I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the ... Read More
I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the sanctuary, we could see an enclosure with lots of fuzzy little guys. First we watched a movie on sloths which enhanced my excitement to see them close up! And then Buttercup arrived! She was so adorable with her little smile, she was very calm. We went outside and whomever wanted could get a picture with her and her handler. I got to touch her arm and she was soft and sweet.
Then we went into an area with a few of the residents and the guide introduced us to them. One of the residents was one of the only babies born at the sanctuary, she was with her mother. After this, we went on a canoe ride through the jungle. The boats were low in the water, but very safe. My mom was nervous about them, but she agreed afterwards that it was very fun and she felt safe. We saw a sloth in the wild climbing down a tree. We also saw crabs, birds, crocodile, and bright green iguana. It was very relaxing, but I would suggest that you put on some bug spray. The mosquitos were not terrible, but they were biting a bit.
Then we went on a walking tour in the jungle and our guide talked about the plants of the area. We went to a porch and ate fresh fruit. The final part of the tour was the baby sloth introduction. They were in little bins on towels. Some were sleeping, some were eating, some were making cute faces. You could not touch them, but you could take pictures (no flash). Finally, there was a nice gift shop with lots of sloth items. The bus took us back to the port after we were done in the shop. Overall, the sanctuary tour was very nice because our group was the only ones at each step of the tour. So it was not crowded. There were a couple children on the tour and they got tired and bored partway through the canoe ride.
At the port, there was a very nice market under a tent (which was good because it rained while we were in there). We also went out into the town where there were shops and restaurants as well. Everywhere accepted US dollars in this area. Read Less