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Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna provided by Aventuras Arenal

Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna

Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
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96% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Sightsee in Caño Negro without the stress of planning
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    10
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
See more of Costa Rica’s natural landscape without the stress of navigating on this convenient day trip to Caño Negro—hotel transport included. The itinerary features a river boat safari through a wildlife refuge known for its birds, monkeys, and lizards, which you can spot and learn about with the help of your guide. Round out the tour with a well-deserved lunch at a local restaurant.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • River boat cruise offers rare views of the natural landscape
  • Guide points out easy-to-miss plants and animals
  • Lunch, round-trip hotel transport, and entrance fees included
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • River boat cruise offers rare views of the natural landscape
  • Guide points out easy-to-miss plants and animals
  • Lunch, round-trip hotel transport, and entrance fees included
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21909P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • - Si su hotel no está en la lista, contáctenos (+506) 2479 9133 - Si su hotel no está en la lista, pueden aplicar cargos extra por transporte
  • Aventuras Arenal, 702, Barrio Pilo, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica White and blue building before the bridge ove the Habana river.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Binoculars and camera suggested
  • Sun lotion
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • - Si su hotel no está en la lista, contáctenos (+506) 2479 9133 - Si su hotel no está en la lista, pueden aplicar cargos extra por transporte
  • Aventuras Arenal, 702, Barrio Pilo, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica White and blue building before the bridge ove the Habana river.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Binoculars and camera suggested
  • Sun lotion
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Aventuras Arenal
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

5.0
28 reviews
Excellent
25
Very good
2
Average
1
Poor
0
Terrible
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Katheb123
Des Moines, IA138 contributions
Jan 2020
We were supposed to go to Rio Celeste or see the blue water at the waterfall but on our way our guide, Julio, received a call from the office stating that due to heavy rains the prior day the water was not blue but mud. He offered the group an opportunity to change the tour to Cano Negro instead. The group agreed so off we went.

We saw a ton of wildlife and the guides were outstanding at spotting things for us to see as well as explaining the history. While I was a little disappointed of not going to Rio Celeste to see the water, this was a fantastic tour.

I appreciate the company looking out for the guest and trying to offer us the best opportunity for our trip. There was a $100 each difference in the tour cost but I guess this was better than hiking 3 miles in mud to see mud!

Thanks Aventuras Arsenal for your professionalism and for our great guide Julio and drive Lily.
Written 16 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Katheb123 Thank you for your review of our tour. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and hope you will return for more days among the Rainforest. We hope next time you can visit Rio Celeste in a sunny day.
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Judi W
Orlando, FL292 contributions
Feb 2020
We were promptly picked up at our hotel. Our guide was Carlos and he did an excellent job. We had about a two hour ride in the van to the boat launch. Once wer were on the boat the tour lasted about 3 hours. The guides pointed out several birds, Howler Monkeys and also white faced monkeys. After the tour we stopped at a restaurant and had a delicious lunch of chicken and rice.
Written 9 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Laura C
7 contributions
Jan 2020
With so much to choose from, we were happy we went on the river criuse. Hosts were great, funny, informative about the eco challenges in the country - they provided lunch (rice, beans, salad, chicken, cold drinks, beer) and a fun two hour tour of the river. The boat has shade, and a great view of riverside birds, caimen, monkeys, iguanas. It rained, felt even more magical. Worth the trip if you want a chill day on the water.
Written 10 January 2020
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Dear compasspointswest Thank you so much for your fantastic review and taking the time to share your experience at Caño Negro -Rio Frio Boat Tour, We are looking forward to welcome you back .
Written 25 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gabriel S
Townsville, Queensland, Australia49 contributions
This is a well organised tour, you do have a 2 hour drive to get here but it is worth it. For us an added bonus was that it was sunny something we haven’t seen much of so far. We saw quite a few different bird species and a couple that are hard to find elsewhere like the potoo and grebe. The guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. The only thing I would have changed would be the time of day, I would have loved to have been there earlier but that would have meant a 5 am pick up which I don’t suppose many would be keen on. All in all a great day with a very nice lunch.
Written 24 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Gabriel Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a fantastic review. We were thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the tour, We are looking forward to welcome you again.
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jane S
Bath, UK50 contributions
We took this trip with Carlos as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. On the journey up to the Rio he stopped the van and set up his telescope so we could see a sloth by the road.

The journey from la Fortuna took a couple of hours. The boats were huge and there were only 2 small parties so it was very comfortable. We were lucky and saw howler, white faced and spider monkeys. We also saw a caiman, iguanas and a Jesus Christ lizard. There were so many birds. It really did feel like a good morning out. We were on the river for a couple of hours. Then we were given a really good typical lunch of rice beans and meat.

