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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge: Tours & Tickets

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Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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 | La Fortuna, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Mango was our skipper. He has an amazing eye for all of the animals! We saw many species of birds, caiman, all 3 species of monkeys( howler, spider and white faced). He found 2 sloths sleeping in trees. I don't know how he spots the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 2817Traveler
Reviewed 3 September 2019

We paid $79 each for this trip through our hotel, which might sound expensive but it was excellent value for money. We were staying in Arenal so it was about a two-hour drive to get there but this included stopping for a sloth sighting thanks...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kite39
Reviewed 11 August 2019

The cruise we took in this refuge was part of a Caravan Tour, but from my understanding you can book a tour from La Fortuna. Sit on the same side as the captain as he is the one who does the spotting. We saw a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank KarenEph320
Reviewed 8 August 2019

The trip from our hotel in La Fortuna to Los Chiles was about 2hrs; unfortunately, we had the seats behind the driver which became a little cramped after an hour or so. We had a short stop for coffee in Los Chiles before boarding the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 August 2019

Started with a drive from Arenal to Los Chiles, a small village a few kilometers from the Nicaraguan border, the drive was fine, Costa Rica is a beautiful country and it’s nice to sit back and let someone else do the driving. We stopped along...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank wolfsbgk
Reviewed 2 July 2019

My family and I had a wonderful experience with an extremely knowledgeable tour guide (Diego) with a keen eye and had an amazing meal at a welcoming host family. We saw a wide variety of wildlife, including sloths, howler monkeys, basilisks, iguanas, baby crocs, and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank daven4travel
Reviewed 2 July 2019

Our guide and boat driver were excellent and very knowledable. The driver spotting many birds and animals. Got a great shot of the Jesus Walking on the Water due to the competency of the driver and guide. A delightful time on the river, even when...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Schipblack
Reviewed 18 June 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride. It is an all day excursion coming from La Fortuna but definitely worth it as you can enjoy the scenic drive along the way. We shared the boat with a few others but still had ample space to move...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Weebs0407
Reviewed 12 June 2019

You have to be lucky to see wildlife, because there are no guarantees about what you will see on any wildlife excursion. So we were incredibly lucky to witness some astonishing behaviour, that made made this a trip to remember. It was May 2019 and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank AdeandFi2018
Reviewed 9 June 2019

We did a boat trip as part of a tour. There was plenty of space on the boat so we could easily move around and switch sides to get a good view of everything. We saw masses of birds, many of which I'd never heard...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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.