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

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna

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This well-rounded tour is the perfect way for nature lovers to experience the best of Costa Rica's outdoor beauty. Enjoy a scenic boated on the Rio Frio with departure near the border of Nicaragua. Cruise through the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and see the incredible biodiversity that makes this nation to unique. You'll have up close encounters with birds, snakes, herons and other animals, as well as various species of monkeys and sloths.
  • Day Trip to Caño Negro
  • Experience one of the nation's most biologically diverse wildlife reserves
  • Spend a day having up close encounters with nature
  • Enjoy expert commentary from a professional guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport and lunch included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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- Si su hotel no está en la lista, pueden aplicar cargos extra por transporte

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Nature lovers will enjoy a day traveling along the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge--widely considered one of the most biologically diverse parts of Costa Rica. You'll see migratory birds, a variety of monkey species, lizards and more. 

Your friendly driver will collect you from your hotel and transport you in air-conditioned comfort to Los Chiles, about 1.5 hours away. This dynamic village near the Nicaraguan border is the starting point for your river exploration. The 2.5-hour floating safari through topical rain forest is led by a professional bilingual guide who will point out colorful bird species, a variety of monkeys and other wildlife unique to the area. After seeing one of the nation's most biologically diverse environments, you'll settle in for a traditional lunch that includes local coffee, fresh fruit and natural juices at the Rio Frio Restaurant.
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna
Duration: 8 hours 
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  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arenal Adventures / Aventuras Arenal

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Day Trip to Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience from La Fortuna?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Highly recommend this excursion.
, Apr 2021
Nestor and Chili (I hope my memory has that correct) were great guides and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna but more importantly made the trip personable and rewarding. Definitely recommend going with them to Caño Negro if you want to see species you only get to see here.
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Kids friendly
, Apr 2021
Lovely trip , very relaxing and our guide Javier was amazing . Highly recommended after long hikes .
Don’t miss this trip.
, Mar 2021
Our guide, Roy, was so knowledgeable about all of the animals & birds, plants, trees, etc , that we saw. He also educated us about the Costa Rican people & way of life. I feel like I have been to Costa Rica now rather than just passing through.
Best tour in Costa Rica
, Mar 2020
This was the most amazing trip we did better than Tortuguero the guild and driver were amazing we saw so much loved it
Three of us booked this trip as our...
percy t
, Feb 2018
Three of us booked this trip as our final day outing adventure in Costa Rica. Because we were staying at a VRBO, we asked the tour company Arenal Adventures to pick us up at the Arenal Country Inn, a 500 meter walk from our rental. They were right on time, with a large tour bus that was 75 full so, room for us to stretch out. The tour description is pretty clear that you have a 90 minute bus ride to the los banos and coffee break stop, with that same 90 minutes back. Our tour guide was fluent in English and had a nice 20 minute talk with jokes. There's a restaurant along the way that usually has dozens of large iguanas in the trees, and he pointed them out as well. All the Rio Frio tour boats take off from one dock area and head upstream for a few miles at a slow pace. The boats are covered with easy access though you need to be able to handle a half dozen steep and sometimes wet steps. The amount of wildlife is fantastic, and our guide was first rate in spotting and sharing with us. Most of the animals are used to the tour boats, so we could come within a few meters of the banks and the trees and hang out watching monkeys, caimans the local alligator, herons, kingfishers, more iguanas, basilisks and sloths. Although there were half a dozen tour boats operating, they all had a system to stay far away from each other while still getting plenty of wildlife viewing in. After the two hour cruise, we had a nice almuerza de Tico, with arroz con pollo y frios. Overall, one of our less aerobic outings, but a nice way to end our trip.
This was ok if u need a relaxed type...
, Aug 2016
This was ok if u need a relaxed type of tour after a high intensity one. The cruise was nice and our tour guide Victor pointed out lots of birds and animals. I recommend that you take a high powered DSL camera with zoom lens to be able to take pictures of the animals, they are so far up in the trees
Excellent tour. Our guide, Victor...
Catherine H
, Feb 2016
Excellent tour. Our guide, Victor, as well as the bus driver and boat driver were fantastic at spotting wildlife mainly birds, but also bats, reptiles and monkeys. I would highly recommend this tour.

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