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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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8-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose...
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Cano Negro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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virignia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The tour started with a long 1.5 hour ride from La Fortuna to the boat launch area, the tour bus was at full capacity so some folks had to sit at the center stool seats for the entire journey. We didn't see any monkeys on our trip, did see quite a few birds and lizards. The boat ride itself is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We took a boat ride on the Wildlife Refuge. The guide was very knowledgeable and trying to make sure we see as many animals as we can. We were able to see Howler Monkeys, White faced capuchin monkeys, Vultures, Spider Monkeys and even a Basilik Lizard run on water which the kids enjoyed. At the end of the boat tour,... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You want to see great costa rica wildlife? This tour is for you. Great experience both with the trip and the tour company. We left the Lost Iguana Resort (near la Fortuna) via the tour company (who was great) and it took us about 2 hrs to make our way to Cano Negro. The last 20 minutes of road gave... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We came here from the arenal volcano region on a tour. It was a great, relaxing activity that let us see a lot of Costa Rica. We saw a ton of wildlife that is native to the area. The tour guide, Raul, was so knowledgeable and a great source of information and spotting animals. The bus ride and lunch also... More 

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Salisbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We drove up from Arenal and chose one of the boats. There was only two of us and the guide. He was very good at spotting the various wildlife; caiman, cormorants,egrets of 2 kinds,storks turtles,howler monkeys,huge turtles,and many bird species. the trip was 2 hours on the river and lagoons. There were many varieties of flowers along the riverbank. Truly... More 

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San Jose Metro, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

A bit rainy beginning but I swear that only brought out more animals to see. 3 kinds of monkeys, many birds and lizards and we even got to see a sloth!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

A great way to experience the wildlife in the Cosa Rican rainforest. Be prepared for a long ride (from Arenal about 3 hours) but it's worth it - Howler and Spider monkeys, Caiman (croc's), lots of birds, Iguana at the half-way stopover. Our guide was passionate about the rainforest and it's wildlife, which made the adventure all the better. A... More 

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Anywhere Costa Rica suggested the Cano Negro Riverboat excursion and I am glad that they did. Our tour guide was one of the best I have experienced. Alfred was not only extremely knowledgable his personality made this tour a blast! AND he remembered all the names of 12 of us on this tour. We got lucky and the animals made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We took a guided boat tour of the Rio Frio in Cano Negro wildlife refuge. Because we visited in the rainy season (early October), there were just four of us on the boat-- my husband, the guide, and the captain. We had a perfect seat for viewing every animal. We saw caymans, King-fishers, storks, small bats, howler monkeys, Jesus Christ... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you want to see birds and animals, this is the place to be - monkeys, sloths, bats, butterflies, caimans, iguanas, lizards and too many birds to count. Our guide and boat driver had an amazing ability to find things. We even saw a huge tarantula on the water.

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