San Jose

San Jose Walking Nature Tour: Sloths, Birds and Trees

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Looking for Sloths butterflies and birds in the Urban Jungle
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a dose of Costa Rica’s signature nature without leaving San Jose or fitting in an extra day trip. Led by a local biologist, you’ll traverse the city looking for (and finding) tropical birds, slow-moving sloths, exotic plants, wild berries, and more. Just steps from downtown San Jose lies a green world of adventure, if you know where to look—and with this tour, you will.
  • Follow a trained naturalist through San Jose's wildest spots
  • Binoculars/telescope provided for optimal viewing
  • Witness Costa Rican nature with just a few hours free time

What's Included

  • Telescope or binoculars for bird and sloth watching
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain jacket
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Water

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ondina Café & Restaurant
    Centro de investigaciones Agronómicas, C. la Cruz, San José, San Pedro, 11503, Costa Rica

    This is a family-owned Cafe with benches and tables in the front yard, you can use a promotional code: promo-Oropopo to get discounts, use the bathroom or refill your water bottles. Closed on weekends. Please arrive at the meeting point 10min before the start. The tour begins on time.

End point

  • Parada de Autobuses UCR-Cartago
    Jose María Muñoz, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica

What To Expect

Universidad de Costa Rica

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Operated by Oropopo Experience

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
We had a wonderful experience on this walking nature tour around the university. The guide and her assistant shared a lot of insightful observations about the different birds, sloths, and trees in the area. Since they carried a telescope, we were able to clearly see the species, and they answered all of our questions. Overall, an excellent tour.


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Ecotourism at its best!
Amorette_M, Apr 2024
Extraordinary! I never imagined I’d see so much — and learn so much — of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna without ever leaving San Jose. Our guide, Raquel was an extremely knowledgeable biologist and true naturalist. Her passion, energy, and respect for nature was contagious! Fun and intimate! Oropopo is clearly a special company — a model of true and responsible Ecotourism!
Beautiful Flora, Birds, and Sloths!
Kristen_G, Apr 2024
Melissa was an awesome and engaging tour guide! I love how passionate and excited she was about the biodiversity on the university campus. I learned so much while on this tour. I had been doing a lot of wildlife tours so it was great to hear something new. I recommend doing this wildlife tour over going to a wildlife refuge, as the wildlife on campus is all authentic. We got to see 3 sloths on the afternoon tour, all of them curled up in a ball and sleeping.
Informative and interesting
Jade_D, Apr 2024
Sarah was very knowledgeable and passionate. I enjoyed learning from her about the plants and their fruits and the many birds we could see. And of course the sloths, we saw 3!
Educational Walking Tour
Kim_N, Apr 2024
Thank you Sarah for such an educational walking tour through the University of Costa Rica. My family enjoyed the observation of the flowers, butterflies, and sloths. We had a different tour the day prior in the rain forest and we did not spot any sloths. We were excited to see three sloths with Sarah. Do the tour, it's worth it!
Amazing Nature Tour
Rasaratnam_L, Mar 2024
We had a wonderful experience on this walking nature tour around the university. The guide and her assistant shared a lot of insightful observations about the different birds, sloths, and trees in the area. Since they carried a telescope, we were able to clearly see the species, and they answered all of our questions. Overall, an excellent tour.
Really enjoyable tour
Maria_B, Mar 2024
It was really enjoyable tour. Very knowledgeable guide, we learned a lot about local nature and saw beautiful birds, and of course slots.
Amazing walking tour!
Ben_R, Mar 2024
Incredible tour, amazing how much natural beauty exists right in the middle of this city. Saw a variety of flora and fauna, including native birds and sloths. Sara was an awesome guide through it all - knowledgable, engaging and passionate about Costa Rica's natural resources.
Highly recommended
Lawrence_W, Mar 2024
We had this tour after visiting Arenal Park and Mountverd, but still were amazed by the richness of plants, birds, and surroundings. The biologist tour guid was excellent.
Great tour and great guide
John_M, Mar 2024
A great tour with a great guide. Sara was very helpful in showing us how we are able to see nature anywhere and how we interact with it. They work hard to find the animals and make it a great experience
Jessica_S, Mar 2024
Great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient with the group. We were able to see sloths and enjoy nature
Great tour in the university campus
Petra_S, Mar 2024
I enjoyed this 3h walk in the university campus very much. Our guide was friendly and enthusiatic about showing us local animals and plants and telling us about Costa Rica. We saw beautiful oropendula birds, six sloths, and much more. I recommend this tour!
Yes there are sloths!
Jessica_B, Mar 2024
Rigo was an amazing guide! I learned so much about the plants, trees, and animals that share the city. He was kind and funny and unbelievably knowledgeable. And of course, what everyone wants to know….were there sloths? YES!
Butterflies, birds, and sloths oh my!
Reba_B, Mar 2024
Sara was a very knowledgeable guide who gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna of the area. She easily flowed between English and Spanish and kept everyone engaged. We saw many varieties of trees and birds. We also visited a butterfly garden. A real treat was seeing 2 sloths. This is a great tour at the University of Costa Rica. Sara is lovely and a delight.
Enjoyed seeing animals & plants
moondad7, Mar 2024
Sarah was very knowledgeable., communicated well. The weather was cooperative although forcast thunderstorms.
Unexpected discovery
Heather_S, Mar 2024
Unexpected discovery of so many plants and animals on this lovely tour around the university. Excellent guide.
Outstandingly sloth tour guide.
TeriL_E, Mar 2024
The guide was the highlight of the tour. He was very informative and kind. He made a special effort to identify birds and to find sloths.
An enjoyable walk discovering wildlufe
Dianna_E, Mar 2024
It was exciting to see a sloth being reasonably active. The birdlife was also interesting, as was the information from. the guide
Great experience in the city
Rodolfo_G, Mar 2024
This was a lovely walk in the city. Perfect for an afternoon when you have no program and are looking for something to do. It teaches about awareness of your surroundings and highlights interesting facts. You also get to access the university butterfly garden which is otherwise off limits.
Loved our guide
Steven_M, Feb 2024
We loved it! Our guide, Sarah, was delightful and full of information. We spotted two sloths, leaf cutter ants, exotic birds, and many trees and plants. Highly recommended, especially if you’re just looking for an afternoon activity without leaving the city.
Great guides really...
Great guides really enthusiastic and knowledgeable Get an Uber to meeting point Odina Restaurant really good too

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