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Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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Family Visit to Animal Sanctuary

Our entire family of 14, ages 9 to 80, took 2 boats from the Iguana Lodge to the Osa Wildlife... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
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We travelled by boat to the sanctuary. Our tour guide was excellent, and the animals are... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Mary G
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the sanctuary.
Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa Apdo, Puerto Jimenez 48-8203, Costa Rica
506 861 1309
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

Our entire family of 14, ages 9 to 80, took 2 boats from the Iguana Lodge to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Our tour guide was a volunteer from Sweden. We saw many animals which had been rescued from various types of critical situations, nursed to...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

We travelled by boat to the sanctuary. Our tour guide was excellent, and the animals are fascinating. It was hot, take bug spray. We saw a bunch of dolphin on the boat ride over, and stopped to snorkel on the way back to Puerto Jimenez.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Mary G
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We visited this sanctuary with high expectations and were not let down. I read the bad reviews on here and wanted to comment on a couple points people had made: 1) comments about not being able to interact with the animals. Today we had a...More

Date of experience: April 2016
4  Thank Ash H
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Our family really enjoyed this tour by the owner who is a super-committed conservationist (and a bit quirky as anyone living in the wild for 20 years hand feeding wild animal babies every 45 minutes must be). Really felt like a nice chance to see...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

The positive reviews are right-on. This is a special place run by a woman who has devoted 20 years to rescuing animals and returning them to the wild. This is not a zoo. It is also not a "hold and pet all the animals" operation....More

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank bluegrass512
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Great way to support volunteer work and recovering wildlife animals. You can only Access By boat, which makes this Place even more special. You can actually got close to the animals and friendly monkes will ask to screch them. momorable!

Date of experience: November 2015
2  Thank InkaGU
Reviewed 13 March 2016

Carol, thank you so much for taking time to show us around. What you are doing and committing your life to these animals in need is incredible. You are an amazing individual.

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank 675dwights
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Rent a boat in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, and cross Pavon Bay to get to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. They will wait for you while you visit the sanctuary. If you have no mosquito repellent on your hands you might get to feed some of...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank jmeyer27
Reviewed 22 February 2016

A wonderful experience. Sharing the dedication of these kind people who care for injured/abused animals with the aim of releasing them back to their natural environment. You have the opportunity on a guided small-group tour to see the caged animals as well as many animals...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank mjhtnt
Reviewed 21 February 2016

A visit to the wildlife sanctuary is well worth the effort to get there. There is no dock, so you'll have to walk in on the beach from your boat... but you'll likely be greeted by Sweetie the Spider Monkey. You may even get a...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank DarrenL639
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6 May 2017|
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Response from Clearcutter | Reviewed this property |
You will need to make arrangements ahead of time. You can only reach the sanctuary by boat, so you will need to make arrangements for a water taxi to take you across the bay. Often the taxi operator or company you reserve... More
23 October 2016|
Response from ImurVnuss | Reviewed this property |
There are water taxis that can you hire at the dock in Puerto Jiminez. you can also call around to different resorts in Puerto Jiminez (Lios Rios, I believe is one) who sometimes offers transportation to and from Puerto... More
21 April 2016|
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Response from DarrenL639 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with earlier answer. Easy to walk in, brush off sand, and slip shoes back on. As the spider monkeys tend to greet you, though, make sure you have belongings secured while you work with shoes. Also... No water bottles... More