Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Sights

Las Pumas Rescue Shelter (Centro de Rescate Las Pumas)

  • 4½ km (3 miles) north of Cañas on main hwy. Map It
  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Fodor's Review

Sad but true, one of the few places left in the country where you are guaranteed to see large wild cats, including a jaguar, is this animal rescue center. The small enclosures also hold jaguarundis, pumas, margays, ocelots, and oncillas. Some small animals and birds are rehabilitated and released into the wild. The larger cats are probably here for life, as it's dangerous for them to be released. Donations to the nonprofit foundation are welcomed.

Sight Information


4½ km (3 miles) north of Cañas on main hwy., Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

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/2669–6044; /2669–6019-for reservations

Sight Details:

  • $10
  • High season, daily 8–5; low season, daily 8–4


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