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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/day tour
Description: Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely humid...
Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely humid park contains the wintering grounds of thousands of migrant birds.
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Good place to go, but depends on how you do it

There are lots of different options to explore this place, but personally I took a boat tour with a guide. I was a part of a small group, so we were able to walk around the boat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

There are lots of different options to explore this place, but personally I took a boat tour with a guide. I was a part of a small group, so we were able to walk around the boat and get our boat really close to some animals. If it was a boat tour where you have to remain sitting the entire... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I took an eco-tour of the Cano Negro Reserve with incredible guides Jorge & Steven

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I booked this tour through a travel company (Desafio). The bus arrived promptly at our hotel and had a list of who was on the tour. Jorge was our guide and was truly entertaining and very knowledgeable of not only the river and its inhabitants but also general knowledge about Costa Rica. It was a bit of a boat ride... More 

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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My family of four pick this riverboat cruise as one of our favorite excursions in Costa Rica. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, hospitable, and humorous. We saw an abundance of wildlife including howler monkeys, spider monkeys, bats, sloths, cayman, turtles, and birds. I highly recommend for all!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I took this tour with my family and two children...7 and 10 years old. I personally felt the bus ride was long. I enjoyed seeing the Iguanas and being on the boat learning about the wildlife. My 10 year old loved the tour but it was a little long for my 7 year old who would have rather been playing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We took a "jungle cruise" down the river. We had an excellent guide and stopped to view the howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, so many types of birds, long neck bats, a caiman, and more. It was really neat.

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Arnold, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is an all day trip. The bus picks you up at 7.00 am and you don't get back until 5.00pm . The $55 per person fee includes the 2hr journey each way by bus, a snack and a late lunch and the approx 2hr trip by boat on the river. In my opinion this trip was the best in... More 

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Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

If you want to see wildlife and especially birds, head out to the Cano Negro area, and even up to Medio Queso River to the north. very, very special area for seeing endemic and rare birds . One of the places for birding in Costa Rica!

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Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

There are tours to Cano Negro from La Fortuna that will run you over $60 a person. If you have a rental car, it's much cheaper to do it yourself. It's about 1.5 hours from La Fortuna by car and the roads are good. It looks super far on a map but it's really not and the scenery is very... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Through my travel agency, I booked a guided 7-hour day trip from the Mount Arenal vicinity, to take boat tour of the Rio Frio. The point was the boat tour, which was a guided wildlife tour. The tour consisted of a slow trip (of maybe a mile or two) of the river. The guide mostly pointed out wildlife, and that... More 

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