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Caño Negro Wildlife Area Boat Tour

Caño Negro Wildlife Area Boat Tour – On an average day, you can expect to see 40 species of birds, sloth’s, three types of monkeys, caimans, ”Jesus Christ” lizards, bats, turtles, and iguanas!

Sloth In Costa RicaCaño Negro Wildlife Area by Boat

On an average day, you can expect to see 40 species of birds, sloth’s, three types of monkeys, caimans, ”Jesus Christ” lizards, bats, turtles, and iguanas! Located near the small town of Los Chiles, it’s 3 miles from the Nicaraguan border. The tour begins with a 90 minute drive in our air-conditioned bus through some of Costa Rica’s richest farmland. Following a 15-minute break in Los Chiles, you’ll board a comfortable covered boat on the Rio Frio area where you and your guide will enjoy 2.5 to 3 hours through the Rio Frio and Caño Negro area to get up close glimpses of many animals. Tour includes lunch.


The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge together with Rio Frio is a biologically humid area, one of Costa Rica’s richest areas of biological diversity. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds, three different species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles, and caimans.

The tour starts from the Arenal Volcano area at 7: 30 a.m. We will pick up all Nature Lovers from their hotels in a comfortable bus. It is a 1-½ hour drive to Los Chiles, a culturally mixed village that sits only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border. Here, the boat awaits our river adventure. The tour consists of a 4-hour floating safari through tropical rainforest, pastures, and marsh.  An experienced bilingual (Spanish-English) guide will lead the tour, and we will bring you back to the hotels about 4 to 4:30 pm.

Some birds are residents in the area, and it is possible to see hundreds of them, especially during the dry season.  There are Anhingas or Snake-birds (Anhinga anhinga), Wood Storks (Mycteria americana), and Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja). It is possible to see the Spoonbills in small groups eating from the river surroundings. Jabirus (Jabiru mycteria) is the largest bird in Central America and very endangered. It can also be found in the Cano Negro area. The Olivaceous Cormorant (Palacrocorax olivaceus) makes its nest in Cano Negro, and it is the most populus bird in the refuge. Finally, Caño Negro has the largest colony of cormorants in all of Costa Rica.

Along the river, we can see howler monkeys (Alouata palliata), spider monkeys (Ateles geoffrogi), white-faced monkeys (Cebus capuccinus), three-toed sloth (Bradipus variegatus), reptiles such as the caimans (Caiman crocodilos), turtles, and Jesus Christ lizards (Basiliscus basiliscus) that walk on water!

Toucan In Costa RicaIncludes

  • RT Transportation From/To your Arenal or Fortuna area Hotels. There is an additional charge for hotels outside La Fortuna area
  • Schedule: You are picked up at your hotel after an early breakfast, You return around 4:00 pm
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Bilingual certified guides
  • Cold drinks
  • Lunch

Tour Info      

Duration Full Day tour
·         Rates: $85 Per Adult, Call for Child Rate ages 6 to 11   – Minimum of 2 persons – Rates Valid Until Dec 15, 2017
·         Non-Private Transportation may stop at multiple hotels before or after your pickup and drop-off times.
·         Tour Schedule: Daily Departures

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Long pants
  • Rain Gear ( just in case)
  • Sun screen
  • Repellent
  • Camera or binoculars (if you choose)

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Cano Negro Wildlife Area Boat Tour Costa Rica


Bill Beard

Bill Beard is the true pioneer of scuba diving in Costa Rica, started diving from dug out canoes in 1970. Bill Beard's Travel specializes in individual, group, honeymoon, family vacation packages, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and adventure tours. Our attention to detail defines us.