San Jose

San Jose Walking Nature Tour: Sloths, Birds and Trees

Badge of ExcellenceSan Pedro, Costa Rica

From USD 28.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a dose of Costa Rica’s signature nature without leaving San Jose or fitting in an extra day trip. Led by a local biologist, you’ll traverse the city looking for (and finding) tropical birds, slow-moving sloths, exotic plants, wild berries, and more. Just steps from downtown San Jose lies a green world of adventure, if you know where to look—and with this tour, you will.
  • Follow a trained naturalist through San Jose's wildest spots
  • Binoculars/telescope provided for optimal viewing
  • Witness Costa Rican nature with just a few hours free time
  • Limited to 7 travelers, you'll get a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Telescope or binoculars for bird and sloth watching
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ondina Café & Restaurant
    Centro de investigaciones Agronómicas, C. la Cruz, San José, San Pedro, 11503, Costa Rica

    This is a family-owned Cafe with benches and tables in the front yard, you can use a promotional code: promo-Oropopo to get discounts, use the bathroom or refill your water bottles. Closed on weekends. Please arrive at the meeting point 10min before the start. The tour begins on time.

End point

  • Parada de Autobuses UCR-Cartago
    Jose María Muñoz, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica

What To Expect

Bosquecito Leonel Oviedo

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Operated by Oropopo Experience

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

It’s definitely family-friendly could be a bit of a trek for little ones.
188 reviews
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Finding nature in the city
Fabian_H, Mar 2023
The walking tour takes you mostly over campus grounds of the University of Costa Rica. Cali, the tour guide, did an excellent job pointing out birds, bees, plants and sloths and provided interesting facts. I would recommend this walking tour to anyone.
Great tour
Norbert_B, Mar 2023
We really had a very interesting tour. Our guide was very experienced and loves his job/passion. We defintely can everyone recommend this tour.
Highly recommended
Jennifer_P, Mar 2023
So glad we found this tour. We had been to National Park but only saw sloths at a big distance, at the Uni we got up so close it was Amazing ! Our guide Lu was very passionate about the flora and fauna and was a wonderful guide. Highly recommended this tour.
Thang_N, Mar 2023
Education and terrific trip with passionate a tour guide. We were lucky to find sloths, which were definitely the highlights.
Informative but lacking
Gabriel_N, Mar 2023
Obtaining information relative to the native plants and birds. However, it was made out to show sloths but only one was actually viable yet it was noted that there were 28 at the University.
Spectacular Walking Nature Tour
Evelyn_P, Mar 2023
Rico was a friendly, interesting & knowledgeable guide. We heard and saw unique flowers, beautiful birds, sleeping sloths in a jungle in the middle of the city at the University. Spectacular photos with Rigo’s spotting scope obtained and shared. Tour highly recommended.
Thoroughly enjoyable
Sue_G, Mar 2023
Ishmael gave us a super experience around the university campus. We saw a motmot (pictured), leaf cutting ants, and a couple of sloths. He is very good at spotting animals and explaining their habits. We also met some nice people visiting from other countries. It was easy to get to the meeting place by Uber. His English is excellent and he was very easy to understand.
Nature walk tour with Ismael -SUPERIOR
Cindy_B, Feb 2023
Our group met with guide Ismäel to tour the grounds of the university of Costa Rica in San Jose discovering many beautiful plant, bird, insect and animal species, which occupy the University grounds. The tour was fascinating and informative, and Ismael our guide sought out and presented with much pride in his education of his country, and with the desire to keep moving forward with conservation for the benefit of the natural life in Costa Rica and other areas around the world. Ismael was incredibly knowledgeable with all species and plants discovered through his keen eye and sound familiarity. Extremely enjoyable, I would do it again if I could, highly recommend.
stephaniebuckley, Feb 2023
Very knowledgeable and has a good personality to interact with throughout the tour. Answers questions.
The variety of birds was...
DouglasC_H, Feb 2023
The variety of birds was impressive and Diwo ( my guide) knew where to find everything and how to point it out to me
Educational and les by passionate students who were the best!
Naomi_F, Feb 2023
Led by passionate students, it was such a good experience to see the University campus and nature that we would otherwise have walked straight past without appreciating!
Wonderful Nature Walk Tour
Javon_G, Jan 2023
I absolutely enjoyed the guide he was very informative and helpful. I saw and learned so much in a small amount of time. I had fun learning about Costa Rican flora, fauna and sloths. Great tour and worth it.
Renovations to the Costa Rican ecosystem and the lifestyle of the Sloths.
ThomasMTom_G, Jan 2023
The addition of the tour guide’s telescope to pictures of the sloths increased definition and we were even able to shoot a video of a young male two toed sloth’s active searching for food. Insight into the work of the Biologists at the University to renovate the Costa Rican ecosystem was enlightening and passionately delivered by our knowledgeable guide Luis.
Sleeping Sloths!
chaniqua_c, Jan 2023
This was cool. I’m not into nature, but wanted to try something different. The experience was just that. I learned a lot from all the others who are very interested in nature. We saw many birds, insects, plants and a few sloths. The sloths were all relaxing or sleeping, but overall it was cool.
Undiscovered Gem
Negasi_G, Dec 2022
I had a surprisingly good time on this tour. The tour leader was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and was able to answer any and all questions posed to him. It was quite fun spotting sloths on the UCR campus, and the bird watching was an added bonus.
San Jose walking tour
Madelyn_A, Dec 2022
Cello, our guide was very knowledgeable about the birds, trees and Sloths! He was diligent in searching for Sloths for us to view and photograph. The university grounds were beautiful and well kept. Lovely tour.
Great Little Tour
Jamie_S, Dec 2022
Pablo was amazing! Super friendly, super knowledgeable and did a great job identifying birds that we saw. Cute little tour and perfect for small children or older people. We saw sloths and different birds and plants!
Highly recommend! Especially if you don't have time for a more rural trip.
Sarah_F, Dec 2022
Such a great time seeing Sloths in the city! Tour guides were knowledgeable and their English was easy to understand for us tourists!
Ca.mpus wildlife walk
Lisa_S, Dec 2022
Very knowlegeable and polite student guide. Beautiful walk lovely wildlife. He even helped me get an Uber!
Great walking tour and SLOTHS!
Catherine_O, Dec 2022
Great walking tour of the birds, trees and sloths around the University campus and in their ecological reserve. Be prepared for some hills/inclines.