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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Toronto, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is one of the pricier excursions but worth it if you want to see the Costa Rican wildlife. The price includes pick up and drop off at your hotel, delicious local sweet snack, hot lunch, drinks and guided tour down the river. We booked our excursion at the Green Mountain tourist info center in Arenal not too far from... More

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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

As part of a Caravan trip, we drove 2 hours from Fortuna to do the boat trip. After the trip, we drove 2 hours back. Too much driving just for this short excursion on the river. Granted , we saw lots of wonderful wildlife that we might not have seen elsewhere. Included were howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, kingfisher birds, Jesus... More

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