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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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By far the best way to see wildlife

This was a slow meander along a sluggish river. We saw white face, howler and spider monkeys. A Sloth, caimans ++ , and many birds including 4 types of kingfisher one of which sat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This was a slow meander along a sluggish river. We saw white face, howler and spider monkeys. A Sloth, caimans ++ , and many birds including 4 types of kingfisher one of which sat on a branch 3 metre from us bashing the fish we saw it catch on a branch to tenderise it! Also astonishingly bats. I would recommend... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We saw families of monkeys (even with little babies on their momma's backs), lots and lots of birds and a family of caimans (a momma and her babies). Very interesting. We did a private boat trip with Geovanni (separate review done for him) and are glad we did. We had a private van ride up to Cano Negro and a... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We booked a tour through our hotel in La Fortuna (Hotel Arenal Green), that included pick-up, transport, 2.5 hr river cruise, and lunch for $65/person. We did get to see a couple different types of monkeys, many caimon crocodiles, various birds. Then enjoyed a typical CR lunch. Good day!!

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Seattle, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We drove ourselves up to Cano Negro, rather than pre booking. I think we arrived a bit later in the day than the large tour groups (probably around 11am?). We chatted with a guide that has his own boat and he took us out on his boat for $60 for a 2 hour tour. It was great being the only... More 

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SANFORD
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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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Moscow, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was soooo good. He pointed out all kinds of wildlife to us and told us about each. We saw caymans, frogs, turtles, monkeys and lots of birds. It was a really good tour.

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Ajo, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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36 helpful votes 36 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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