Trip Planner: Central America / Costa Rica / Province of Puntarenas / Dominical / Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
A non-profit organization, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and releases local animals into the natural habitat. Tours lasting between 1 and 1.5 hours provide information about the sanctuary's aims, objectives, and rescue efforts. Visitors have a chance to meet many of the sanctuary's residents, including sloths, spider monkeys, capuchins, anteaters, raccoons, parrots, toucans, porcupines, and kinkajous. You'll learn about their history, biology, and conservation needs from fully trained tour guides. Although you'll be able to take photos there, keep in mind that visitors cannot touch animals in accordance to Costa Rica's laws. Donations go directly and completely to running the sanctuary. It is recommended that visitors have a 4x4 vehicle to get up the hill. VISITORS MUST MAKE A RESERVATION USING THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM, PLEASE SEE WEBSITE. Take the guesswork out of planning a Dominical vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews
The work they do here is absolutely amazing! The dedication, love and passion that people put into their work is admirable and inspirational. I will support the sanctuary through Amazon Smile. more »
We visited the wildlife Sanctuary not knowing exactly what to expect. What we witnessed is hard-working and dedicated people who are helping to preserve the diverse wildlife in this part of Costa Rica... more »
Wonderful experience for our family. Highly recommend it. Our guide Florian was both informative and quite funny (and he didn't even have to pay us for that good comment ;). His genuine affection for the animals was obvious. We were lucky enough to see their resident honey bear and to get a glimpse of an owl monkey. Also the view from the restaurant was truly breathtaking.
We where touched very deeply by this place. We are happy it exists and sad at the same time. The tour with Florian was great. He is very knowledgeable and funny. He told us the stories of all the poor creatures that live there. We loved the fact that they try to rehabilitate as many animals back into the wild as possible - and that those animals are not shown to visitors to prevent them from too much human contact. You will only see those animals that can not be released due to injuries or other circumstances. The people here (mostly volunteers) are doing a great job and seem to love what they do. If you want to see some cute animals and help them at the same time, please do this great tour! We will definitely come back when we return to CR - maybe even as volunteers!
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