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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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Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a nature reserve that you can only see by boat. The lack of vehicles makes it an environment where there are plenty of animals. We saw lots of different types of monkeys , including a bright orange albino monkey, camen, lizards, iguanas and lots of birds. a relaxing day with beautiful scenary.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Sure it's a 90 min tour bus ride up, couple hours on a boat, then 90 min tour bus ride back - so not a lot of physical movement which isn't normally my style, but worth the time!! On the bus ride up George entertained us with facts and interesting stories. I was shocked at all the tiny, impossible sightings... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a glorious place Make a bee line for it if you are on the popular tourist trail to La Fortuna / Arenal / hot springs and volcano The approach road is richly blessed with wildlife and interest The river itself offers a feast of howler monkeys , spider monkeys , white faced monkeys , caiman, innumerable birds of... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You have to get up early in the morning, as the boat leaves promptly at 6am, but it's worth it. We had perfect weather and saw many birds, including close-up views of Anhingas, Neotropic Cormorants, Little Blue Heron, Green Ibis, Amazon Kingfishers, vultures, an American Pygmy Kingfisher, a Black-Collared Hawk, a Gray-Necked Wood Rail, a Bare-Throated Tiger Heron, a Green... More

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Columbia, MD
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We saw so much wildlife. They took us on the bus. The tour guides were wonderful on the boat. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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15 helpful votes 15 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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21 helpful votes 21 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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