Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve

Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve

On this tour you’ll take a boat down the Frío River and explore the wetlands of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, located just a few miles south of the Nicaraguan border.

Featured in:Boat Tours, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Rio Frio
8 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
7:30 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

This isolated refuge has an incredible diversity of wildlife. Bring your binoculars and see how many of the 350 species of birds found in the area you can spot. These species include storks, roseate spoonbills, herons, snakebirds, and cormorants.

Your guide will explain how these animals fit into the wetland ecosystem. In the shallows you might see a caimans and turtles. Monkeys and sloths sometimes gather in the trees near the banks of the river. There is a lizard in this area called the Jesus Christ lizard, known for its ability to walk on the water.

During this 8-hour tour your guide will provide bottled water and snacks. Eventually you’ll take a break and partake in a typical Costa Rican lunch.

Attractions Visited

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Just miles from the Nicaraguan border lays a phenomenal bird-watching and natural sightseeing heaven. Situated in the Northern Lowland plains is 25,000 acres (10,000 ha) of wetlands, rainforest and swampland that make up the Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cano Negro).

Read more:Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Rio Frio

Stretching across northwestern Costa Rica and into Nicaragua is the calm Río Frío. The most visited portion of the river is certainly the section that goes through the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, a great destination for river safaris and wildlife viewing.

Read more:Rio Frio

What to Bring

Light clothing, comfortable shoes, bug repellent, sun block, a camera, and binoculars.

What's included

Professional guide, transportation, boat ride, snacks, lunch and drinks.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

This was a great tour where we saw an abundance of birds, not found on a jungle trail. This guide was fantastic! He was not from Rainforest Explorers, but it was also a great tour company. Their lunch was super!

- DIDIER(DJ) , APR 2021

Billy did a great job pointing out the wild life

- CLAIRE B, JAN 2020

This tour was lovely, we really enjoyed the small group and both our guide and our boat captain were really knowledgeable and great at spotting wildlife. The food was not as good as the other tours we did, but still nice.

- ERIN D, NOV 2019
On this tour you’ll take a boat down the Frío River and explore the wetlands of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, located just a few miles south of the Nicaraguan border.Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve507
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