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Sloths, birds n' butterflies in San Jose

San Pedro, Costa RicaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Marcelo

2.5 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

We will explore the hidden ecosystem resting inside the campus of the first public university in the country. You'll discover some amazing birdwatching, with several dozens of different bird species in the area. We'll look for the small population of sloths living free on the campus' gardens and then visit the only scientific research butterfly garden in the country.

Many times we will try some wild berries and smell all sorts of barks and flowers. We'll be talking about art, history, indigenous culture, and most of all, nature. This is a full senses experience so you will get to see, touch, smell, taste, and listen to nature thriving amidst our country's biggest city.

*Every experience we host is unique and we change the route frequently. During weekends we will NOT visit one of the Reserves and the Butterfly Farm. On those days we will add a surprise stop!

** Kids 4-17 years old pay half the price. Kids under 4 pay $3
** Please bring your own face masks, we provide hand sanitizer. It's an outdoor activity in which we will comply with social distancing and safety measures all through the experience.
Other things to note
Every experience we host is unique. During the weekends we don't visit one of the Reserves and the Butterfly Farm.

On rainy days we still run the experience!

Kids 3-17 years old pay half the price (book 1 space for 2 kids or message us)
We will explore the hidden ecosystem resting inside the campus of the first public university in the country. You'll discover some amazing birdwatching, with several dozens of different bird species in the area. We'll look for the small population of sloths living free on the campus' gardens and then visit the only scientific research butterfly garden in the country.

Many times we will try some wild berries and smell all sorts of bark…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Butterfly Farm Entrance Fee
  • Equipment
    Rain Ponchos in case of rain
From $26
/ person

Meet your host, Marcelo

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 221 Reviews
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I think that since little I had this strange obsession with nature. Even though I grew on Downtown, I enjoyed so much every time that my dad took me to the farms where my uncles worked in the countryside. Luckily I had the chance to study biology at the University of Costa Rica, looking after getting out San José Downtown where I thought there wasn´t that much to see or do.

I couldn´t be so wrong back then. The Campus of the University showed me and my classmates such a different perspective, on how to seething by GOING BEYOND what at first sight you see.

That why we founded Oropopo Experience, a small collective to show the hidden jewels at San José and all around the country!
I think that since little I had this strange obsession with nature. Even though I grew on Downtown, I enjoyed so much every time that my dad took me to the farms where my uncles worked in the countryside. Luckily I had the chance to study biology at the University of Costa Rica, looking after getting out San José Downtown where I thought there wasn´t that much to see or do.

I couldn´t be so wrong back then. The Campus of the University showed me and my classmates such a different pers…
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Where you'll be

On our first stop, we will look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers.
Then, we will see the largest indigenous stone sphere (which is world heritage) in San José.
Lastly, we'll visit the main campus where the sloths live freely and hopefully find some tasty berries.
On weekdays we will also visit the scientific research butterfly garden with more than 25 different species.

Rated 4.87 out of 5 from 221 reviews.

Saori
March 2020
My husband and I truly enjoyed this experience! Luis was an excellent guide and very knowledgable. We’re glad we found this tour and grateful for all of work Luis and his coworkers do to promote environmental conservation :)
Lucy
March 2020
Really wonderful experience, it's so personal and your guide will show you everything. Went to Manuel Antonio the week after and there was so many other groups with guides it ruined it - but this is special. If you're in the city 100% do this tour as it's like a breath of fresh air from the chaos of downtown!
Really wonderful experience, it's so personal and your guide will show you everything. Went to Manuel Antonio the week after and there was so many other groups with guides it ruine…
Susan
March 2020
This was an enjoyable tour. Our host had good eyes and could spot sloths, rare birds, flowers and insects wereever we looked. He found 4 sloths. We enjoyed it very much!
Peter
March 2020
We weren't there on the best of days. The tour fellow had a clear passion for the topic, and knew what he was talking about. However, the presentation lacked any coherent narrative, or broader story. It was a jagged and disorganized presentation.
We weren't there on the best of days. The tour fellow had a clear passion for the topic, and knew what he was talking about. However, the presentation lacked any coherent narrative…
Alexis
March 2020
Our Biologist Extraordinaire was LuisFran. We had a good time! Meeting up at the cafe was easy. Luis did a good job at explaining and describing lots of information about animals, insects, and plants. My favorite part was the butterfly habitat. We were a small group of 3 people, so I felt like we had an opportunity to get a lot out of the experience. We also spotted a sloth sleeping in the trees. Overall, I think it was worth it.
Our Biologist Extraordinaire was LuisFran. We had a good time! Meeting up at the cafe was easy. Luis did a good job at explaining and describing lots of information about animals,…
Colette
March 2020
I should have booked this tour my first day in Puerto Rica instead of my last. I learned very much about about San José, the University and Puerto Rico. Our guide had a great eye, a telescope and a pair of binoculars to lend. He was kind, patient, joyful and very knowledgeable about the many birds, butterflies and mammals we saw. I will take this tour again and again, whenever I come back to San José.
I should have booked this tour my first day in Puerto Rica instead of my last. I learned very much about about San José, the University and Puerto Rico. Our guide had a great eye,…

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 7 guests of all ages can attend.

    What to bring

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