The latest celebrity stars of Costa Rica are cute and lovable, with masked furry faces that seem to smile beatifically. In a country full of exotic wildlife, sloths are one of the most well-known animals, and those at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica are gaining fame on the popular TV show Animal Planet’s “Meet the Sloths”.
You can see these fascinating animals in person at the Sloth Sanctuary, just south of Limon Costa Rica in the small town of Penhurst on the Caribbean Coast.
The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica rescues, protects and rehabilitates sloths, along with studying and researching the extraordinary mammals. They offer a fun and highly-recommended half-day tour for visitors to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. They are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) starting at 8:00 a.m. The “Buttercup Tour” – named after the sloth that changed the lives of Sanctuary owners Judy Avey-Arroyo and Luis Arroyo forever – begin every hour on the hour; the last tour is at 2:00 p.m.
On the very popular two-hour tour, you will learn about sloths and meet some of the resident adult sloths, plus see the babies and meet now 21-year-old Buttercup. The tour includes a one-hour, guided small boat ride through the bayous of the Estrella River Delta where you may see wild sloths, monkeys and other rainforest wildlife.
Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica Hotels
One of the finest upscale hotels by the beautiful South Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is Hotel Le Caméléon. The hotel is located across from the beautiful golden sand beach of Playa Cocles with its own private beach club. Hotel Le Caméléon can arrange tours to the Sloth Sanctuary, and other activities in the Caribbean region. Le Caméléon is an Enchanting Hotel of Costa Rica.
Article by Shannon Farley