San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Activity provider: Oropopo Experience

San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Activity provider: Oropopo Experience

From US$ 35 per person

Guided by passionate biologists, discover a hidden ecosystem in the middle of the city. See native sloths, birds, butterflies, and variety of plants and insects living wild and free. Join a small group tour on the grounds of the University of Costa Rica.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Private or small groups available


  • Discover an amazing variety of birds, incredible insects, and amazing flowers
  • See the fascinating indigenous sphere stone, the largest in San Jose
  • Look for a wild sloth population in the middle of the university campus
Full description
Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. Then, see the largest indigenous stone sphere in San Jose, thought to derive from the extinct Diquis culture. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.
  • Guided nature walk by a biologist
  • Telescope for bird and sloth watching
  • Snacks or water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please meet in front of the Ondina Café & Restaurant. Your guide will be wearing a T-shirt with "Oropopo Experience written on it and will be holding a telescope. The cafe is closed on weekends. Please don’t panic as your guide will always be waiting for you.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • During the rainy season (May to November), please bring bug spray and be prepared to experience the rainforest. During this time we recommend booking the morning slot; however, the afternoons are also great.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 101 reviews

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Very calm, well paced walking tour allowing enough time to observe and absorb the fauna and flora on the campus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good english. Definitely a tour we would recommend. We saw sloths, different birds, spiders and a variety of trees, plants and flowers. Ideally take the tour on weekends or when the students are off because it allows you to appreciate the sounds of the birds and other animals.

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November 19, 2022

I had a great experience seeing many colorful birds including some woodpeckers. The sloths were fascinating and I got to see several including a baby closely holding onto its mother. It's an easy path at a university so you don't need to be particularly fit. The guide was very quick at spotting animals so I saw many things I would have missed alone.

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October 31, 2022

One of the best tour I've ever been on. My guide was very knowledgeable about virtually everything. Capture vivid images of sloths and birds right in the heart of downtown San Jose. I'll recommend this tour to any visiting CR. I'm very bad with names but my tour guide was exceptionally brilliant, articulate, very friendly and patient.

October 8, 2022

Product ID: 270972