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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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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Fantastic wildlife

A slow boat ride along the River Frio where there is so much wildlife to see. guides very knowledgeable and friendly. All followed by a traditional lunch. Don't miss

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

A slow boat ride along the River Frio where there is so much wildlife to see. guides very knowledgeable and friendly. All followed by a traditional lunch. Don't miss

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London, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

My girlfriend with her great thirst for knowledge chose this excursion and I'm certainly glad she did! Although it is about a 2 hour drive from la fortuna the guide keeps you well entertained explaining about the agriculture you pass and how it is grown, harvested and where it is exported to. She also taught you loads of interesting facts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We loved the full-day excursion from Arenal to Cano Negro and the Rio Frio. Our exceptional guide, Walter Hamm Davis [indigobt@ice.co.cr], drove us about 2 hours to the river and boat. He spotted 29 fabulous birds and animals that we would never had seen ourselves in the trees and on the shoreline. We found 3 types of Kingfishers, herons, egrets,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a full day trip, tour required. The drive is about 2 hours each way including about 1 hour each way on a very bumpy road in what could be a very full tour van/bus. The trip down the river is about 90 minutes, you can tour by canoe or in a boat. The canoe is obviously more work,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Both our driver and guide (Rosa) were excellent. I would not have wanted to drive that long way myself! It was raining but the boat has a cover so no problem there. Bring bug spray! Loved the iguana stop and the many interesting things we saw on our tour. I think the cost was very reasonable for this informative and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A long bus ride from LA Fortuna and worth it. The guide is very knowing and gets herself well understood. On the road we learned about the fields we went by: pineapple, sugarcane, bananas, oranges, trees for construction. A stop for iguana (dozens of them) photos. On the river a very good boat captain got us all good views of:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The best birding weekend ever! Never saw so many different species in such a short time. And almost all from a boat, just floating through the small rivers and big lakes. Highly recommended for everybody who is crazy about bird watching!

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New Brunswick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The highlight of our visit here was our Rio Frio river cruise that even included a very brief stop in Nicaragua long enough to take a picture. We saw an abundance of birds and other critters thanks to our great boat guide. We had lunch in the little town near the boat dock and had a chance to wander around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Cano Negro is a must see for nature fans. The experienced guides from Canoa give a great impression in a short time. For booking I recommend Alfredo who has a booth next to the Rainforest cafe. Not only provided he a good overview of available tours but also he offered really good rates.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

For best wildlife viewing, book a 6am tour with a knowledgeable guide through one of the lodges. Fascinating.

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