to walk around its main square, and its local market. At the end of this visit to Ciudad Colon, you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.
A short amount of walking is involved on this tour, however, there is a portion of about 200 yards where the trail is a little uneven on the way to the indigenous reserve.