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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Caño Negro by Boat

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Visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge on a full-day tour from La Fortuna, and explore a wetland system that’s home to a remarkable variety of wildlife. Watch for sloths, monkeys, caimans, and brilliant tropical birds on a boat tour of the wildlife refuge, which also shelters several endangered species. If you'd like, this tour can also be done by canoe or kayak. This full-day Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge tour includes pickup and drop-off at La Fortuna hotels, park entrance fees, and lunch.
  • Full-day Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve tour from La Fortuna
  • See a scenic reserve by boat, or opt for a canoe or kayak
  • Watch for wildlife in a natural environment
  • Eat a Costa Rican lunch by the river
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off at La Fortuna downtown hotels
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
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Meet a driver at your downtown La Fortuna hotel for a morning departure, then make the trip to Los Chiles, a small village close to the Nicaraguan border.

Upon arrival in Los Chiles, transfer to a motorboat to explore the wetlands, which are fed by the Río Frío. Keep your eyes on the water throughout the tour, as caimans, fish, and even freshwater sharks can be spotted in the river. Or, if you'd like, you can opt for a canoe or kayak to explore; contact the supplier after booking.

White-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and spider monkeys forage in the treetops, and the reserve is also an important stop for thousands of migratory birds that spend the winter in Caño Negro’s warm, shallow waters. Pause along the river for a lunch of authentic Costa Rican cuisine, then head back to Los Chiles, watching for wildlife along the way.  This tour concludes with return transfer to La Fortuna, and drop-off at your hotel in mid-afternoon.
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The biodiversity of this site has attracted the attention of tourists and conservationists for more than 35 years. Due to its importance as a source of food and nesting, it is one of the best places in Costa Rica for bird watching. Our tour begins by embarking in Guatuso, a rural town, from where we navigate the riverbed to the Caño Negro Refuge, where an experienced guide will show you various species such as: sloths, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, birds and a variety of flora typical of wetlands. At the end of this profitable boat safari tour, our last stop will be at the house of Don Abelino and Doña Wendy where we will share a traditional lunch in order to learn more about the culture and especially the Costa Rican gastronomy.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Jacamar Naturalist Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Caño Negro by Boat?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Caño Negro by Boat?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Caño Negro by Boat?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Caño Negro by Boat?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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