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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna

By Aventuras Arenal
Recommended by 93% of travelers
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See more of Costa Rica’s natural landscape without the stress of navigating on this convenient day trip to Caño Negro—hotel transport included. The itinerary features a river boat safari through a wildlife refuge known for its birds, monkeys, and lizards, which you can spot and learn about with the help of your guide. Round out the tour with a well-deserved lunch at a local restaurant.
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$89.64
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$89.64
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Ages 4-75, max of 10 per group
Duration: 8h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish

Highlights
  • Sightsee in Caño Negro without the stress of planning
  • River boat cruise offers rare views of the natural landscape
  • Guide points out easy-to-miss plants and animals
  • Lunch, round-trip hotel transport, and entrance fees included

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • - Si su hotel no está en la lista, contáctenos (+506) 2479 9133 - Si su hotel no está en la lista, pueden aplicar cargos extra por transporte
  • Aventuras Arenal, 702, Barrio Pilo, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica White and blue building before the bridge ove the Habana river.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21909P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Binoculars and camera suggested
  • Sun lotion
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna?
Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna price starts from $89.64. Discover and book Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna on Tripadvisor
What is the Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna cancellation policy?
Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna?
Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna is hosted by Aventuras Arenal. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Aventuras Arenal on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21909P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Aventuras Arenal
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Los Chiles
    Stop: 8 hours
    Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

MinnesotaMNGirl
MinnesotaMNGirl
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Fun paddle on Lake Arenal.
Two couples with lots of canoeing experience were able to get out on the water on a beautiful March day. The guide
CAK-BOS
CAK-BOS
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Excellent guided tour
Amazing tour of Mistico Hanging Bridges with Kristel! She was one of the few guides with a camera with a zoom lens
BoardingPass424934
BoardingPass424934
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A fun learning experience!
We had an amazing time on the safari float on the Peñas Blancas! We saw a few howler monkey troops, lots of iguanas
Y7554KWbobb
Y7554KWbobb
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Brilliant guide and tour
Our guide Kristel was brilliant! Not only was she really friendly, she knew so much about the nature and wildlife
Lauralye04
Lauralye04
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Relaxing and fun
We had such a lovely time on this tour! We laughed at the antics of our tour guide and were incredibly entertained
Ideas4me
Ideas4me
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Bring Arenal and wildlife to life
Tour guides were so knowledgable and enthusiastic with stories told. Excellent tours over two days. Volcano tour
Lisa P
Lisa P
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Use Kristel!
The hanging bridges was such a fun experience. Not only is it beautiful there is so much to see! That being said we
Mitchell S
Mitchell S
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Mistico Hanging Bridges
We were split into groups according to language spoken. Our guide like all guides brought a telephoto lens on foldi
sarah k
sarah k
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Wonderful
Beautiful place but our guide kristel made the experience amazing- she was kind, knowledgeable and made sure we had
F660MLalicec
F660MLalicec
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Amazing Full Day Wildlife Tour
Had a great time with this tour! Please book through Jack Hammer Tours. David (our tour guide) and David (our bus
michellehN5703TJ
michellehN5703TJ
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A glimpse into the most enchanted forest
A visit to this park is a must do -- providing a wonderful way to engage with the rich biodiversity that exists wit
nick h
nick h
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Forests of Costa Rica
A definate must for a trip to Csta Rica. Although we did not go at a premium time to engage with the animals our ex
Carma370
Carma370
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Costa Rica nature at its best
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. I highly recommend going with a guide. Kristel Rojas-Leon
Terri G
Terri G
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Wildlife Experience
This is a beautiful park, well maintained, and easy to navigate. I was a little concerned about swinging bridges hi
hansbestofcostarica
hansbestofcostarica
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Such a GREAT experience!
I tried the stand-up paddle activity and it was a lot of fun, I enjoyed it A LOT! The guides were so nice to us and
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William B
1 contribution
Jan 2023
Kristel Rojas-Leon was SUPER! Plesent,knowledgeable, patient with guests of all levels of expertise, excellent english, an asset to the tourism industry!

Bill Bishop
Written January 30, 2023
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waltermelon76
Washington DC, DC51 contributions
Dec 2022
Great experience. It was a long drive from La Fortuna - 2 hrs in each direction. But totally worth it. Also one of the most relaxed tours we did in Costa Rica where we had to do no walking. Sit in the boat and just spot the wildlife as you pass by. We saw a ton of birds and animals. Iguanas - bigger than any we have seen before. One Sloth. Lots of interesting species of birds and other animals. Lunch was surprisingly very fresh and tasty too. Totally worth the trip.
Written December 29, 2022
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Judi W
Orlando, FL312 contributions
Feb 2020
We were promptly picked up at our hotel. Our guide was Carlos and he did an excellent job. We had about a two hour ride in the van to the boat launch. Once wer were on the boat the tour lasted about 3 hours. The guides pointed out several birds, Howler Monkeys and also white faced monkeys. After the tour we stopped at a restaurant and had a delicious lunch of chicken and rice.
Written March 9, 2020
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Gabriel S
Townsville, Queensland, Australia49 contributions
This is a well organised tour, you do have a 2 hour drive to get here but it is worth it. For us an added bonus was that it was sunny something we haven’t seen much of so far. We saw quite a few different bird species and a couple that are hard to find elsewhere like the potoo and grebe. The guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. The only thing I would have changed would be the time of day, I would have loved to have been there earlier but that would have meant a 5 am pick up which I don’t suppose many would be keen on. All in all a great day with a very nice lunch.
Written January 24, 2020
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Dear Gabriel Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a fantastic review. We were thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the tour, We are looking forward to welcome you again.
Written February 24, 2020
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Katheb123
Des Moines, IA143 contributions
Jan 2020
We were supposed to go to Rio Celeste or see the blue water at the waterfall but on our way our guide, Julio, received a call from the office stating that due to heavy rains the prior day the water was not blue but mud. He offered the group an opportunity to change the tour to Cano Negro instead. The group agreed so off we went.

