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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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From Nicaraguan Border 3km | La Fortuna, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was AMAZING. We took a private tour (CAÑO NEGRO ECOSAFARI) on a raft - highly recommend this tour over the tours with boats that take 20-35 people. We saw sloth, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguana, Jesus Christ Lizard and Jesus Christ...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Caño Negro and stayed in Hotel de Campo, which offered us a tour of the reserve. We are so glad we did it. Our guide was not only knowledgeable, but he was spotting so many birds and animals that we otherwise would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ceps103
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spotting animals lasts three hours with the boat and half an hour arround lunch. We saw more than twenty species: kingfishers, harons, igerets, lizards, caymans, sloth. But I was surprised with awesome scenary (landscape)!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank marijansesvete
Reviewed December 17, 2018

This took about 1 hr. 45 minutes from La Fortuna. We went with Aventuras Arenal and they were great. Roy was our guide and he was excellent. Our boat driver was Roy and he located many birds, monkeys, caimans and other animals we wouldn't have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jen R
Reviewed December 6, 2018

WHO: Caravan Tour RX81110 WHAT (PROS): - cruise on the Rio Frio - SO much wildlife to see - makes you feel like you're in a nature documentary

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lorraine_sarah
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

I took a day tour here. There was a total of three people on the tour so it was small and personal. Once on the boat we spent time photographing the extremely rare orange howler monkey which there are only 3 documented in Costa Rica....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jmccoy2008
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We did this tour about two or three hours ,felt like 5 minutes it was so engrossing ,spotting incredible birds fantastic monkeys and sloths all in no more than 800 yards.the river guides are brilliant and make the tour talking to you about each animal....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sammy509
Reviewed September 5, 2018

This is a wonderful day. Following tripadvisor recommendations, we booked ahead with Jacamar (go right to their website, but you will find you make your booking under the auspices of ArenalTours). One important advantage of this is that you go in a small boat (there...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank bizbo98
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Mango, our boat driver, has a real eye for spotting wildlife and we managed to see howler monkies, sloths, whitefaced monkies, caymans, bats and countless birds all up close without it feeling intrusive. Such a lovely quiet day on the river.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MilCyc
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Wow, what a great experience. We saw so many wonderful animals, birds, wildlife, trees, plants, monkeys, sloths, snakes, iguana, caimans, etc. Highly recommend this trip, well worth seeing!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elizabeth B
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November 5, 2018|
Response from DesertBirder | Reviewed this property |
I think that you must be referring to the Alligator Gar as one of the most ancient fish species, and some very large ones have been taken from the Rio Frio in or near the wildlife refuge. There are also Snook and Tarpon, in... More
October 19, 2018|
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Response from hermosabeach1 | Reviewed this property |
If you are adventurous, just drive to Cano Negro...its about an hour drive off the main road through farmland. The road is gravel and dirt. Use the WAZE APP and head straight into town. The road basically ends at the... More
December 14, 2017|
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Response from BRDchelseafans | Reviewed this property |
not at all, unless it is raining.