Are you a sloth lover? This Puerto Limon shore excursion was designed specifically for you. The Sloth Lovers tour follows the same route as one of our most popular shore excursions in Puerto Limon, the Tortuguero Canals + Cahuita National Park Combo
. The big difference? The Sloth Lovers tours’ main focus is seeking out sloths in Limon. Of course in places like Cahuita National Park and the Tortuguero Canals you will see a huge variety of wildlife, Tortuguero is the Amazon of Costa Rica after all. On the Sloth Lovers tour, your naturalist guide is passionate about the sloths and will teach you everything they know about Costa Rica sloths in the wild.
If you have ever seen a sloth up close, you probably fell in love with their goofy smiles and laid back (slothy) style. Sloths came to be synonymous with traveling in Costa Rica thanks in part to brilliant ad campaigns by the department of tourism. In 2011 the world was exposed to the adorably laid back sloth in Costa Rica’s Million Dollar Gift of Happiness
campaign. A few years later they followed it up with my personal all-time favorite ad campaign, Save the Americans/Canadians
. My bet is that if you clicked on the second link here, you just fell in love with sloths even if you have never seen one before. If so, this is the shore excursion in Costa Rica for you.
Don’t know much about sloths? Here are a few fun facts about the Sloths in Costa Rica for you.
The name for sloth in Spanish is Oso Perezoso... which roughly translates into lazy bear. Fitting I suppose.
There are both two-toed and three-toed sloth species found in Costa Rica, but there are a total of 6 species world-wide.
Sloths are related to anteaters and armadillos. Anteaters I get, but armadillos? Wow!
Sloths move so slowly because they have the slowest digestive system and metabolism known in the animal kingdom so they need to conserve their energy. So maybe lazy is not such a fitting name after all.
Sloths sleep up to 20 hours per day and only come down out of the trees to defecate once per week. Ok, lazy does seem to fit after all.
Sloths may look cute and cuddly, but never touch them! Their fur is an entire eco-system in itself full of mites, algae, fungus and other bugs. Yuck!
Sloths in Costa Rica are not endangered, only the Pygmy Sloths in Panama and the Maned Sloth in Brazil are.
Want more fun facts about sloths in Costa Rica? Check out our blog
OK, now that your curiosity is peeked, we will leave the rest of the cool facts about sloths in Costa Rica to your passionate sloth loving guides. This 6 hour excursion will immerse you in nature both on land and on water. Cahuita National Park is a wonder land for a variety of coastal dwelling wildlife. There are a couple families of sloths that are easy to spot from the main trails as you enter. Tortuguero Canals are perfect for spotting sloths that love to live in the trees near the waterways. In both locations you can easily spot caiman, crocodiles, water fowl, monkeys, turtles and iguanas. Wildlife in its natural environment instead of a reserve or sanctuary, the perfect wildlife excursion in Costa Rica!
Our favorite thing about this tour? We do not visit a refuge, a sanctuary or a reserve, we seek out sloths in the 100% natural environment! Sounds good to you? Then grab your cameras and get ready to snap some amazing photos of those loveable smiley sloths. Book your Sloth Lovers Tour with The Real Deal Tours and save money on your Puerto Limon shore excursion too!
Sloth Lovers Excursion - Tortuguero Canals + Cahuita National Park Tour Details
Sloth Lovers Excusion Includes:
- * Round trip transportation from the cruise pier
- * Professional bilingual naturalist tour guide
- * 1 Hour Tortuguero boat tour
- * Entrance fees in Cahuita National Park
- * Tropical fruit snacks
Departures: Departure varies depending your cruise ship itinerary. Be sure to include which cruise ship you will be arriving on along with your ships arrival and departure time on the reservation. Exact meeting times and location will be provided on your confirmation voucher.
Length: 7 Hours.
- * Comfortable walking shoes
- * Light clothing
- * Camera
- * Binoculars if you have them
- * Eco-friendly sunscreen
- * Eco-friendly biodegradable insect repellant
- * Raincoat or poncho (it is called a rainforest for good reason)
- * Water bottle
- * Cash for tour balance, lunch, souvenirs and tips for your guides
Children: This shore excursion is great for the whole family! Discounted rates for Children between 4 and 12 years old.
Insider Tip: Seriously, if there is any place you are going to find wild sloths in Costa Rica, the Caribbean coast is it! There are so many sloths in the wild near Puerto Limon you do not need to visit a sanctuary or refuge. Sloths in Costa Rica are pretty well respected, thus the happy sloth ad campaigns I suppose.
Special Requests: If you have special needs or are traveling with a wheelchair, we are more than happy to accommodate you. Just contact us and we will arrange a private wheelchair accessible tour for you and your family!
Groups: If you have 10 or more people in your group, contact us and we can provide you with special group rates. Save even more money!!
Important Note: All tours run on local time. Costa Rica runs on Central Standard Time, however they do not observer Daylight Savings Time. Be sure to check with your ship to confirm your actual arrival time in Costa Rica is CST and not ship time. When in doubt, disembark and ask a local!
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The Real Deal: $94.00
The Real Deal: $75.00
Sloth Lovers Excursion - Tortuguero Canals + Cahuita National Park Tour deposit is $74.00 per Adult and $60.00 per Child.
(The balance of $20.00 per Adult and $15.00 per Child must be paid in cash the day of the tour)
Departure times will be in your e - ticket.