We saw a ton of wildlife and the guides were outstanding at spotting things for us to see as well as explaining the history. While I was a little disappointed of not going to Rio Celeste to see the water, this was a fantastic tour.

I appreciate the company looking out for the guest and trying to offer us the best opportunity for our trip. There was a $100 each difference in the tour cost but I guess this was better than hiking 3 miles in mud to see mud!

Thanks Aventuras Arsenal for your professionalism and for our great guide Julio and drive Lily.
Written January 16, 2020
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Dear Katheb123 Thank you for your review of our tour. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and hope you will return for more days among the Rainforest. We hope next time you can visit Rio Celeste in a sunny day.
Written February 24, 2020
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Laura C
7 contributions
Jan 2020
With so much to choose from, we were happy we went on the river criuse. Hosts were great, funny, informative about the eco challenges in the country - they provided lunch (rice, beans, salad, chicken, cold drinks, beer) and a fun two hour tour of the river. The boat has shade, and a great view of riverside birds, caimen, monkeys, iguanas. It rained, felt even more magical. Worth the trip if you want a chill day on the water.
Written January 10, 2020
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Dear compasspointswest Thank you so much for your fantastic review and taking the time to share your experience at Caño Negro -Rio Frio Boat Tour, We are looking forward to welcome you back .
Written February 25, 2020
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stclairmam
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Couldn’t be more pleased with our trip to Cano Negro. Carlos, our guide, was so knowledgeable and fun to be with. The shuttle driver and boat captain were awesome too! We saw sloths, all 3 monkey types, iguanas of brown, green and orange, turtles, butterflies, snakes and birds too many to count. An added bonus was the delicious and generous Tico lunch served at our stop. The entire trip was fabulous and we recommend it highly. The boat is covered so protects you from sun and/or rain. Lots of space on the shuttle and the boat.
Written January 4, 2020
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Dear Stclairmam , We are so honored you chose to spend part of your vacations with us. Thank you so much for your kind words and beautiful description of your experience on the Caño Negro Tour. We are looking forward to welcome you again.
Written February 25, 2020
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Elan_from_EC
Belmont, CA8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We booked our tour about a day in advance. We were picked up from our hotel by a van with our guide at 7:15. There we a total of eight people on the tour. The ride from La Fortuna to Cano Negro took almost two hours, with a brief stop near the end. The boat was waiting for us when arrived, a large boat with space for about 50 people, but we were only eight so there plenty of space to move around and see wildlife from any angle. Our guide was very knowledgable. He spoke good English, was friendly and humorous. The guide and the boat driver have a sharp eye for the wildlife. We got to see plenty of animals of every time you’d expect, monkeys, iguanas, birds, caymans, lizards, you name it. The Rio Frio was over its banks due to heavy rains in the previous days. The caymans were hard to spot with all the river banks submerged, but we did spot one. We enjoyed beautiful weather and a wonderful, very satisfying tour. On the way back we received a simple Costa Rican meal before heading back to our hotel. We were back by about 3pm. Overall, an excellent experience!
Written December 9, 2019
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Dear Elan_from_EC Thank you so much for your 'super' review of our experience in Caño Negro and Rio Frio Boat tour. We appreciate your wonderfull descriptions, especially about our outstanding team! We are looking forward to have you again .
Written February 25, 2020
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Grizz35
Comox, British Columbia20 contributions
Dec 2019
Was an amazing trip and our guide Carlos was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw lots of wildlife including sloths, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, jesus christ lizard and so much more. Well worth the time and money.
Written December 6, 2019
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Dear Grizz35 Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts of the Caño Negro and Rio Frio boat tour. We cannot wait to welcome you back.
Written February 25, 2020
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WorcesterMoray
Worcester998 contributions
Sep 2019
Trip on the river up to the Nicuraguan border was excellent. Lots of birds and caimens and lizards. Monkeys in the trees. Pleasant on the boat and plenty to spot.
Guide excellent. Well worth the journey from la Fortuna.
Written September 29, 2019
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Dear WorcesterMoray Thank you very much for your review of our trip to Caño Negro Rio Frio boat tour.We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope we can welcome you back soon to our lovely paradise of the Costa Rican rainforest.
Written November 7, 2019
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