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Unique Caño Negro
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Unique Caño Negro

By Canoa Aventura
Recommended by 97% of travelers
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Discover the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica on a boat ride through Caño Negro and the Rio Frio. Traveling by boat enables you to get up-close views of monkeys, iguanas, egrets, herons, and an array of other wildlife. Along the way, a guide points out animals you might otherwise overlook and shares information about your surroundings.
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₱4,344.13
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₱4,344.13
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Ages 0-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 9h
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English, Spanish
Features animals

Highlights
  • Explore Caño Negro on a boat tour
  • Learn about the region's agriculture on your drive to the river
  • Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch after the boat ride
  • The tour includes hassle-free round-trip transportation from your La Fortuna hotel

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Professional Driver/guide
  • Transportation - For more information look at this option ¨Pickup information¨
  • Entry/Admission - Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
What's not included
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick Up time will depend on the Hotel location. If your Hotel is not listed, please contact us!
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21249P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off is included if hotel location is between La Fortuna and Hotel Tabacón on Route 142, otherwise extra charges apply depending on hotel location.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Unique Caño Negro?
Unique Caño Negro price starts from ₱4,245.00. Discover and book Unique Caño Negro on Tripadvisor
What is the Unique Caño Negro cancellation policy?
Unique Caño Negro cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Unique Caño Negro on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Unique Caño Negro?
Unique Caño Negro is hosted by Canoa Aventura. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Canoa Aventura on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Unique Caño Negro on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Unique Caño Negro?
On average, this experience will take approximately 9h. Discover and book Unique Caño Negro on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21249P1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 9 hours - Admission included
    Our tour starts in La Fortuna at 7:30 am. On the way to Caño Negro you will have the opportunity to learn about numerous agricultural plantations of Costa Rica such as yucca, papaya, pineapple, sugar cane and oranges. Then we will arrive at the "El Caiman" restaurant, where we will enjoy a welcome drink and snack, before the boat tour on the "Rio Frio" river. Here we will have 2.5 hours to see egrets, herons, monkeys, caimans, iguanas, bats and a variety of flora. An excellent Costa Rican typical meal will be waiting for us, back at El Caiman Restaurant and while we have lunch, we can talk about the unforgettable experiences on the river.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Travelingdadof3kids
Travelingdadof3kids
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Family rafting
Fantastic experience. Guides were fantastic. Even got incredible photos! Fauricio was one of our guides and he was
723gordonl
723gordonl
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Absolutely Terrible!
We were picked up at 2:40 p.m. for this tour & the guide started by saying it was very late & we had to finish the
emmy677
emmy677
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Magical & Unforgettable Tour
The Lake Arenal kayaking excursion was a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Starting from pick-up, our guide Mart
travelwhenIcan67
travelwhenIcan67
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Great kayak trip option!
We did the afternoon (2pm) tour. Weather was excellent, no bugs, saw monkeys, howler monkeys, a sloth, crocodiles
julesd7
julesd7
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Wonderful day
We did the hanging bridges and waterfall tour with lunch today. Our guide was excellent. Rebecca did a fabulous jo
dovp2018
dovp2018
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Perfect start to a Costa Rica visit
Perfect and relaxing to start a Costa Rica visit. After a water trip we got extra meal, sweet drink and tasty choco
Pam R
Pam R
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Great low effort nature activity
Our half day float tour was fantastic. Perfect for those wanting sightseeing requiring limited effort/mobility. O
Per B
Per B
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Rushed tour without love for nature
We took the combo of hanging bridges and waterfall, and while these may be nice destonations, we were not too pleas
695harriet
695harriet
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Bad experience - Not worth the money
We took the hanging bridges & waterfall tour and can not recommend. The pick up arrived >15min late and the group w
chris z
chris z
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Wonderful experience
This was so relaxing then some smaller rapids to make it exciting. Saw lots of wildlife and learned so much from ou
ShantiVL
ShantiVL
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Very relaxing and quit tour! I like it!
Very relaxing tour. Beautiful nature. Very quiet and relaxing. So if you want something more active it’s not for yo
besharpie
besharpie
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Beautiful Waterfall and Fun Little Hike
Our first tour with Canoa Aventura was to hike Arenal 1968 then to the La Fortuna Waterfall including lunch in-betw
besharpie
besharpie
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Great Way to Start Our Costa Rica Vacation
Our first tour with Canoa Aventura was to hike Arenal 1968. Arenal 1968 are trails at the base of Volcano Arenal.
besharpie
besharpie
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Great Experience - Tons of Wildlife
This was our second tour with Canoa Aventura. It was a wonderful chance to see a ton of wildlife. Our guides were
Lucybelle1
Lucybelle1
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Nice trip with a great guide!
We had an afternoon off and decided to take this excursion as we thought it would be better than going to the hot s
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Thrillho_UK
60 contributions
Feb 2022
The only negative about this activity is that it is a 2 hour minibus trip each way to actually get to Cana Negro, but it is definitely worth it.

