San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Activity provider: Oropopo Experience

San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Activity provider: Oropopo Experience

From US$ 35 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.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Private or small groups available


  • 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.
  • Guided nature walk by a biologist
  • Telescope for bird and sloth watching
  • Snacks or water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please meet in front of the Ondina Café & Restaurant. Your guide will be wearing a T-shirt with "Oropopo Experience written on it and will be holding a telescope. The cafe is closed on weekends. Please don’t panic as your guide will always be waiting for you.

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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

4.9 /5

based on 146 reviews

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Our Guide Raquel was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She obviously has a great love for the natural environment around her. We were lucky to see 2 sloths - Lorenzo a male living alone in a smaller area and later his mother we named Catherine in a large fig tree. It was really fun and enjoyable - a good and educational way to spend our first afternoon in San Jose.

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March 17, 2023

Meeting place and everything laid out clearly! Price very reasonable! Biologist guide had an obvious shirt and mini scope, made sure to airdrop or email pix and videos! Super knowledgeable and a sweet guy! He made sure to help us get Ubers if need be. He was awesome- go on this tour- 2 1/2 hours- absolutely a great investment and even better experience- we had an awesome time, saw 9 sloths and only a few mosquito bites- they tell you to bring spray/ cream, water to drink- everything you need! Do it!!!! Most recommended!!!

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March 10, 2023

Our guide taught us many things about bees, sloths, ants and birds that are memorable because we could see the wildlife at the same time. He was patient and also made some memorable moments when he took our photos at the end and also took a video of a sloth with each person’s camera, if they wished.

March 5, 2023

Product ID: 270972