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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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From Nicaraguan Border 3km, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
+506 8807 4954
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USD 96.00*
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Caño Negro by Boat
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USD 129.00*
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Day Trip to Cano Negro from Arenal
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USD 272.00*
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Canoe Experience at Río Frio and Caño Negro
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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From Nicaraguan Border 3km, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
+506 8807 4954
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great guide and boat captain. How they could see animals so far away and up high I don't know but they did. Saw 3 kinds of monkeys, sloths, bats, lizards and much more. Everything here is to be recommended.

1  Thank Moosen15
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This river boat cruise is so worth the trip! It was a long bus ride to get there, but along the way we made a few stops to see iguana, sloth, and birds. Once there we enjoyed a traditional lunch and then headed out on...More

1  Thank adela402
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Our guide, Gabriel, picked us up at the Hotel and made some stops along the way. We stopped to see Iguanas....different species, different colors and sizes. He pointed out different areas along the way to the Boat. We did a 2-3 hour boat tour and...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We drove more than an hour in our tour bus to take this boat tour. We passed through interesting narrow roads and bridges and our driver slowed down to point out crocodiles, turtles, and toucans. We walked to the dock and took the private boat....More

1  Thank 4historyandculture
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We did a 2-3 hour boat tour with an excellent guide from Jacamar Naturalist Tours, who artfully steered his way round the river pointing out and identifying lots of birds and animals. The caiman basking on banks and hiding at the water's edge were fabulous,...More

1  Thank Jo M
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Spent a wonderful 2 - 3 hours going slowly along the river looking for wildlife and we weren't disappointed. Saw Caimen hiding in the shallows, crocodiles including a mother watching over her babies in a nursery. Howler monkeys, racoons and loads of birds including kingfisher,...More

Thank maureenlogan
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This boat tour was operated by Canoe Aventura (booked by Red Lava Tours) and was really very good. From La Fortuna you drive about 2 hours to the Rio Frio in the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. We really had a very good guide, so we...More

1  Thank Piwi_185
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Our hotel staff told us about this all day riverboat safari tour - a day trip from La Fortuna to about 25mi from the Nicaraguan border. We were picked up at about 7am and dropped off around 3:30pm. We spent about 2 hours on the...More

Thank travel193
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We arranged a trip to Cano Negro with Canoa Aventura and were absolutely delighted with the experience. Our guide Pierre was superb, extremely knowledgeable, very personable and impressively multi-lingual. Many thanks to the driver who spotted a sloth (!) in the trees on our way...More

Thank Martyn_N_Sarah
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Xavier was a great guide on this shared excursion to Cano Negro near Los Chiles. On the boat trip we saw so many different birds, Jesus Christ Lizards, a sloth, howler monkeys and caiman to name just a few. Good lunch on the return trip...More

Thank NicolaW7
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russ h
11 December 2016|
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Response from Mr and Mrs P | Reviewed this property |
FYI I would not drive up and hope to find someone by chance since it is a bit of a drive. We called the actual Cano Negro Park and arranged a guide the day before. I tried repeatedly to call Paraiso Tropical but their phone... More
8 June 2016|
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Response from Gorsefighter | Reviewed this property |
I would check with the Los Chiles providers of the boat tours. And if you get no answer that way ,definitely ask when you pay for the trip.This is not something we tried on our tour, but some of the providers of tourist... More
8 June 2016|
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Response from Jan T | Reviewed this property |
It is partly dependent on the time of the year. In the dry season animals are concentrated in the river so changes to see them are better. We did do short boat trips like this in Borneo, Botswana, Peru and Galapagos, but in... More