Glide through one of the world’s most important wetlands on a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge from La Fortuna. These naturally protected marshes are an essential home to many endangered bird species, plus other Costa Rican wildlife including monkeys, tapirs, cougars, and turtles. It’s a top destination in Costa Rica for any serious birdwatchers, with regular sightings of herons, ibises, cormorants, and elusive jabirus.
- Float through the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge on a boat safari
- Learn what makes the sanctuary one of the most important wetlands around the globe
- Look for rare tropical birds plus monkeys, sloths, jaguars, turtles, and even freshwater sharks
- Includes lunch and round-trip transport from La Fortuna hotels
What You Can Expect
Situated on Caño Negro Lake (Lago Caño Negro), this wildlife refuge is one of the most important wetlands in the world, where many migratory birds live for part of the year. The area’s marshlands and forests house many endangered species, and wildlife such as jaguars, tapirs, special species of monkeys and cougars have been spotted in the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. It’s 2hrs from La Fortuna. Once we get to town we make a short walk to get to the boat that will take us over the floating land when we are able to point all diverse animals where monkeys, caimans, Jesus Christ lizards, and many birds species are easy to watch, Caño Negro its fill or surprises. This is a great tour for nature lovers, birders or customers who want to avoid long or hard hikes.
The Rio Frio is the main water source for the lake area and the largest flowing river in the Arenal region. During the dry season, the water recedes, leaving only the Rio Frio’s main channel, and during this time visitors can typically spot neotropical cormorants, glossy ibises, wood storks, green-backed herons, blue-winged teals, black-bellied whistling ducks and more. For avid bird watchers, Caño Negro is one of the prime spots to see the Nicaraguan grackle or the endangered Jabirus, the largest bird found in Central America. Fishing is allowed on the Rio Frio from July 1 through March 31, and licenses are available through the ranger station in the village. Some of the more commonly spotted species include howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, turtles, and even Jesus Christ lizards. Keep your eyes peeled on the water, as a number of visitors have reported seeing the fin of a freshwater shark.
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Brand Transport by air-conditioned minivan or 4×4.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Departure point La Fortuna area Hotels Departure time 7:30 am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time. Duration 9 hours (approx.) Return details Return to the original departure point
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La Fortuna area Hotels
7 hours (approx.)