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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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Paradise in the Costa Rico

The ride is a long journey with terrible road and a long day but worth the sacrifice. The boat trip was a once in a life time experience. We saw Capuchin, Howler and Spider... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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SANFORD
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The ride is a long journey with terrible road and a long day but worth the sacrifice. The boat trip was a once in a life time experience. We saw Capuchin, Howler and Spider moneys, sloth, iguana, and numerous beautiful birds. The lunch was a buffet that was included in the trip and the food was exceptional! This is a... More 

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Ajo, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Canoa Adventura ran this tour and did an excellent job. Our tour guide was kind, funny, and knowledgeable. She went out of her way to give us the best wildlife viewing possible. Her English was very good. This was a long day driving from Arenal Springs to Rio Frio, but worth every minute. We served lunch which was delicious. This... More 

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Rothesay, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

An excellent half day tour in the heat on the river Negro. Comfortable boat but to be honest we saw so much wildlife we didn't sit for long. Well worth doing and a change from hiking!

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Toronto
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were picked up at 7:20 in the morning and it wasn't until 8:00 that the tour operator (Aventuras) had picked everyone up at the various properties and had us all settled on the bus ready to go. Take note that you are at the mercy of all the others who have to be picked up and if some aren't... More 

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Ball Ground, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Small River Boats can take you into the Rio Frio, pointing out all the wildlife, including the Jesus Lizard which skates across water and was said to be the prototype for the small dinosaur in the Jurrasic Park movie. Be mindful to stop at or shortly beyond the Nicaraguan border, though.

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This was one of our favorite tours, and we went on a lot of them in the month we were in Costa Rica. We saw the most animals here all from a slow boat with 3 knowledgeable guides who saw and pointed out many things along the way. We saw 3 kinds of monkeys, sloths, bats, caiman, crocodiles, many birds,... More 

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Ottawa
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Cano Negro is a wildlife refuge near the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border. Home to a wide array of wildlife, it is definitely worth taking a nature sightseeing boat tour down its river, the River Frio. Our tour was about 2.5 hours long and our guide easily demonstrated his value by recognizing and pointing out many creatures, large and small. During the... More 

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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