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Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall

If you are into a little bit of education on local animals and cacao, followed by a short jaunt through the jungle to a waterfall, this is the tour for you. You will learn how the center serves as refuge and rehabilitation for animals (monkeys, sloths, snakes, wild cats and more) as well as have the opportunity to hold and play with the monkeys living there. A visit to an indigenous family to learn about the production of cacao follows the animal center. We end our day by hiking to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim if you’d like. Tour cost includes transportation to and from your hotel in Puerto Viejo as well as entrance and tour fee at the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center.

Jaguar Rescue Centre

The Jaguar Animal Rescue Center offers shelter, treatment, rehabilitation and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area.

Sandro, an expert in poisonous snakes, and Encar, a biologist with many years of experience caring for wild mammals in captivity, run the Center.

Sandro and Encar started the Center with the aim of saving the lives of as many injured or sick wild animals as they could. After sufficient time has passed, and if the animals are willing and able, they are re-introduced into their natural habitat in the forests of the South Caribbean.

Got Goat's Milk?
If you're visiting the center, you can help out by bringing with you to Costa Rica a can or two of Meyenberg Powdered Goat's Milk for the abandoned Howler Monkeys and Sloth babies at the center. They also need a product called Bene-Bac which is used for treating animals with intestinal problems. Unfortunately, neither of these products is available in Costa Rica.

The Center has become a sanctuary for wild animals and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can; terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the monkeys to rest in after spending the afternoon swinging through the trees outside, special quarantine cages for the animals arriving seriously injured and an operating theatre for emergency surgery if necessary. 

Your visit helps support the work of the centre. Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre photos by Lori Sorrentino.

Chocolate Lady

Next we visit an indigenous family growing cacao trees on their land. They are eager to show you the entire process of cacao fruit becoming a bar of chocolate. You will have the opportunity to purchase some of their chocolate or other indigenous handmade crafts. Please note that only part of the family speaks very limited English so if you don’t speak Spanish, your explanation of the process may be in the form of pantomime!

Testimonials

«Manuel was an excellent guide, providing us with a wealth of information throughout the trip. Magnificent tour!»
- Dan & Jeannette

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- Mary Ann & Dee

«Manuel was great. I feel he showed us more than we were expecting and explained things with much detail. He also took us to a great restaurant with beautiful view.»
- Leonora & Justin

Waterfall

After learning a bit about cacao, your tour guide will bring you to the Volio Waterfall. It’s about a twenty-minute hike through the jungle to a twelve-meter high waterfall in the mountains of Talamanca. You can swim if you’d like. Should the waterfall be too dry (this can sometimes happen during the dry season), your tour guide will lead you to a different waterfall in the same area where you can enjoy swimming in the pools there. Your feet may get wet while you’re exploring the waterfall so we advise you to wear appropriate shoes or bring an extra pair for changing into after the hike.

Tour information:

Fitness level: The Jaguar Animal Rescue Center and Chocolate Lady are suitable for all fitness levels although they are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. The waterfall trail is not long but can be steep and sometimes muddy so an adequate fitness level is suggested. The second waterfall option is a shorter walk, so should you prefer that regardless of water level, please let us know.
Departures: Daily at 9:00 AM except Sundays when the Jaguar Rescue Center is closed.
Duration: Half day
Cost per person: Adults $59.00, Children $29.50
There is a minimum of 2 adults for this tour. Children under 3 years are free. Children over 11 years pay the adult rate.
Includes: Transportation to and from your hotel in Puerto Viejo, driver/tour guide, entrance fees to Jaguar Animal Rescue Center and the Chocolate Lady
Not included: Optional afternoon add-on with lunch and facilities at Banana Azul Beach Club (see details below).
Additional transportation charges apply for hotels outside of Puerto Viejo (per booking not per person):
Playa Chiquita $15
Punta Uva $20
Cahuita $25
Manzanillo $25
What to bring: Shoes with traction and perhaps an extra pair to change into after the waterfall hike, swimsuit underneath your clothes (there is not a changing room at the waterfall), insect repellent, sunscreen, water, towel and money for lunch and snacks.
Note: You should not touch the animals at the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center if you have applied sunscreen or insect repellent. We recommend you apply these items after your visit to the Center.

Make a day of it at the Azul Beach Club

Choose the Azul Beach Club option when booking your tour (for $15 per person). Includes transportation to Banana Azul after end of tour, beach chairs with rancho, lunch entree served either on beach or in restaurant, beach towel, locker, shower and pool access (no children under 16 allowed in pool). Not included: transport back to your hotel (ask our tour desk for help), drinks, tips.


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Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall - Booking Form

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Includes transportation to Banana Azul after end of tour, beach chairs with rancho, lunch entree served either on beach or in restaurant, beach towel, locker, shower and pool access (no children under 16 allowed in pool). Not included: transport back to your hotel (ask our tour desk for help), drinks, tips.
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Terms and conditions
  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip.
  3. Should your plans change and you are unable to make your tour/transport or need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you on another tour or refund your money.
  4. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  5. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  6. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  7. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations of single bookings with less than 7 days notice will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges).
  8. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
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Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip.
  3. Should your plans change and you are unable to make your tour/transport or need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you on another tour or refund your money.
  4. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  5. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  6. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  7. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations of single bookings with less than 7 days notice will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges).
  8. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.