Caño Negro is an amazing wildlife refuge which allows you to experience the wild side of Costa Rica’s natural beauty in a completely tranquil small town setting. Located just 20 miles south of the Nicaraguan border, the 3 ½ hour drive to this town will take you through small humble villages, allowing you to see the true lifestyle of many Costa Ricans along the way. The roads are in a similar condition, so be prepared for a free Costa Rican massage as you travel on them. But, you know what they say, “Getting there is half the adventure”, and boy is it worth it!
The refuge consists of wetlands, forests, marshes, and grasslands which are home to many migratory waterfowl including storks, spoonbills, ibis, anhingas, ducks, and cormorants, in addition to permanent residents like bats, basilisks, cougars, jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, peccary, white-faced capuchin, howler and spider monkeys, two and three toed sloths, and more. The one place we can truly guarantee that you will see a large amount of wildlife in their natural habitats, without going all the way to the Osa Penninsula.
Things to do in Caño Negro include:
- Canals boat tour (with a naturalist guide to spot these natural treasures)
- Sport fishing (Tarpon, Snook, Gaspar, and Rainbow bass)
- Bird watching (350 species)
- Canoeing (get up close to the natural species, in a tour completely in harmony with the environment)
- Conservation tour (Learn to conserve our natural resources through the practice of sustainable tourism)
- Visit the village and meet the locals