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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Address: From Nicaraguan Border 3km, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely humid park...

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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$96*
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Caño Negro by Boat
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$143*
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Canoe Experience at Río Frio and Caño Negro
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$75*
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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna

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Awesome boat tour seeing animals the only way they should be observed.

We took an awesome boat tour and were able to see a variety of animals close up. We saw white face monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, caiman crocodiles, jesus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Eric E
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took an awesome boat tour and were able to see a variety of animals close up. We saw white face monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, caiman crocodiles, jesus lizards, long nosed bats, and a number of different birds. Our guides did a tremendous job locating each animal and giving detailed information on each one. This is definitely the... More 

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like to see wildlife and don't mind a little moisture, this is a fantastic place. We took a day trip from La Fortuna and while the drive was dull, once we got on the boat, the trip was worthwhile. We saw three types of monkeys (howler, spider, and white-faced), caimans, and zillions of birds (vultures, egrets, spoonbills, kingfishers,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for wildlife and nature. Would definitely go back here. Whether you drive your self or take a package tour is a matter of convenience. The road is very good except for the last 15 km, which is dirt and gravel - don't be told other wise. Kids loved it.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the boat tour down the Rio Frio and were amazed with all of the wildlife we saw. We saw caiman, sloths, and 3 kinds of monkeys, as well as bats, birds, butterflies, and the Jesus Christ lizard. We enjoyed the tour out of La Fortuna. We had a typical Costa Rican lunch included and our guides were very... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry, but it is a waste of time... First hour you travel to pick up other participants. You travel for 2 hours to see few monkeys, birds and small cayman. Our instructor was knowledgable. Food was ok. And 2 hours back... And 1 hour to drop off... Bottom line - big hassle for nothing...

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going on a wildlife tour is always a surprise - you never know if or when you will see something. This refuge is home to a variety of animals and we were lucky to see many birds and monkeys in the trees and even some bats. Being on a boat gives you a different perspective than hiking through the forest... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a day trip to Cañon Negro from La Fortuna to take a boat tour. Having been to 5 other national parks in Costa Rica, I thought your time here was truly memorable and amazing. We had the best wildlife viewing of any tour or excursion we had - monkeys, sloths, many birds, a crocodile. The black canals that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This was one of our favorite places to visit during our two weeks in Costa Rica. We decided to be truly adventurous and drive ourselves to Cano Negro from La Fortuna. Yes, it took a couple of hours. The road itself near the refuge is rough! You MUST have an SUV if you try to do this. We saw so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

From the moment we were pick up at our hotel our guide was very friendly and informative. We stopped by a restaurant and saw iguanas which were really neat resting all over the tree. We proceeded to the boat to go one our tour. The boat was very nice! The captain was also very helpful in finding wildlife as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We were picked up by Manuel who was an amazing driver and tour guide! The drive is long but one the way our tour guide was telling us about the pineapple fields, rice fields, stopped to point out monkeys he spotted and other wonderful sightings and info about the land. We made a pit stop at a souvenir shop that... More 

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