Starting at $60 per night

Overview

The sweet smiling face of the Costa Rican sloth is rapidly becoming the iconic symbol of the country's amazing rainforest wildlife. If you would like an easy ride to see these cuddly looking animals at the forest edge, stopping all along the way to spot Toucans, Howler monkeys, iguanas, and colorful frogs, then this tour is the perfect tour for you.

You'll be picked up from your hotel and driven in a modern, air-conditioned van down beautiful back country roads visiting the places your knowledgeable guide has found filled with sloth families, colorful birdlife, reptiles, and monkeys. At each stop, you'll exit the van and within just a few steps look up to see one of the many tropical animals making Costa Rica famous. Sloths are slow moving and well camouflaged, so the aid of a guide with a high-tech spotting scope ensures your opportunity to experience the wonder of this cheerful looking creature.

Special adaptors can allow you to capture close-up photos with your cell phone attached to the scope. An average tour hosts 5 people with a maximum number of 8. If you are traveling in a group larger than 8 people, additional vans with extra guides can follow to keep you together for viewing. The van will make many stops to show you wildlife in their natural habitats all within easy reach of the van, excellent for families and senior citizens alike.

You'll be searching out both 2-toed and 3-toed sloths. Although similar, they have distinct differences. The 2-toed Sloth, being nocturnal, can be found sleeping high up in the tree tops. More active during daytime hours, the 3-toed Sloth sloooowly moves through the branches happily eating leaves, often with a young sloth hugging on for the ride. Affixed with permanent smiles, sloths easily steal the hearts of those that watch them. Did you know they are related to the anteater?

Your guide will also be stopping to show you some of Costa Rica's abundant birdlife, such as the Keel-billed Toucan, with its rainbow colored bill almost as big as its body. The wet rainforest surrounding the Arenal/La Fortuna area hosts a diverse number of interesting birds including the Great Carrasow, Crested Guan, Oropendula, Umbrella bird, Red Lored Parrot plus a variety of beautiful Motmots, Trogans, Tanagers, and Honeycreepers. You might hear a Laughing Falcon or come across other birds of prey like majestic hawks or owls.

But that's not all! You'll go to see giant iguanas with their primitive dinosaur like bodies. And your guide will be looking for the colorful blue jean frog, the common name for a poison dart frog that looks like it is wearing a pair of blue jeans! Often families of Howler Monkeys are climbing around through the trees that merit a stop along the way.

You'll arrive at the Arenal Oasis and Wildlife Refuge to have a bite to eat. There are two Sloth tours, one at 6am and one at 2pm. If you are on the morning tour your excursion will include breakfast. If you are on the afternoon tour, you'll be treated to a hearty afternoon snack with beverage. The rainforest restaurant is surrounded by feeders, allowing you to observe and take photos of birds, including hummingbirds, as you enjoy your meal. Here, you can stretch your legs on a short optional 20-minute hike, before being driven back to your hotel. The tour includes a certified guide, breakfast or afternoon snack, bottled water, admission fee, and round-trip transportation to hotels in the greater La Fortuna area. Total time of tour is approximately 3 hours depending on hotel location.

What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellent

Location and Availability

The Sloth Tour is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3

Tour Times

  • 6:00am
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family
  • Wildlife Hike

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°27'39.89". Longitude: W 85°20'21.46"

Reviews

  • Overall 93.6% (71 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 92.7%
  • Expectations: 92.2%
  • Guides: 96.5%
  • Logistics: 94.8%
  • Value: 92.7%

06/15/2019

We got 8 sloths including a two-toed and a baby! Great job by the guides.

06/11/2019

Guides were exceptional

06/03/2019

My #1 goal for this trip was to see a sloth. Not only did we see several, we saw one very low in a tree awake and eating breakfast.

05/19/2019

rained all tour long, but the tour company did the best they could with the weather being so bad, anyway great tour

04/15/2019

If you definitely want to see Sloth in Arenal area, you should definitely do this tour (we also did a combo tour that combined 4 totally different other locations and did not see Sloth at any other location even though we had great guide, so if not for this tour we would have missed out on seeing Sloth in Arenal area, though eventually we saw many more and closer sloth in Manuel Antonio area).

03/11/2019

We saw plenty of sloths and birds. Nice morning was had by all.

01/24/2019

So boring. If the guide didn’t have a scope we would not have seen a thing.

01/09/2019

Nice and close to the resort, no wasted time.

01/07/2019

Loved that it was a small group and that the guide had the high-powered scope for us to take pictures. Otherwise, they would have been just dots up in the trees.

12/21/2018

The best tour we did!

12/12/2018

This one turned out great!

12/06/2018

Great guide. They did their best to show and find sloths. To our surprise the tour also included bird watching as well as coffee and food!

11/30/2018

Oscar and Ramo were excellent guides, very personable and knowledgeable! My favorite tour from our visit to Costa Rica! Loved stopping at the restaurant to see all the birds!! We told everyone we met in Costa Rica how great our tour was and will continue to tell friends and family back in the US!

09/06/2018

The team worked really hard to see sloths!

08/17/2018

Oscar and his driver (Alejandro?) were great. Saw lots of sloths, lots of birds. 2 species of toucan made up for none at the waterfall. All of the birds at the bird feeding / snack stop were great.

07/29/2018

Excellent 100%

07/27/2018

I can't say enough great things about this tour!!! Pedro and Alvaro (Eagle Eyes!) found something like ten sloths, and we got the most amazing pics and video!!! They also showed us the blue-jean frog, iguanas, and took us to a beautiful lunch place where we got to admire dozens of birds!!! Great experience!!!

07/07/2018

The guides were super friendly and knowledgable. We loved learning how to spot sloths and wildlife, and all of the information that was shared.

06/18/2018

We were very lucky. Had a great guide and got to see about a dozen sloths. A great experience. They were so cute my grand daughter said she wanted to put one in her suitcase and take it home.

05/10/2018

The guides we awesome. We had a wonderful time.