Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 4 miles from the center of Puerto Viejo, a popular surf village on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast. The center 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. In addition, the center offers public and private tours of their facilities—a treat for animal lovers of all ages. 

This rescue center gets its name from the first animal the founders ever treated: a malnourished baby jaguar. These days, the crew focuses more on birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small primates and provides educational research and internship programs, four-week volunteering opportunities, and longer interactive programs. After rehabilitating the animals, the center releases them in the nearby La Ceiba primary forest reserve.
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Itineraries with Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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

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).

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".

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).