Caño Negro & Río Frío Boat Tour

Incredible Experience of Wildlife & Bird Watching


Rate per person $75

This wonderful boat trip is an incredible experience for anyone wishing to get up close and personal with a huge variety of different wildlife and birds of Costa Rica! Your day begins when you are picked up from your hotel in Arenal Volcano area and driven 2 hours to a small town called Los Chiles, a remote part of Costa Rica just 4km from the Nicaraguan border. Once you arrive at Los Chiles you will board a small covered, motorized boat and enjoy a 3 hour river tour along the Rio Frio that is part of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Rio Frio is a slow flowing river winding through canyons towards the Caño Negro lake where you will pass tropical rain forest, pastures and marshland.

Along the shores of the Rio Frio you will be able to spot three different types of monkeys (spider, white-faced and howler), three-toed sloth, caimans, turtles and ‘Jesus Christ’ lizards. There are also around 200 species of migratory and resident birds to be spotted, like the glossy Ibis, black-necked stilt, anhinga, American widgeon, Northern shoveler, wood stork, white ibis, black-bellied whistling duck, snail kite, green backed heron, and blue-winged teal. It is also one of the best places to see the Nicaraguan grackle and the endangered jabirus. Your guide will be a wealth of information as they point out different animals and birds along the way, and teach you about the ecological history of the area.

After your boat ride, enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch at the tour operators restaurant before heading back to your hotel in Arenal.

Age limitation: Available for all ages, it may be tedious for younger children, to sit in a boat for 3 hours.

Your tour includes: Round trip transportation, guides, boat trip, lunch

What to bring: light clothing, comfortable shoes, camera, binoculars, sun lotion and repellent.

Features: An experienced English-Spanish speaking guide leads the tour. Please be advised that you must take your original passport on this tour due to the fact you will be passing an immigration checkpoint on the way to the Refuge.

*Prices reflect current low season rates and are subject to change. The price you are quoted by our sales representatives will be 100% accurate based on the exact time of your inquiry. Price is per person, double occupancy accommodation and includes: all taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels. Price does not include international airfare, optional travel insurance, or credit card payment service fee.