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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Address: 3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: 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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Stevensville
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We found it a bit disappointing; it's a long drive from La Fortuna and we expected to see more wildlife. But maybe our expectations were too high. Boat tour was nice and tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable

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Antibes, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Canon Negro is a major wetland reserve where you will see many kinds of birds and tour operators offer the opportunity to go on a motor boat, or to paddle your own canoe on the river which runs through the reserve. N.B. The canoeing is down river, so you hardly have to paddle and the motor boat picked up the... More 

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We booked a trip with a guide from our hotel. It took about 2 hours to get there. Loved the tour and glad we went with Andres. We stopped on the road in and saw a lot of cool birds and also caimans (sp?). We had lunch before heading out on the boat. We had the boat to ourselves. Just... More 

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San Luis Obispo
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It takes almost 2 hours to drive from La Fortuna(Arenal Volcano Area) but it is worth it. If you book you own guide from your hotel, you will get more of a personalized tour with 4 of you than bring stuck in a bus with 20 plus people. We had our own covered boat with a skipper and guide. We... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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36 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The drive from the Arenal area is very very long, but we are so glad we joined this tour. The drivers and guides have "eagle" eyes and they can spot the very well camouflaged little creatures, like the "jesus christ" lizard that runs on water. Our guide used a green laser pointer to help us see the wildlife hidden in... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We drove to Cano Negro and found a tour office, just by the town square, close to the entrance to the Wildlife Refuge. The community run tour office we'd read about in our travel guide no longer exists, but the staff we met were very helpful, enthusiastic and didn't overcharge. We didn't book in advance, but just arranged the tour... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had a great guide (Pablo) who gave us a lot of information on the drive to the river. We even pulled over to check out a sloth on the side of the road. While the tour company was good, and the buffet lunch was also good, I thought that the boat tour itself wasn't very interesting. We did see... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The drive from Arenal to take this tour was well worth what we got. The river boat tour itself took about 2.5 hours. The guide and the boat captain were great at spotting wildlife on the shore, and we managed to see a huge variety in a short period of time, including a sloth, three species of monkeys (Costa Rica... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you want to visit the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge you have to stay in Cano Negro. The tours that are coming for the day don't even go the park area. We stayed at Natural Lodge Cano Negro, I can't recommend it enough (check my review). We booked 2 tours there with Jimmy. He is a very knowledgeable guide. We... More 

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The trip to Los Chiles took about 2hrs, but was filled by info & interesting facts from our guide. Upon arrival, the boat tour was great with loads of wildlife sightings, finished off with a simple, yet great meal at a local soda on our way back to La Fortuna. Great day out!

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