Kids Saving the Rainforest

Kids Saving the Rainforest

This place is just as sweet as it sounds.

My first experience to this non-for-profit organization/sanctuary was nothing short of an incredible memory.  Our family was in town with sloths on the mind.  How could you visit Costa Rica and not see these fascinating creatures?

Without any real directions, we somehow found the sanctuary tucked away in a Palm jungle, through a few turns down a dirt road, only fifteen minutes by car from Manuel Antonio.  The reason why the directions on Google maps weren’t accurate is quiet simple;  KSTR doesn’t want people to show up without having already booked a tour by phone or email.  We happened to be the ones who didn’t follow the typical procedure.  Our advice, book in advance!

We pulled up right as the morning tour was ending, but that didn’t stop the owner from being extremely hospitable to our curiosities.  We explained that we came to see Sloths, and he did not disappoint.  Not only did we have one-on-one time with a baby sloth in a laundry basket(!) we ended up on a private tour of our own to meet all of the other animals in the sanctuary.  He explained every animal’s situation and how the sanctuary began and continues to grow through the help of donations, volunteers, and veterinarians that specialize in these specific species.  We could feel his excitement and dedication through every word he spoke.


KSTR was founded in 1999 to help save the rainforest by two, passionate nine-year-old girls that lived in the area.

  KSTR’s mission is to sustain the diversity of the rainforest and wildlife globally, through local action, education, and research.

Their wildlife tour teaches about Sloths, Spider Monkeys, White-faced Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys (Titi), Marmosets, Tamarins, Kinkajous, Parrots, Parakeets and many more animals.  In order to maintain a rehabilitation center for the several species they work with, the foundation understands that survival of the fittest is their biggest issue. They also operate as an educational center and reforestation nursery.  Around an incredible 95% of the animals they tend to, are released into the wild at after they fully recover.


In addition to the sanctuary, Kids Saving the Rainforest manages a Bed & Breakfast to help raise funds to save the rainforest and wildlife in the area.  The Blue Banyan Inn is located on the property so if you’re looking for a quaint place to say – you don’t have to look far!

If you’re planning on a visit to Costa Rica, or better yet, to see us – we’d be happy to book KSTR as a must-see tour!

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM They also have private tours available

Send an email to: or to book call: (506) 4070-0340

Click here for KSTRF on Trip Advisor