Our guide was Gustavo who was extremely knowledgeable, great at spotting the animals, and very enthusiastic. We did plenty of hikes and boat trips to see the wildlife whilst in Costa Rica but in this trip we saw by far and away the most diversity and number of animals.

We saw Howler monkeys, Capuchins, and Spider monkeys, all very close. Caimans, including baby Caimans. Turtles. Loads of different birds including different types of kingfishers, wading birds, and flycatchers. Iguanas and lizards. Bats. There is even an orange (due to some rare mutation) Howler monkey that can often be seen however we weren't able to find it on our day. They make sure the boat stays still in the best spot when there is something to see so there is plenty of time to get pictures/see with binoculars.

After ~2 hours on the boat there is a stop for lunch in the small restaurant just for people on the tour. There is only 2 choices for food I think; we had the 'typical' food (rice, beans, chicken) which was excellently cooked and some of the best typical food we ate.
Written 3 March 2022
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Canoa-Aventura
Thank you so much for joining us in our Unique Caño Negro Tour. This wetland is located 2 hours driving from La Fortuna, but worth it! is the second most important in the country! with dense wildlife and an amazing scenario. We hope to see you back again soon!
Written 14 March 2022
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Misty S
Gig Harbor, WA13 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Got picked up from our hotel, driven 2 hours to the river where we had fresh fruit and beverages before boarding the boat. Our tour guides Joe and Jorge were fantastic at pointing out wildlife an ensuring everyone on the boat could see the animals. Lunch was provided back on shore and then we walked to a neighboring farm to try sugar cane, coffee and moon shine before being taken back to our hotel. I highly recommend this trip if you want to see wild animals in there natural habitat.
Written 24 December 2021
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Canoa-Aventura
thank you so much for joining us!. Our Caño Negro Tour is a unique experience that looks to connect visitors with nature, wildlife, and the beauty of Costa Rica. Caño Negro is one of the most important wetlands in the country, that houses dense biodiversity, and is sure to be the highlight of nature experiences in Costa Rica. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!.
Written 10 January 2022
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Chad G
Decatur, GA11 contributions
We had a wonderful boat tour in Caño Negro with our tour guide, Carlos. First, he made the hour and a half ride to the river enjoyable with lots of information about Costa Rica, local food, agriculture, and just culture in general.

The boat trip down the Rio Frio was great. We saw a lot of different birds, but the highlight for us was all the different monkeys we saw, including howlers, spiders, and the white headed capuchins. Cesar, a rare red-haired howler monkey, also put on quite a show for us. Tip: be sure to bring some binoculars.

After the boat tour we had a really delicious lunch and then drove a short distance to learn about how sugar cane is refined. We also got a taste of local coffee and chocolate from Domingo.

What made the trip truly unique and a lot fun was Carlos's excitement when he found a new bird or monkey and got to tell us about them. Even our 16-year-old said he had fun, and that doesn't happen very often. Our family highly recommends this tour.
Written 21 July 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind comment, we are very pleased to have made this tour with your presence. Thank you for choosing us and being part of your vacation.
Written 30 August 2022
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Jessica M
Saratoga Springs, NY149 contributions
Mar 2022
This tour was fabulous. My husband and I always love a day on a boat out on the water but this was even better because of all the wildlife we saw. We were able to see Caimans, Howlers, White Faced Capuchins, Spider Monkeys, Iguanas, Lizards-including the Basilisk Lizard, Turtles, bats, and many birds. We were able to witness a White Faced Capuchin eating a Basilisk. Our driver Max was great at spotting everything and our guide Kojak was very knowledgeable and helped people see the different wildlife. We would highly recommend this trip!
Written 19 March 2022
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Canoa-Aventura
Hi, Jessica: We would like to THANK YOU for joining us!. Our Unique Caño Negro Tour is a customized adventure that Canoa Aventura runs in a private section to ensure our travelers a customized experience, and some added values such as "El Corral" that you can´t miss. We hope to see you back again soon!. Pura Vida!. Canoa Aventura Team
Written 22 March 2022
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allendbi
Bainbridge Island, WA85 contributions
May 2022
Folks, if you are in northern Costa Rica near La Fortuna, do not miss this tour. We have done many wildlife viewing tours and hikes over the years, and this was our best ever! There is diverse and amazing wildlife almost everywhere you look, from lizards to birds to monkeys to caiman and even bats.

