Sloths are the #1 animal on the “must see” list that people want to see when they come to Costa Rica. And this tour gives you your best chance to see them if you are staying in Guanacaste! After a short hike to Guanacaste’s most stunning waterfall, you will head north to look for sloths, and there is a pretty good chance you will see some of the beautiful dart frogs, toucans, scarlet macaws and other animals – all in the wild, nothing caged on this tour. Enjoy these great spots with your private, naturalist guide who will share useful tips and interesting facts revealing their love of Costa Rica and its rich history -- and they make it FUN!
• Best chance of any tour from Guanacaste to see sloths, toucans and frogs
• Cortez Waterfall Hike
• Hot, Tico-style Lunch with Natural Fruit Juice
• Private vehicle and naturalist guide accompany you and your party
Hike to Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) : Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal, Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo area hotels. Contact us if staying at hotels outside these areas.
Lunch - Typical Lunch near Miravalles and Tenorio Volcanoes
Private vehicle and naturalist guide accompany you and your party
What's Not Included
Tips for Guides or Drivers
Transportation from hotels outside the Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal, Playa Conchal, Flamingo and Tamarindo. Contact us before booking if you are not sure your hotel is in one these towns.
YOUTH: Age: 3 - 11
ADULT: Age: 12 - 99
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
No guarantee you will see all animals, birds or reptiles listed.
Not recommended for person with disability that would preclude them from hiking up and down hills to waterfalls
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Wear Comfortable Shoes for Moderate Hike
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Face mask recommended when traveling in transportation vehicles
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Naturalist guide reserves the right to revise logistics or provide alternate tour options when necessary
Not recommended for children aged 2 and under
Not responsible for damage to personal items brought on tour. Bring personal items at your own risk.
Regular temperature checks for staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What To Expect
Bill Beard's Costa Rica
You will be picked up by a naturalist, English-speaking guide in a
private vehicle at your
Guanacaste Beach hotel* for a day of pure Costa Rican natural wonders. After an easy drive that takes you along the outskirts of Liberia, the capital city of Guanacaste, you will be greeted by rolling hills and wide-open spaces. You will enjoy a wonderful short hike that takes you to the pool where the wide, stunning Llanos de Cortez spills into a refreshingly large pool. You will definitely want to take photos at this gorgeous spot!
Stop along the way to relax, stretch and enjoy a delicious, typical “Tico” lunch, served hot with a refreshing fruit drink.
From here you will continue north on the Pan American highway and into the dense, lush hills that are home to sloths, monkeys. Blue Jean dart frogs and other colorful frogs like to hang out near the river banks, and you and your guide will have ample time to search for these natural wonders, because this unspoiled area is filled with wildlife, birds and plants. You will be glad to have the naturalist guide with you since the sloths, frogs, monkeys, toucans and other animals and birds are not in cages. We cannot “cue” the wildlife, so there is no guarantee that you will see all the animals, birds or reptiles listed.
Admission Ticket Free
Sloth encounter, frogs and lunch
It all started with Jose picking us up and actually driving in opposite direction to dive shop to get my dive bag left from the day before. He was so patient and even let us stop at a Walmart for some after sun lotion. He acted like one of the family!!!
Then the sloth encounter, frogs and lunch on the way from Playa Hermosa to Arenal was one of the best tours we experienced! Our guide Alan was amazing at not only finding 6 sloths (young sloth almost on ground that we got to get really close to), frogs (he even found a blue jean dart frog), honeybees, termites (yes, we did eat one and it was minty), leave cutter ants, and all sorts of birds. He was so knowledgeable and really great at helping us take great close-up pictures of everything. We left so excited about everything we saw and learned!
Sloths, Frogs and Food, Oh My!
Jose was an amazing tour guide. We had a prompt and easy pick up from our resort. He was very knowledgeable about the region and filled us in on an array of information.
We had a great walk through the rainforest. The guides really know what to look out for. We saw so many sloths, frogs, birds and other little rainforest creatures at work.
Our lunch was so wonderful…a truly authentic Costa Rican meal. Delicious and in a stunning setting.
We cannot recommend this tour enough!
Amazing waterfall and sloth experience!
This tour was an amazing experience and Jose was a great tour guide. He asked us what our goal was in terms of what we wanted to see and made sure it happened! The tour was private which we were not expecting, and we got to experience the waterfall up close and even get in the water to swim! The lunch was wonderful and getting to see sloths and other wildlife was great! Highly recommended!
So much to do!
In addition to seeing the wildlife and waterfalls, we were able to experience snorkeling, zip lining, a river boat tour looking at crocs and monkeys and other wildlife and surfing lessons for the brave ones! So much to do in addition to seeing the spectacular sunsets!
Private guided tour ... we added River Float
I didn't realize when I booked that this was a private tour! What a pleasant surprise when Jose picked us up for the day. We stopped first at Catarata Llanos Del Cortes water fall - just a small, village-owned waterfall. There's restrooms to change, a short walk down some steps and you're there! We hung out there for a little while, my husband even swam a little. Then we went and met Marco, who was our guide for the floating down the river. We boarded a rubber raft with life jackets & helmets and away we went. Marco often pointed out wildlife he spotted - birds, lizards, crocodiles! bats, and monkeys. We stopped to have a small snack along the way. It was a very peaceful ride. After that, Jose took us to a small restaurant for a typical Tico lunch. It was delicious! Then he drove us up into the mountains - between the volcanoes - to a farm where the sloths hang out. Jessica walked us along a small river and pointed out sloths, a snake, hornets, birds, lizards and more. She even dug into the leaves to find a tiny Blue Jean Dart frog! On our drive back, Jose even pulled over to make sure we had a chance to see Howler Monkeys in the trees. What an amazing day!
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