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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3km from Nicaraguan border, 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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Wildlife everywhere, incredible beauty

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Luis Obispo, California
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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I, which Included my adult niece and son (not an option for type of visit) had the misfortune of taking the Cano Negro tour from Arenal. We made the decision based on the hotel recommendation and description, which said that it as one of the best nature tours with breakfast, lunch, and 4 total hours of travel.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By far, our day at Cano Negro was the highlight of our trip. We were fortunate to be with a smaller, 8-person group and had the who,e boat to ourselves so we could move around and see everything! We saw both 2-toed and 3-toed sloths, mantled howler monkeys and white headed capuchin monkeys, many birds, bats, lizards and cayman.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

On a two-hour boat journey on the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro Wilderness Refuge, we saw caimans, anhinga, red winged blackbirds, kingfishers, ibises, herons, howler and spider monkeys, sloths, bats, ducks, Jesus lizards , and others. We went with Canoa Adventura and had the stretch of river we were on pretty much to ourselves. Our guide Seyris was excellent.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

It took over two hours to get to the river, followed by another couple hours on the boat. most of that time the boat was stopped while we watched a few birds and monkeys sleep in the trees and some cayman on the banks. at midday the animals are not active. fortunately, there was only our party of nine on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Our river guides were knowledgeable about the local birds and wildlife and spoke excellent English. Our guides were also familiar with the history of CR and the differences with Nicaragua and took us to the border marking between the two countries. We had lunch after our tour. The food was good, plentiful and varied.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

This is one more "a must" for Arenal visitors. It takes a whole day but you can get a good deal for $ 55 includes lunch, visit to the river and bus. We saw all 3 kinds of monkeys, also a rare ant eater and lot of birds, lot of alligators.

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