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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Cano Negro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/day tour
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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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We did the boat tour on the river and saw much wildlife: many birds (no toucans, though), monkeys (howler monkeys, white faced and sloths), iguanas, caimans, small bats. Our guide from Gate 1 Travel was very knowlegeable and knew a lot about the trees and the wildlife we encountered; the guy piloting the boat was also well versed in spotting... More

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california
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118 reviews 118 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We took the trip from the Tabacon (2 hours) car ride to get to the river. Along the way, our guide explained much about the area and animals. Was an interesting stop to see the iguanas up close at a restaurant where the owner raised and feed them to draw customers. The trip down the river was a change to... More

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San Diego, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We booked this tour through the wonderful staff at the Nayara hotel. This was the only tour available for children under three, so off we went with our 19 month old. Cano Negro had it all, Howler Monkeys, Caimans, all manner of birds and we even saw four sloths. The guide, Walter,was professional and knowledgable, the van and driver were... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I booked this tour as it was rainy and I thought that at least this boat has a canopy. We were staying at the Nayara Hotel in Arenal and it was about a 2 hr drive to get to the river. We were so thrilled at the amount of wildlife that we saw! We saw capuchin and... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Interesting Rio Frio cruise in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. We saw lots of birds, monkeys, and reptiles, especially caimans, iguanas and water walking lizards. Be sure to bring insect repellent.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is one of the pricier excursions but worth it if you want to see the Costa Rican wildlife. The price includes pick up and drop off at your hotel, delicious local sweet snack, hot lunch, drinks and guided tour down the river. We booked our excursion at the Green Mountain tourist info center in Arenal not too far from... More

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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

As part of a Caravan trip, we drove 2 hours from Fortuna to do the boat trip. After the trip, we drove 2 hours back. Too much driving just for this short excursion on the river. Granted , we saw lots of wonderful wildlife that we might not have seen elsewhere. Included were howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, kingfisher birds, Jesus... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

A very pleasant day in the company of expert staff and guides. I was a little disappointed that this trip didn't make it to the actual marshes of Cano Negro, or Los Chiles, but there was plenty of interesting wildlife. Bring bug repellent!

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Newton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My wife and I took the Cano Negro riverboat safari. The tour included a 2 hour trip to get there from Arenal. (4 hours of traveling round trip) Given the time traveling, it was not worth it. On our trip the river was low so we did not travel as far as perhaps others. We saw caymans and birds along... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Paid $120 per person for a canoe trip. hardly any wildlife to see, water level in the river was low, too difficult to canoe. after 2 hours we gave up and came back on a full day trip. Like many destinations in Costa Rica this too is over hyped and under delivers. Tourist trap like pretty much all the spots... More

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