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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Day Trip from Arenal
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Owner description: Located in the north central part of the country, this extremely humid park contains the wintering grounds of thousands of migrant birds.
Reviewed February 6, 2013

After a gruelling drive from Arenal to Guatuso on the worst 27kms. of gravel road i've ever driven on we hit pavement for a while, before another 25kms. of dusty gravel road to get to Canas Negro. It was all worth it though as the wildlife was amazing and our guide also! Marlon was a pro at his job and could spot things that were totally blended in with the surroundings. We had trouble seeing what he was showing us until we were almost on top of them. He drove the boat very slowly so as not to disturb the wildlife which helped us see a lot more than the less experienced guides that were doing high-speed touring and missing most of the creatures. Not to mention the disturbing of our viewing pleasure. The photo ops are plentiful so take an empty card in your digital camera.

Thank Guy B
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Wow, we had a great time on this trip. Both our guide and boat driver were very enthusiastic and you could tell they loved their jobs. We saw so many bird species, 3 speciesof monkies including Blondie, a river otter, and a few caymens. We stopped at the border of Costa Rica & Nicaragua to take a few pictures. Everyone on our trip had a great time. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone near the area. Don't forget to give your tour gide a tip.

Thank chinasonvacation
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We started out early in the morning.
Our ride (Aventuras Arenal) was going to pick us up at 7:00 a.m. at our hotel, "Arenal Kioro Resort". We ate breakfast and we were gone, after stopping a few times, in order to pick up other people at different resorts in the area.
A long stretch of road was ahead of us, actually all the way to the Nicaraguan border, where our boat was waiting to take us on a tour into the northern Costa Rica wetlands of Cano Negro and Rio Frio. We were asked, therefore, to be traveling with our original passports.
Also, we were recommended to have sun-screen, bug-repellent, long pants and a hat. Binoculars and photography equipment was, of course, a must have on such occasions.
The road-journey ended up being fascinating and interesting in order to take in the true face of that part of Costa Rica, intent in its daily chores, colorful, traditional.
We made a pit stop in Florencia de San Carlos, where we had a chance to see huge iguanas from the bridge overlooking a protected area where these "lagartos" abound. Took a few shots of them, bought a couple nice souvenirs and we were on the road again.
Once we boarded our river-transportation, our guide Gilbert (Aventuras Arenal) showed us plenty of animals and plants along the banks, and in the water. Howler, White-faced Capuchin monkeys playing and eating leaves on high trees, Three-toed Sloths, Long-nosed Baths hanging upside down in rows on a tree-trunk, aquatic birds of all kinds, from Boat-billed to Blue Herons, and kingfishers, storks, other colorful birds like Toucans and Toucanets, Tanagers and Honeycreepers, and a Potoo standing straight atop an upright dead tree-trunk, almost invisible, if not for the keen, trained eye of our guides.
Then came the reptiles: more iguanas, lizards like the Green Basilisk who runs on water if in danger, and Spectacled Caimans of all sizes, basking in the sun on logs, some with open snouts in order to re-balance body temperature.
Butterflies and Dragonflies everywhere. Mosquitos were too, but the repellent we all had on us kept them at bay.
We also saw some huge trees here and there, primary forest left over after the ban to harvest them came into force. We were shown several different kinds of precious hard-wood trees, now highly protected. We were told by the guides that Cano Negro is teeming with fish of considerable sizes too.
After working up a good appetite, we were taken to a traditional restaurant in Los Chiles, "Arenal Azul" for a very tasty and abundant lunch, where we could unwind a bit and also buy some more souvenirs. When you shop in such places, out of the commonly traveled touristic roads, you'll find that the prices are really great.
The trip back was rather relaxing, with us all half-asleep, and some of us still having in our souls and eyes the visions of such a beautiful and special day.
(Sorry, as the pictures taken at "Arenal Kioro Resort" these too bear the wrong date. The real date was: 22 November 2012)

3  Thank Francesca Giova... P
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

It's nice scenary and lots of birds in wild. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back here though. There isn't much to do in this area other than the wildlife refuge.

Thank sheets78
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I visited the Caño Negro area many times and every time again I´m impressed how many birds and animals you can see in about a three hour tour. You can see a lot of Kingfishers and the big waterbirds. Most of the time you can see the three species of monkees: the howlers and of course Blondie, the whiteface monkees and the spidermonkees. Take a tour at 06 am and enjoy the sound of nature along the river.

Thank Jan B
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