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San Jose: Guided Nature Walk With Biologists Seeking Sloths

San Jose: Guided Nature Walk With Biologists Seeking Sloths

From US$ 33.77 per person

Guided by passionate biologists, discover a hidden ecosystem in the middle of the city. See native sloths, birds, butterflies, and variety of plants and insects living wild and free. Join a small group tour on the grounds of the University of Costa Rica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pickup at the desired location inside the Metro Area. Details of the car will be provided as soon as guide is assigned.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover an amazing variety of birds, incredible insects, and amazing flowers
  • See the fascinating indigenous sphere stone, the largest in San Jose
  • Look for a wild sloth population in the middle of the university campus
Full description
Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. Then, see the largest indigenous stone sphere in San Jose, thought to derive from the extinct Diquis culture. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.
Includes
  • Guided nature walk by a biologist
  • Binoculars and telescope
  • Poncho
  • Bird pocket guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, if option selected
  • Snacks or water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Outside of the Musmanni bakery located in front of the main street where the pedestrian crossing is. Bakery has an orange sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • During the rainy season (May to November), please bring bug spray and be prepared to experience the rainforest. During this time we recommend booking the morning slot; however, the afternoons are also great.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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Our guide Gladys is a Biology Student working on finishing her degree at UCR, and she was fantastic during our tour of the nature reserve and campus. She was very knowledgeable about many of the local plants, birds, and insects. We definitely got some interesting stories about the unique habits of local animals and how they interact with each other. There are no guarantees of seeing any specific types of animals on this tour except the farmer ants, but you are pretty likely to see at least a handful of unique birds and insects around the campus. Although we didnt get to see a sloth on campus, we did get to see and learn a lot that we didnt expect. Definitely a great time and a very informational tour.

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September 23, 2021

Great experience with a lot of insights and personalized education about the animal life in Costa Rica with a biologist. Cello was super knowledgeable and friendly as we walked the grounds spotting local wildlife right in San Jose. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend to anyone looking for something interesting and educational right in San Jose.

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May 5, 2021

We had a fantastic time with Marcelo. Not only did we see all the animals expected (birds, sloths, even leafcutter ants), but Marcelo went out of his way to provide interesting explanations and equipment to make sure we got the most out of our experience (binoculars ans telescope). We were delighted with our experience and definitely recommend it as one of the best things to do in San Jose!

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March 28, 2021

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