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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by canoe
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by canoe

This natural reserve is located in the North of the country, on the border with Nicaragua. It can be reached within about 1.5 hours drive from La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano. The main attraction of this reserve of about 9600 hectares is the Caño Negro Lake (about 800 hectares) on which boat tours for wildlife observations are offered. Next to a huge variety of aquatic birds, also turtles, otters and numerous caimans can be spotted.
Caño Negro is one of the most important wetland areas in the Tropics. Boat tours are offered on site from Los Chiles (a small, tranquil village with about 8500 inhabitants) or from La Fortuna (including roundtrip transportation).


Scenic canoe trips to Caño Negro are offered by Canoa Aventura from/to
La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, e.g.:

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Canoe: Tricolored heron trip - 1 day
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frio are some of the most biologically diverse wetland areas in Costa Rica and some of the richest wildlife viewing and birding sites on this continent.
This trip is a great variation from the normal Caño Negro day trip. Explore the refuge by canoe, and then paddle our canoes down the Rio Frio or Rio los patos. The tour starts at 6:30am for the two hour drive to just inside the national refuge, from where we paddle. If you only have one day, and want to see a wide range of wildlife, this trip is a favorite. We return to Fortuna by 6:30 pm. River lunch included.

Provided on all canoe trips: bilingual naturalist guide (english-spanish); a tandem canoe; PFD (lifejacket); personal dry bag for your camera, extra clothing, and other things that must stay dry; canoe and necessary paddling equipment; transportation from Arenal area hotels if desired; and snacks and drinks. See individual trips for any meals or lodging that may also be included.
What to bring: There are several places to swim, so remember to bring your bathing suit, light clothing/shorts, tennis shoes or sandals, sunscreen, hat, water, and especially your binoculars or camera.

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