Private tour

La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

4.8 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica

La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica
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From US$ 67.85 US$ 54.28 per person

A wildlife tour to La Fortuna, a unique site to watch sloths. The climate, food availability, protection and the absence of predators make this area, and the property you will visit, a small natural oasis for these charismatic creatures.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
ransfers are included from hotels in Zone 1, including La Fortuna Town, Arenal Country, Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Los Lagos, Volcano Lodge, Volcano Inn, Arenal Springs, Arenal Manoa, Arenal Paraíso, Montaña de Fuego, Kokoro, Campo Verde, Carlos Lodge, Tacotal, Kioro, Tabacón, Mountain Paradise, Arenal Nayara, Villas Eco Arenal, Silencio del Campo, Royal Corin, Baldi Hot Springs, La Pradera del Arenal, Magic Mountain, and Lomas del Volcan. For hotels in Zone 2 a fee of USD 39.00 is added for transfers. This rate is per service for 1-6 persons at hotels in Arenal, El Tanque Airport, Lost Iguana, Arenal Lodge, El Bosque, and The Springs Resort. For transfers from hotels in Zone 3, the additional charge is USD 48.00. This includes Arenal Observatorio Lodge, hotels in El Castillo, hotels in Chachagua, and hotels in Muelle.
Private group


  • Trail through the fascinating tropical forest
  • Have your sloth sighting guaranteed
  • Take a tour recommended for families
  • Choose between a morning, noon or evening departure
Full description
After being picked up from your hotel at your chosen time, you will start this exciting journey into the sloths' territory, which is within a small family-friendly eco-project just 5 minutes from La Fortuna. The project has a path of 1500 meters (a little less than a mile) which is suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. You will venture into the forest for 2 hours, where you will be surrounded by plants, a river bordering the property and of course, the Guarumo Trees (Cecropia obtusifolia), which are the favorite food of sloths in Costa Rica. During this tour, you will learn about the importance of the sloths' protection, as illegal trade has grown due to its increasing popularity. Because of this, Ecoterra Expeditions, along with the Rodríguez family, are maintaining this privileged area to protect the sloths in Costa Rica. Your specialized guide will be an expert in locating these sloths, so you can be guaranteed of a sloth observation during your tour. It's important to remember that the sloth is a solitary animal and spends most of its time sleeping and resting on the treetops. The two-toed sloth and three-toed sloth can be observed in the route, and now and then, visitors may have the incredible experience of watching the mother with its offspring. Your naturalist guide will supply high-quality optical gear to provide a 100% satisfying observation without any impact to the naturally smiling sloths. At the end of this natural experience, you will be driven back to your hotel where you will be left understanding just why you cannot come to Costa Rica without seeing a sloth.
  • Optical equipment
  • Reserve entrance fee
  • Bilingual nature guide
  • Transportation to and from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan with WiFi
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Money for snacks, tips, or souvenirs
  • Additional food and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 2 adult minimum required to operate the tour
  • Baby seats are available at no extra cost, subject to availability
  • The tour is operated in English and Spanish
  • Transportation included from the majority of hotels (if your hotel is located far from La Fortuna or the main road to the Arenal Volcano, please inquire about extra charges)
  • Choose between 8:00AM, 2:00PM or 5:30PM departure
  • Please carry cash if you wish to buy snacks, drinks, souvenirs, or give tips to the guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 14 reviews

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The tour operates on the premises of a farmland that has some preserved forested areas near a river. The guide is well equiped and provides a lot of interesting information about sloths and various species of plants and animals from the area. We manages to see about 3 sloths, although not necessarily all the body. For one we saw the body and legs, for one we saw the head. This is because the animals tend to stay quite high up in the canopy to hide from predators. We had a better chance to see a sloth on the side of the road another day.

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December 13, 2021

A wonderful excursion to a private reserve 2 km before La Fortuna. The young guide with perfect English and the owner of the nature reserve tirelessly looked for the rarest species of the animal world, discovered them and showed, photographed or filmed them with special optical equipment. We were only two, so it was nice again. Finally there was tropical fruit and drinks. It was sensational, we were allowed to see everything that was worth seeing! (6 sloths alone) Simply recommended! The tour in La Fortuna is offered by local vendors for $ 35, unknowingly if it's the same tour!

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December 28, 2018

Our guide was super knowledgeable and went out of his way to try to find various wildlife for us. It was a unique and fun experience to be out in the rainforest at night.

July 12, 2022

Product ID: 190874