Jaguar Rescue Center

The center was named after a baby jaguar
One of the most rewarding tours you can take in Costa Rica is at the Jaguar Rescue Center, located about four miles from the center of Puerto Viejo, a popular surf village on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast. This is a home and rehabilitation facility for ill, injured, and orphaned animals. During a guided tour, you can see monkeys, three-toed sloths, and anteaters, among others. The center offers public and private tours of their facilities—a treat for animal lovers of all ages. 

This rescue center was named after the first animal the founders ever treated: a malnourished baby jaguar. These days they focus more on birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small primates. They also provide educational research and internship programs for visitors and even offer four-week volunteering opportunities as well as longer programs. Three miles away from the rescue center is the La Ceiba primary forest reserve, a section of primary forest where the center releases rehabilitated animals into the wild.

Tours that Include Jaguar Rescue Center

A beach near Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica's Caribbean side
Map of Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 10 Days
Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 10 Days

Experience the best of Costa Rica's tropical flora and fauna on this 10-day trip. Spend a fun-filled week hiking in the rainforest, snorkeling in coral reefs, rafting the world-class rapids of Río Pacuare, and more. This itinerary is ideal for travelers heading to Costa Rica during the "green season" (May - November), as the Caribbean coast stays relatively dry during rainy months—and it's also the best time to see turtles nesting in Tortuguero National Park.

A sloth hanging around in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica Wildlife Road Trip - 8 Days
Costa Rica Wildlife Road Trip - 8 Days

This self-drive tour is ideal for families who love animals and exploring the outdoors. You'll spot plenty of the country's adorable mammals like sloths and monkeys, as well as rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish. Along the way, stay at unique eco-lodges

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula on the remote southwestern coast, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy the pura vida.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy "pura vida".

A beach near Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica's Caribbean side
Map of Caribbean Coast Adventure - 9 Days
Caribbean Coast Adventure - 9 Days

On this 9-day trip, you will experience the best of the country's tropical flora and fauna. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling in coral reefs.  This itinerary is ideal for travelers going to Costa Rica during the "green season" (May - November), as the Caribbean coast stays relatively dry during these rainy months. It's also the best time to see turtles nesting on the beaches in Tortuguero National Park (July-October).

Bicycle by the beach in Puerto Viejo
Map of Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 11 Days
Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 11 Days

On this 11-day trip, you will experience the best of the country's tropical flora and fauna. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling in coral reefs.  This itinerary is ideal for travelers going to Costa Rica during the "green season" (May - November), as the Caribbean coast stays relatively dry during these rainy months. It's also the best time to see turtles nesting on the beaches in Tortuguero National Park (July-October).