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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna provided by Aventuras Arenal

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
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from $83.00 per adult
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
What to expect
Nature lovers will enjoy a day traveling along the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge--widely considered one of the most biologically diverse parts of Costa Rica. You'll see migratory birds, a variety of monkey species, lizards and more.  Your friendly driver will collect you from your hotel and transport you in air-conditioned comfort to Los Chiles, about 1.5 hours away. This dynamic village near the Nicaraguan border is the starting point for your river exploration. The 2.5-hour floating safari through topical rain forest is led by a professional bilingual guide who will point out colorful bird species, a variety of monkeys and other wildlife unique to the area. After seeing one of the nation's most biologically diverse environments, you'll settle in for a traditional lunch that includes local coffee, fresh fruit and natural juices at the Rio Frio Restaurant.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21909P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Bottled water • Lunch • Snacks • Beverages • Local taxes • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
8h
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
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Bottled water • Lunch • Snacks • Beverages • Local taxes • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Exclusions
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
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Infant seats available
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
Stroller accessible
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Itinerary
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    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
    Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
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5.0
28 reviews
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Judi W
Orlando, FL277 contributions
Fun Day and Good Boat Tour
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gabriel S
Townsville, Queensland, Australia49 contributions
Boat tour for birding
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, IA135 contributions
Great guides, wildlife, and company.
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
Great day on the river -
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
Menagerie of Animals
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
Excellent experience at Cano Negro
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
Boat tour
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WorcesterMoray
Worcester874 contributions
Excellent trip on the Rio Frio
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jane S
Bath, UK50 contributions
Nice trip!
We took this trip with Carlos as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. On the journey up to the Rio he stopped the van and set up his telescope so we could see a sloth by the road.

The journey from la Fortuna took a couple of hours. The boats were huge and there were only 2 small parties so it was very comfortable. We were lucky and saw howler, white faced and spider monkeys. We also saw a caiman, iguanas and a Jesus Christ lizard. There were so many birds. It really did feel like a good morning out. We were on the river for a couple of hours. Then we were given a really good typical lunch of rice beans and meat.

We were back in the hotel by 3 so it didn’t feel like all day at all.

Definitely worth doing.
Written July 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
B9847HBjanes Thank you very much for your beautiful description of your tour experience . We're glad that you tought our staff were very nice. We appreciate all the nice things you said about your overall experience with the Caño Negro - Rio Frio Boat tour. If you ever have a chance, please let us know why you scored the tour with 3 stars instead of 5. We also really appreciate the constructive criticism as it provides us the opportunity to improve the experience we're able to offer to our clients.We are looking forward to welcome you once again.
Written November 7, 2019
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Kate N
5 contributions
Wonderful trip, wonderful guide
Jul 2019 • Family
Had a brilliant trip up the Rio Frio with our guide, Gabriel. He was knowledgeable and a great communicator. We saw all sorts of wildlife. Monkeys, cayman, a basilisk and many different birds. Pick up was smooth and we were transferred to another van for a different part of our Costa Rica adventure. Our next driver, Rosbin, kept calm in a tricky situation involving the van, some mud, and a lot of pushing! We have found Arenal Adventures to be an excellent company.
Written July 19, 2019
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Dear 646katen Thank you so much for sharing your feedback of your overall experience at Rio Frio - Caño Negro Boat tour. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, including the service you received from our wonderful team members.We will share your comments with all our staff but specially with Gabriel and Rosbing.
Written November 7, 2019
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