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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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Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely humid park...

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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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna

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Good for bird watchers

we had a nice boat trip in the lagunes (only possible if water level is high enough) and the river. Besides from birds not much other wildlife, but the variation in birds is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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zoetermeer
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106 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we had a nice boat trip in the lagunes (only possible if water level is high enough) and the river. Besides from birds not much other wildlife, but the variation in birds is defenitely good for bird watchers. take into account a long (dirt road) ride to get to the park

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing guided visited through La Finca Villas in Platanar. Roger was a fantastic guide on our float trip. We saw 20 different types of birds including the Spoonbill Rosette, several varieties of King Fishers, herons, cormorants, yellow warbler, wood stork to name a few. We even saw the howler monkeys. Our float rip was two hours long and between Roger... More 

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Campton, New Hampshire
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited as part of a Caravan tour. Since we are birders, this was a highlight. The river offered some birds we saw nowhere else in Costa Rica, e.g. Sungrebe. The town itself offered little else.

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Thank nhraven
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A river tour not to be missed. we saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, bats, birds and we got to see a green heron and many other birds, as well as caymans and iguanas. Our guide Jorje was a wealth of information about both the river and its wildlife and Costa Rica's history the importance of keeping its ecological integrity.

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Thank Betonce S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of bird and wildlife to see, very relaxing and peaceful cruising along in your tour boat. Vast area of lagoons and river to investigate.

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Caspar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to see birds, and did we see them ever! This is not the easiest place to get to, there is a long bumpy road. We had a regular car with GPS, so the place wasn't difficult to find. The Refuge is a large place, can take many people, and they are set up to service large groups for... More 

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Mid Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This proved to be a very rewarding outing. We saw sloths, 3 different kinds of monkeys, caimans, lots of different birds, turtles, and butterflies also.

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Thank Jana J
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a trip up from La Fortuna and it was well worth it. We saw so much wildlife and our guide and boat captain were knowledgeable and excellent spotters of even the tiniest of creatures such as bats. My only regret was that my camera battery died on me half way through the trip.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of birds to see - a good guide helps. Some monkeys - but are difficult to spot. Caimans and Iguanas are about too. The highlight was spotting a sloth! They are really difficult to spot. It took a couple of minutes of pointing out by the guide before I saw it?!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've booked a trip to Cano Negro, for the "Amazing Wildlife" which can be seen, the tour was done from a big boat, the tourist guides keep repeating on the way there that in Costa Rica are different 903 bird species, and after all the Cano Nero tour we've seen 4 or 5 species, 2 crocodiles and a few monkeys.... More 

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