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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

3km from Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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$925*
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8-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose...
92%
Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Cano Negro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/day tour
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My family has been coming to the Arenal area of CR for 7 years now and we never miss the opportunity to take a tour in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Every time we go, we see something special and unique. This time we saw an albino howler monkey. There are hundreds of different kinds of adventure tours to take... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

"Go tours Costa Rica" arranged our 9 days tour included this day trip. We joined a tour with 90 minutes minibus ride each way from Arenal volcano and about two hours boat cruise. On the way there we stopped at a store for a break with many iguanas in nearby trees. When we are at Cano Negro we saw a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I took a cruise on the Rio Frio to see the wildlife refuge. The trip exceeded my expectations in regards to the wildlife that I saw. I saw baby and adult howler monkeys--a whole group of them, 2- and 3-toed sloths, a Spectacled Caiman Crocodile, Long-nosed bats, Emerald Basilisk, Anhinga, Neotropical river otter, Northern Jacana, etc., etc. You should definitely... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Is this the most physically intense tour you can do in Costa Rica? Heck no. You're in a boat but you're going to see a lot. I'm not sure if our tour is indicative of the average but it actually got to the point where we had so many different things happening our tour guide was constantly turning around to... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 helpful votes 3 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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