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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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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, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1  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
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Definitely get the guides and take the riverboat tour. They'll not only find animals you'd never see, they can tell you all about them. It's a bit of a trek from Fortuna, but they will stop along the way to see animals along the way.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AaronCammarata
Reviewed August 21, 2018

We drove to Cano Negro Wildlife from La Fortuna where we were staying. It was a very pleasant drive along the foothills of volcano, open fields...when we reached Cano Negro we found locals with boats to tour you around the Refuge for a very reasonable...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Priyanka d
Reviewed August 14, 2018

May 2017 was my initial visit to this National Wildlife Refuge which includes freshwater habitats that are rare in Costa Rica--extensive marshes. Realistically, the only way to experience this refuge is by boat and the pilot for both of my visits, Alonso, was excellent. His...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank DesertBirder
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Our Gate1 trip to Costa Rica, featured an optional trip via bus from Arenal, La Fortuna to venture near the Nicaraguan border and cruise through the extraordinary wetlands of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge on this half-day tour from La Fortuna. As you float down...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Supro G
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Steve A
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.