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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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank jmccoy2008
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Sammy509
Reviewed 5 September 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

1  Thank bizbo98
Reviewed 29 August 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.

Thank MilCyc
Reviewed 28 August 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!

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank AaronCammarata
Reviewed 21 August 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

1  Thank Priyanka d
Reviewed 14 August 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

1  Thank DesertBirder
Reviewed 10 August 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

Thank Supro G
Reviewed 22 July 2018

My wife and I have a second home in Playa Jaco and have been traveling to Costa Rica for over 10 years exploring different parts of the country each visit. We stayed at the Rio Celeste Mountain Lodge on volcano Tenorio. We took the 1...More

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Steve A
6 November 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
19 October 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
15 December 2017|
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Response from BRDchelseafans | Reviewed this property |
not at all, unless it is raining.