We were back in the hotel by 3 so it didn’t feel like all day at all.

Definitely worth doing.
Written 27 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
B9847HBjanes Thank you very much for your beautiful description of your tour experience . We're glad that you tought our staff were very nice. We appreciate all the nice things you said about your overall experience with the Caño Negro - Rio Frio Boat tour. If you ever have a chance, please let us know why you scored the tour with 3 stars instead of 5. We also really appreciate the constructive criticism as it provides us the opportunity to improve the experience we're able to offer to our clients.We are looking forward to welcome you once again.
Written 7 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elan_from_EC
Belmont, CA8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We booked our tour about a day in advance. We were picked up from our hotel by a van with our guide at 7:15. There we a total of eight people on the tour. The ride from La Fortuna to Cano Negro took almost two hours, with a brief stop near the end. The boat was waiting for us when arrived, a large boat with space for about 50 people, but we were only eight so there plenty of space to move around and see wildlife from any angle. Our guide was very knowledgable. He spoke good English, was friendly and humorous. The guide and the boat driver have a sharp eye for the wildlife. We got to see plenty of animals of every time you’d expect, monkeys, iguanas, birds, caymans, lizards, you name it. The Rio Frio was over its banks due to heavy rains in the previous days. The caymans were hard to spot with all the river banks submerged, but we did spot one. We enjoyed beautiful weather and a wonderful, very satisfying tour. On the way back we received a simple Costa Rican meal before heading back to our hotel. We were back by about 3pm. Overall, an excellent experience!
Written 9 December 2019
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Dear Elan_from_EC Thank you so much for your 'super' review of our experience in Caño Negro and Rio Frio Boat tour. We appreciate your wonderfull descriptions, especially about our outstanding team! We are looking forward to have you again .
Written 25 February 2020
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Grizz35
Comox, British Columbia20 contributions
Dec 2019
Was an amazing trip and our guide Carlos was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw lots of wildlife including sloths, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, jesus christ lizard and so much more. Well worth the time and money.
Written 6 December 2019
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Dear Grizz35 Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts of the Caño Negro and Rio Frio boat tour. We cannot wait to welcome you back.
Written 25 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

WorcesterMoray
Worcester943 contributions
Sep 2019
Trip on the river up to the Nicuraguan border was excellent. Lots of birds and caimens and lizards. Monkeys in the trees. Pleasant on the boat and plenty to spot.
Guide excellent. Well worth the journey from la Fortuna.
Written 29 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear WorcesterMoray Thank you very much for your review of our trip to Caño Negro Rio Frio boat tour.We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope we can welcome you back soon to our lovely paradise of the Costa Rican rainforest.
Written 7 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Edward K
Portsmouth, NH253 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
We made a last minute decision to book the trip due to rain in La Fortuna. There are lots of tour companies that offer the trip, but they all book you with Desafio. We were picked up at our hotel on time at 7:30am. It is a 2-2.5 hr ride. Our guide helped by sharing info on the culture, history, & other details of Costa Rican life. The company has a nice spot on Rio Frio. There was coffee & a snack before joining another group on the boat. Both tour guides were excellent & we were awed by the wildlife. Not sure we actually entered Cano Negro Park, but we saw plenty. After the boat ride, we were served a tasty lunch buffet. We guides made available the photos they took with a professional camera on Whatsapp. The return to our hotel seemed quicker.
In all, it was a worthwhile trip.
Written 15 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your fantastic review and taking the time to share your experience at Caño Negro -Rio Frio Boat Tour, We are looking forward to welcome you back .We will share your great comments with all the rest of the team.
Written 8 November 2019
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Brian G
Watford, United Kingdom36 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Our drive over to Cano Negro from La Fortuna took us through some beautiful countryside and we were lucky enough to find not only a tree full of Green Iguanas but also a pair of Sloths in a tree beside the road.
The river trip provided a feast of wild life: 3 species of Kingfisher, 4 species of Heron, Caymans, Howler and Capuchin monkeys, Great and Snowy Egrets.
Our Guide Octavio was very knowledgable and entertaining and the Captain, Herman, was excellent at spotting creatures and bringing the boat to a good vantage point.
Very good value for money
Written 14 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We love making sure our clients leave with a smile in their face at the end of every tour and we take great satisfaction in a job well done, this is why we encourage our team to go above and beyond. We appreciated the opportunity to welcome you and very much look forward to your return
Written 16 January 2019
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