Caño Negro Eco Safari

Caño Negro Eco Safari

The Caño Negro is the most scenic part of the Río Frío, flowing through wetlands that teem with fascinating species. This tour takes place in a boat with an electromotor, which allows the boat to make its way down the river in silence, optimizing your chances of seeing lots of wildlife. Your guide will be happy to help you get as close as possible to the animals for the chance to take stunning pictures.

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9 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
7:30 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

Your tour begins with a pickup from your La Fortuna Hotel. As you drive the 1.5 hours to the setting off point, you’ll pass farms that grow typical Costa Rican crops like plantain, yucca, and papaya. You’ll arrive at the El Caiman restaurant, where you’ll meet your boat and set off on a 2.5-hour adventure down the river. After the tour, you’ll stop at the restaurant for a typical Costa Rican lunch before you begin your return journey.

During the river tour, you can keep a lookout for animals like Jesus Christ lizards, which are so named for their ability to walk on their hind legs across the surface of the water. Besides these fascinating reptiles, this is also an excellent place for bird watching. The trees near the banks of the river make popular places for monkeys to chatter, and iguanas and caimans loll on the banks and bats hang from nearby branches. Your guides will be able to provide interesting, educational tidbits about this area’s native species — feel free to ask questions along the way.

Attraction Visited

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.

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Traveler Comments

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- JOHN C, FEB 2020

The very best, saw so much wild life!

- JUDY N, MAY 2019
The Caño Negro is the most scenic part of the Río Frío, flowing through wetlands that teem with fascinating species.Caño Negro Eco Safari 15
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