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Sloth Encounter & Cultural Towns Half Day Trip From San Jose

Product ID: 193133
Learn about sloths and other wild animal species of Costa Rica by visiting an animal sanctuary. Discover other wild animal species like monkeys, toucans, kinkajous, coatis, macaws, and others. Travel to the folkloric typical towns of Grecia and Sarchi.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup is available from centrally located San Jose hotels. Please provide your hotel name and address.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Observe sloths and other wild animals native to Costa Rica
  • Learn about Costa Rican sloths, their habits, customs, and diet
  • Visit the folkloric own of Sarchi, its Oxcart Factory, and Central Park
  • Travel to the traditional town of Grecia, its iconic Metal Church, and Central Park
Full description
Learn about sloths, visit an animal sanctuary, and explore typical towns of Costa Rica on this Half Day Trip from San Jose. You will be picked up in the morning from your San Jose hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and then drive to the West Side of the Central Valley, where you will visit an animal rescue center specialized in treating sloths.

At this sanctuary you will visit a few enclosed areas where the treated sloths are kept, called “Sloth Gardens”, where you will learn with your guide everything about these wonderful animals. Other wild animals of Costa Rica are treated at this sanctuary and you can learn about them as you walk through the place with your guide. Observe other wild animal species that are treated in this place and that will be released into the wild, such as monkeys, kinkajous, macaws, exotic birds, and others.

Following this, you will go to the folkloric town of Grecia, where you will visit its iconic Metal Church built in the year 1840. Continuing with your trip you will visit the Town of Sarchi and its famous Oxcart Factory, where you will learn the process of making Costa Rican Typical Oxcarts, the country’s National Symbol of Work. At this factory you will have the opportunity to see the skilled artisans painting typical oxcarts free hand and will also have the chance to do souvenir shopping at their large store. At the end of your visit in Sarchi you will go to the Town’s Central Park to observe the Biggest Oxcart in the world, which is holding the Guinness World Record. After visiting all of these great sites you will back to your San Jose Hotel.
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Visits to the towns of Grecia and Sarchi
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Services not specified

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Adult pricing applies to all travelers
• May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• Minimal walking is involved
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
• Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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The Sloth and rescued animals encounter was amazing. I loved the animals. Juan our driver was very knowledgeable of the animals. We drove thru Greci and spent time in the Ox cart factory in Sarchi very cultural.

March 6, 2020

The sanctuary was very interesting and we learned a ton. Our guide Juan was awesome and full of great information. He went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience!

March 2, 2020

Una gran experiencia todo el viaje. Nuestro guía y nuestro guía Alex Blanco también fue increíble como hombre y como guía. Recomiendo la excursión.

January 18, 2020

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Product ID: 193133