I strongly recommend the Eco Safari tour, in which you float down the slow moving river in a raft - it's quiet and gives you an opportunity to get great views of various species. After the trip on the river, they provided a short sugar cane and cacao tour at a facility across the river that was informative and fun. This trip is a MUST DO!
Written 4 June 2022
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Canoa-Aventura
Thanks for your really nice comments, we hope you had enjoyed your trip with us in Unique Caño Negro. All of us are grateful for your company.
Written 27 June 2022
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Mary W
Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
Abner was an excellent guide, knowledgeable about the region, the animals, so helpful to take photos - really knows his stuff! And Antonio was a great driver :) We saw so many animals, care was taken for us to all see and get good photos. The food was great and the quick stop after was such an authentic experience with the sugar cane/chocolate/coffee. Mucho gracias!!!
Written 12 January 2023
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Kevin H
14 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We did the Safari cruise with Joe. He was a great guide and we saw lots of wildlife as the promotional flyer said. The boat driver also was good to turn us around, bring us shore—-whatever was needed to insure we had the best view.
Written 10 June 2021
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Maquenque
We are pleased to know that you had enjoyed your tour with us. Our guides are always concerned about making you have the best experience and Joe is no exception. Thank you for trusting in our work
Written 11 June 2021
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APAA U
1 contribution
Dec 2022
the tour overall was well organized. the pickup from our hotel in La Fortuna was timely, our driver was very helpful and provided a lot of good information along the way. the tour guide on the river was also very well informed and did a fantastic job. The location in Cano Negro was also quite pleasing. we did see quite a bit of wild life along the river.

We had a good experience and enjoyed the trip.

The only question in my mind afterwards: was the wildlife we saw really unique to Cano Negro? did we have to drive two hours north to see it? or can we see the same animals in other areas near Fortuna or Central Valley? This was our first trip to Costa Rica, so we just don't know.
Written 28 December 2022
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Sue T
Kincardine, Canada9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Pierre was our guide for the day, Toño our driver. Pierre was extremely knowledgeable and talked to us on the 2 hour drive to Caño Negro about Costa Rica. After the drive there was a quick rest stop with a snack and drink, then we boarded the boat. It was open but with a roof. I don't remember the boat driver's name but he was highly skilled, getting us close to the wildlife whilst not disturbing it. We saw so many kinds of birds, monkeys, Cayman, bats, etc. Two or three hours passed so quickly, and Pierre gave us access to his close-up photos afterwards. Back at the rest stop we were treated to a great Costa Rican lunch, before our drive home. No walking required on this tour. Extremely interesting and highly recommended.
Written 21 February 2020
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_Wheres_Baldo
Copenhagen, Denmark108 contributions
Feb 2022
First class service from start to finish. We booked the trip and didn't really have an address to put in the booking form to clarify pickup. After I booked, I received an email to coordinate exactly where we needed to be and what time. The driver met us on time and we took off for the boat launch. As we were driving, we saw some beautiful birds as we neared the river and stopped to grab some pics. The boat trip was amazing. We spent the better part of two hours with a guide who'd been raised on the rivers of Costa Rica spotting wildlife as he explained what we saw. After we returned, we were treated to an amazing lunch, then given a demonstration of sugar cane and chocolate processing (and of course there were samples of chocolate and coffee and a few other treats). Cannot recommend this tour enough. You won't be disappointed.
Written 18 February 2022
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Canoa-Aventura
Thank you so much for joining us!. Our Unique Caño Negro tour is one of the best-sellers: a unique opportunity to explore one of the most important Wetlands and spot dense wildlife. One of the top differences in this tour is that we run it in a private section (no crowd), private dock, and lunch place, with the best price guarantee. Hope to see you back again soon!. Pura Vida, Canoa Aventura Staff
Written 25 February 2022
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