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La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Unique Caño Negro

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Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica, and get an up-close look at some of the nation's most colorful birds. Enjoy scenic transfer to Caño Negro from La Fortuna, where you cruise by boat into the Rio Frio. Search for native birds, mammals, and flora before heading back to land for an authentic lunch.
  • Caño Negro wildlife adventure from La Fortuna
  • Journey into nature on a scenic boat ride
  • Lunch and welcome drink included
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
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7:30 AM
Pick Up time will depend on the Hotel location. If your Hotel is not listed, please contact us!
Meet your guide in La Fortuna at 7:30 am and make your way in air-conditioned comfort to Caño Negro, where you'll learn about local plantations and regional crops like yucca, papaya and pineapple. Enjoy a welcome drink and snack at the El Caiman restaurant before journeying by boat into the Rio Frio. Spend 2.5 hours searching for egrets, monkeys, herons, iguanas and indigenous flora. After an exciting excursion into nature, head back to the El Caiman Restaurant and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch before heading back to La Fortuna.
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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.
Duration: 9 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Canoa Aventura
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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Unique Caño Negro ?
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
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Unique Caño Negro ?
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 Unique Caño Negro ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Unique Caño Negro ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Amazing, unique day
, Jul. 2022
Company was great about communicating pick up at the hotel. Alvaro was our driver/tour guide. The drive from La Fortuna to Cano Negro river is about 1 and 1/2 hours. I took a nap. As I was sleeping, Alvaro spotted a sloth in the tree. We stopped by the side of the road to watch the sleeping sloth. The closer we got to the reserve, the more birds we were seeing. He was great about pointing them out. When we got to the river, we had a bathroom break, had a little snack of fruit. Little eatery also had beer and soda for purchase. On the river, boat captain was Max. We saw Howler monkeys, including rare orange ones, spider monkeys, lots of birds and a couple more sloths. We spent about 2 hours on the river. After we got back, we had a meal prepared for us and we had lunch. He drove us to a little shed where sugar cane is processed. And then we had a little coffee, chocolate and guaro (alcohol drink) tasing. Alvaro then drove us back to La Fortuna to our hotels. Pick up was appx 7:30 and back to the hotel about 3pm. It was amazing.
This tour is a must do! Very pleasurable, relaxing, and abundance of wildlife! Monkeys monkeys monkeys!
, Dec. 2021
We had an excellent time on this tour. Joe was an exceptional tour guide. He was informative about the Costa Rican crops & culture during the entire ride to Cano Negro, And was able to find an abundance of wildlife during the tour. Our favorite experience was visiting the howler monkeys! He knew exactly which tree they lived in and We got spectacular pictures and up close spectacular sightings! We also saw numerous wetland birds, iguanas, turtles, bats and much much more! The fresh fruit they serve before the tour was plentiful and delicious and the authentic Costa Rican food was also fresh and very tasty! They also gave a sugarcane presentation and when you got to taste pure sugarcane, Costa Rican moonshine and coffee. I highly recommend the tour it was very relaxing and pleasurable
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
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!.
Above and Beyond Expectations!
, Dec. 2021
We had a great time! Fauricio and Daniel took the time to make sure everyone got to see the animals along the river. They even helped us get photos of well-hidden animals! On both the bus ride and the boat trip, Fauricio was both entertaining and informative. At the end of the tour, we even got to learn a bit about making sugar from the sugar cane, roasting (and using) cocoa beans, and how to make Costa Rican coffee! Well worth the time and the money--great price for all we got!
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Thank you so much for joining us!! This tour is one of the best Steller due to the unique scenario, and customized itinerary. We hope to see you back again soon
Amazing tour
Priya S
, Jan. 2020
Elena (our tour guide) and Cesar (our boat driver) were excellent. They picked us up exactly on time from our airbnb reservation and dropped us back. We saw lots of indigenous wildlife and were able to take pictures. Elena offered to send us pictures that she took with her viewfinder so we would have better pictures. I would highly recommend this tour and tour company.
Very nice excursion
, Aug. 2019
We had our trip without Elena. She was full on knowledge, had a nice personality and pointed out many different types of monkeys, birds, etc on the boat tour. The Lunch was delicious. Well worth the money!!
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If you have one day in Costa Rica...
Dmitry D
, Mar. 2018
If you have one day in Costa Rica, go here. A very large variety of monkeys, birds, reptiles. Lunch very good. Great guide!

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