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Centro de Rescate Las Pumas

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Address: 1 Interamerican Highway | 4.5km from the city of Canas, on the way to Liberia, Guanacaste; next to the Interamerican Highway., Canas 89-5700, Costa Rica
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+506 2669 6044

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We visited this recue 20 years earlier. The place has gotten larger and the enclosures are bigger now. It is always sad to see the animals enclosed but all the cats were rescued... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
East Nassau, New York
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East Nassau, New York
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this recue 20 years earlier. The place has gotten larger and the enclosures are bigger now. It is always sad to see the animals enclosed but all the cats were rescued and would have died if not taken care of here. They do a great job keeping everything clean with a lot of space and vegetation in all... More 

Thank CrosCrek
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The perfect size, welcoming host and animals who seem well treated! Great to learn about the species and you feel even better knowing that this is temporary for them as they'll be released later. Works for all ages and definitely worth spending between 1 and 2 hours.

Thank laurentny
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7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Centro de Rescate in the heat of the day and still enjoyed a leisurely stroll around, mostly in the shade while spotting adorable cats of all sizes, monkeys, parrots, and toucans throughout. There is a cute souvenir shop (prices are in fact reasonable for Costa Rica) and a simple but comfortable area to sit and enjoy... More 

Thank sradjy
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My family really loved this place. It's a great chance to get up close to some of Costa Rica's coolest wildlife. The big cats are just gorgeous, as are the birds, and the monkeys are a ton of fun for the kids. It's a quick and easy stop, and it's great to know that the admission fee goes to a... More 

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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way from La Fortuna to Tamarindo Beach. The animals were either rescued as babies or from being kept as pets. I felt a little bad for the animals that they were in cages (no matter how spacious) but it turns out that one of the monkeys who was treated and released keeps coming back to... More 

Thank Denise M
Bellevue, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017

These guys are wonderful, they are taking in exotic local animals who were confiscated from private homes and cannot be returned to the wild. The enclosures are spacious and the animals appear to be well cared for. It's a small facility, but if you are in the area and have a free-hour, I would recommend stopping by!

Thank Kateclysm
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49 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Kids loved it It was a bit sad seeing animals in cages but as they were rescued from abuse etc it makes sense Liked the birds and whitefaced monkeys Saw a cat killing an iguana too!

Thank FredoTO
Oakville, Canada
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68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We visited this centre for about an hour on a January afternoon. They are very respectful of the animals, asking visitors to remain quiet while they tour, but otherwise leaving you to take your time with these very special animals. The entrance fee contributes to the care of the animals and a gift shop provides another opportunity to give to... More 

Thank CdnBackpacker
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

For a few dollars you get to see up close many of Costa Rica's rarest animals and birds. Amazing experience! Make sure to visit if you are passing by! Only 5km from Canas, buses come by often and there is a bus stop right in front

Thank morganl396
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We went to Las Pumas for our kids to see the animals that have been rescued. Great place to visit for a small donation. We all enjoyed the caged animals and even had some howler monkeys hanging out in the trees above us. Great spot to see.

Thank Mark H

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