This place is absolutely amazing. In Cahuita we hoped for other attractions to be the best, but during the rainy season (July) there was no snorkeling, it was raining A LOT, and the National Park was closed after the river because it was too wide to cross. The Tree of life turned out to be the best experience! This place is privately owned by a European couple with several local workers. They treat injured wild animals and help those who were pets to adapt to independent life. Costa Rica prohibits owning wild animals, so the Tree of life is one of the places where pets are directed to. There they are very well taken care of, and if ready, they are released into the wild. Some animals cannot be released because they are old or blind or damaged or all together, so they live in the center in comfort. The center provides a lot of room for animals for them to feel comfortable. We saw capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, kinkajous, agoutis, coatis, turtles, peccaries, jaguarundies, birds, etc. The animals come and go all the time, but usually the place is packed. Also, there are a lot of very cool plants and trees with explanations. Some of them are well known, some of them have unique qualities, and in general it's very fun. It was our first encounter with Costa Rican wildlife and flora, and it was wonderful. This non-profit place is working for a good cause, and your $10 you pay them on your visit could help to make it bigger and more diverse!
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