One of the most popular attractions that Puerto Viejo has to offer is the famous Jaguar Rescue Center, and it is a place we recommend to all Cashew Hill guests. Why? It is a fun opportunity to learn about many of the exotic animals that are native to Puerto Viejo. The best part about this experience is that you can interact with most animals. One of the first animals you will see on the tour is the baby monkeys, they are social and love attention! Feeding and playing with the monkeys in an experience like no other.
The goal of the Jaguar Rescue Center is to rehabilitate and release as many animals back into the wild as possible, and because of this, many of the animals are allowed to roam freely in the hopes that they will one day return to their homes in the jungle on their own. The animals at the rescue center change daily but there are many species of birds, as well as deer, and one very social squirrel who all love attention.
In total, the tour is about an hour and a half long, and for only $15 dollars this is a great way to spend your morning. Those looking to bring a keepsake home can find great souvenirs at the gift shop as well. The Jaguar Rescue Center is a nonprofit organization and nearly all of the staff is made up of volunteers. This means that all of your proceeds go towards the further care of the animals at the center.