"Meet the Sloths" An Animal Planet Exclusive Tour

LIO-235 | Limon, Costa Rica | See Special Notes

from $109.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Sloth Sanctuary Sloth Sanctuary
You will see:

Easy

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4.5 hours

Tour Overview

Visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to see sloths up close and learn about their natural history and habitat. In this two and a half hour tour, you will meet Buttercup, the smiling 23-year-old Bradypus and sloth-superstar of "Meet the Sloths" on Animal Planet Buttercup is also the inspiration behind the founding of the Sanctuary, as she was the first orphaned baby sloth the Arroyo family rescued in 1992. Decades later, the private, family-operated Sloth Sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, research and release of Costa Rican sloths as well as raising awareness to conserve the diminishing lowland rainforest.

You will learn about the two kinds of Costa Rican sloths: Bradypus variegatus (three-fingered) and Choloepus hoffmanni (two-fingered). All sloths have three toes! Interestingly, although the Choloepus is termed a sloth, it is a completely different animal from Bradypus. They coexist in the rainforest-and at the Sanctuary.

Visit Buttercup in her famous customized hanging basket chair and take photos of her (no flash, please). While there is no direct contact, holding, touching or hugging sloths, for their safety and yours, you will have ample opportunities to take photos, both in the Sloth Nursery and on the Estrella River delta. A float down this placid, shallow waterway in a stable 6-person canoe with an experienced boatman/guide will give you a first-hand look at the sloths' natural habitat and the lowland tropical rainforest. Weather-permitting, you are bound to see some combination of butterflies, colorful birds, exotic plants and flowers, howler monkeys and perhaps a wild sloth passing through the highest part of the tree canopy.

Ideal for all ages, this tour provides an excellent introduction to sloths, their environment and the bounty of Costa Rica's rainforest flora and fauna. Before heading back to port, there's a visit the gift shop for some sloth-inspired souvenirs as well as a refreshing snack of cut tropical fruits. As the Sloth Sanctuary is 100% funded by donations, any purchase made at the gift shop goes directly back to supporting sloth rehabilitation, essential veterinary medical equipment and conservation initiatives.

Many guests report their visit to the Sloth Sanctuary as the highlight of their cruise, especially if they are already fans of these beguiling, slow-moving mammals. See for yourself!

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Detailed itinerary

Depart your ship for a guided tour en route to the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Details:
Travel time: 00:40 Transport type:Air Conditioned Transportation
Total number of steps:3 Notes

3 bus steps

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Arrival, use restrooms, divide into 2 groups: A & B

Details:
Time at site:00:15 Inside Visit :Yes
Restrooms available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Learning Center to meet sloths and learn their natural history

Details:
Time at site:01:00
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

No flash photography of the sloths

Canoe ride with experienced boatman through Estrella River delta observing varied fauna & lush flora of lowland tropical rainforest.

Details:
Travel time: 01:00
Inside Visit :No
Walking distance (yards):500
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Enjoy refreshing tropical fruit buffet with Buttercup in attendance. Visit Gift Shop for sloth-inspired souvenirs

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Walking
Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):100
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Second floor is not accessible - must climb a few steps

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):30 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Re-board your transportation and return to your ship

Details:
Travel time: 00:40 Transport type:Air Conditioned Transportation
Inside Visit :Yes
Total number of steps:3 Notes

3 bus steps

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

No touching or holding of sloths at the Sanctuary (for their safety and yours), but you will see sloths up close and have many photo opportunities. Wildlife sightings, while common, are not guaranteed. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy walking shoes, and bring a hat and rain gear. No flash allowed and the best pictures are with a zoom. Guests are asked to stay quiet as it is a "sanctuary."

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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