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.
The Sloth Tour is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3
Latitude: N 10° 27' 39.89"
Longitude: W 84° 39' 38.54"
Saw lots of sloths-fantastic
Saw a variety of sloths, snack at the restaurant was good, fun tour!
The knowledge of the guides (Edson and Andres) was remarkable and so was the visual with the spotting scope.
The tour was great, I was expecting a little more out in the wild than in town areas, still we were happy.
Unfortunately it had rained the night before so didn’t see as many sloths and toucans as they say they usually do but no fault of your operators. They tried. Breakfast after tour was delicious and we saw beautiful motmots there
Another excellent tour also run by Arenal Oasis. We saw and photographed lots of sloths as well as many birds including three types of Toucan and a huge iguana. Highly recommended!
Guides were fabulous and very knowledgable!
We had a good time and saw a lot of animals.
Not a great tour because the sloths were not particularly active or visible up close. Not the fault of the guide whi tried very hard to find active sloths. Knowledgeable guide.
The tour guides were informative and gave us lots of photo opportunities .They showed us a variety of toucans, a few three-toed sloths, and a howler monkey with an albino baby. They also coordinated around the rain very well. My only disappointment about the sloth tour is that the tour guide mentioned going to see some two-toed sloths at the end of the tour but then dropped off at the hotel instead. I wish it had been communicated why we didn't get to see the two-toed sloth.
We did get to see sloths!
Luis and Trino were very good. We saw many sloths and felt it was very worthwhile
Great guides that took us around town and we got to see several sloths as well as howler monkeys and various birds
I hoped to see more sloths from close by but there is not much you can do about it
The guide and driver had the eye and knowledge of the area! We quickly located a Mom and baby low to the ground, she climbed right in front of us. We not only saw our sloth, but monkeys and many exotic birds! They stopped, set up cameras and helped us capture the experience.
The guides were great but the tour was very disjointed. We saw a few sloths and stayed for a long time just looking at them. Not really a tour.
We had a great time on the Sloth Tour. We where able to see 9 different sloths. And we where able to get some really good pictures.
Loved the tour!
What a great way to start your day! Got to see the area and sloths. Also saw some beautiful birds, iguanas and frogs! Marcus was the guide he was a lot of fun. He definitely loves his job. We had a nice breakfast afterwards
We saw 6 sloths, a keel-billed toucan, a hawk and even howler monkeys!
Jaime was amazing at talking to us and giving us so much information about sloths and Toucans. I can’t believe they spot those sloths in the trees like they do! It was so much fun.
Amazing. Saw sloths and toucans too!
Unfortunately it rained very hard so there’s nothing we could do about that. The guides were knowledgeable and kind. I was expecting to see sloths a little closer but they really couldn’t be seen without telescopes.
Loved the guide!
Tour guide was great and the experience was great. Very happy.
The breakfast after the tour was a huge surprize, loved having a wonderfully cook breakfast with the birds within a few feet of us!
We enjoyed the Sloth Tour immensely. Our guide and driver were excellent! They found many opportunities for us to observe sloths, toucans and a poisonous frog. We appreciated their setting up a scope so that we could take great pictures with our cell phones. Not only were they very informative, but their enthusiasm was awesome.
Isaac was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Our guide found lots of sloths as well as toucans near an active papaya farm, the snack at the end of the tour was nice
We initially thought this would be a hiking tour rather than being taken around in a minivan but we did get to see many sloths!
Francisco & Alvaro were awesome, and we saw so many sloths, even a mother with her baby!
Both the tour guide and the driver went out of their way to check for sloths in all known locations. We saw 5 sloths (one two toed sloth, rest three toed), a Blue Jeans poison dart frog, a howler money and stopped for coffee and a snack at the cutest B & B. The people who owned the property where the sloths were located were very kind in letting us walk over to where they were. On the way home, the driver went by the street where the Toucans are often spotted and we saw two yellow billed toucans. The tour was nicely paced and they were very kind and made sure I got great photos.
It was really hot this day which is unavoidable
Would have liked to see more wildlife. Lunch in the forest was wonderful.
Would it be possible to get closer to the sloths?
These guys were awesome
We saw sloths, birds, and frogs. This was exactly what was promised. It was a nice tour and the guides were great. We also really enjoyed the setting of the breakfast after the sloth tour.
Even though it rained we saw many sloths! The staff really took their time to make sure everyone got a good view and as many pictures as they wanted. They even had umbrellas for everyone. Our snack was delicious too!
Far exceeded expectations. I will never forget this tour!!!
fabulous tour! our favorite
We were very fortunate to see a sloth with a baby .
We didn't realise at first that this is a drive tour rather than a walking one. The first stop was a bit underwhelming -- roadside scrub. But the second was much better and there were good sightings of three sloths. Also enjoyed seeing the blue jeans frog. The advice from PTW was that 'snacks' were included, but this does actually include a full breakfast afterwards -- we recommend you update the advice so that people realise that this is better value for money than it looks.
The guides were great. Really liked them. The first area they took us wasn't as exotic as we expected. Felt like we just pulled over on side of road and walked into some woods. But we did see sloths and blue jean frog. Last place they took us for a snack was cool and food was good.
We got 8 sloths including a two-toed and a baby! Great job by the guides.
Guides were exceptional
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.
rained all tour long, but the tour company did the best they could with the weather being so bad, anyway great tour
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).
We saw plenty of sloths and birds. Nice morning was had by all.
So boring. If the guide didn’t have a scope we would not have seen a thing.
Nice and close to the resort, no wasted time.
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.
The best tour we did!
This one turned out great!
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!
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!
The team worked really hard to see sloths!
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.