Northern Plains, Tour

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour

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Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Costa Rica’s natural wonders with the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge tour.

Declared as one of the RAMSAR sites of world importance in 1991 and designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007, the Caño Negro refuge stands as a testament to the preservation of ecosystems and aquifers. For over 35 years, its rich biodiversity has captivated the imaginations of tourists and conservationists alike.

The tour starts in Guatuso, a quaint rural town, where participants embark on a scenic river journey to the Caño Negro Refuge. You will have the chance to encounter an array of wildlife, including sloths, three species of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, and an abundance of bird species. As they leisurely navigate the quiet waters, guests are encouraged to capture the beauty of their surroundings with cameras and binoculars, immersing themselves in the serenity of this wetland oasis.


Here, amidst the lush wetlands, visitors have the rare opportunity to witness endangered species in their natural habitat, including the majestic Jabirú bird, towering up to 4.2 feet (120 cm) tall with a wingspan of up to 9 feet (3 meters). Additionally, nearly extinct fish such as the Atlantic Tarpon and the prehistoric Gaspar Fish inhabit these waters, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

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