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
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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

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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 120 reviews

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Our tour guide Rigo was very knowledgeable about the birds and city wildlife. He has so much passion on birdwatching and learning about their behavior, characteristics and adaptation; and we found that so amazing. I learned things from Rigo about wildlife that helled me appreciate more the things we saw in the forests in Fortuna and Monteverde.

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January 25, 2023

Wonderful afternoon with a great guide. I’m so sorry, I didn’t catch his name! He was really knowledgeable and interested in what he shared with us. He knew we were focused on the sloths but made sure everyone became interested (if they weren’t already) in the birds, plants, and even ants that we saw first. We spotted several sloths so everyone was happy! He also booked an Uber for us as we had no internet at the end of the trip and stayed to make sure we were picked up. Fantastic!

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December 20, 2022

This was such a great tour. We had Ismael who was really enthusiastic about sharing his local knowledge and passion for biology with us. We learnt and saw so much including sloths, lots of beautiful birds and plants. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the local wildlife and nature of Costa Rica should book this tour.

December 12, 2022

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