North of the Arenal volcano and near the border with Nicaragua, you’ll find the village of Caño Negro. This little town is surrounded by sugar cane fields and orange and pineapple plantations. Caño Negro is famous for its wetlands and exploring these waters by kayak is an absolute highlight for every nature lover.
In 1991 the Caño Negro natural reserve was proclaimed ‘Wild Life Area of International Importance’, because it is considered one of the most important ‘wetlands’ in the world. It is one of the best places for spotting birds, caimans and small monkeys. The animals are not shy, because they do not regard humans as their enemy and hunting is prohibited here.
Discover the wetlands
Discover the wetlands
You spend the night in your own bungalow, surrounded by tropical vegetation, a stone’s throw from the reserve. At the hotel you can rent a kayak and explore the wetlands. Another option is to book a tour with a small motorboat accompanied by a guide who will inform you in detail on the natural surroundings of Cano Negro.
We stayed at Hotel de Campo. We had a great cabina and a nice tour with a friendly guide.
Katrien and Katrien
Very beautiful! Booked a tour with only five people on a boat with a good guide. Recommended!
The boat trip to Caño Negro was superb. We had a very skilled boatswain (Alfonso) who took the time to let us take pictures. The hotel owner also indicated the evening before that we could safely go for an hour longer at a small additional cost. We did this and had a great time!
Very friendly staff and everything at the hotel was clean and neat. We were the only guests here so we were really spoiled by the staff!
Tip from Maite:
Tip from Maite:
If you do not have one yet, then it is recommended to buy a Costa Rican bird guide (book) prior to your visit to Caño Negro. This way you learn to recognize the different beautiful birds when you spot them.
What to see around Cano Negro:
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Stay at a real ‘finca’ in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
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Sarapiqui was originally a small town on the banks of the Sarapiqui River. In the region you find many cacao, coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. Join Jean-Pierre, the Belgian owner of the lodge you're staying, on his tour and learn more about the history of cacao and chocolate!