Day Trip To Caño Negro Including Río Frio Boat Experience From La Fortuna

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    - Si su hotel no está en la lista, contáctenos (+506) 2479 9133
    - Si su hotel no está en la lista, pueden aplicar cargos extra por transporte
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Nature Lovers! This tour will take you for a boat ride on the Ro Fro, starting at Los Chiles, near the Nicaraguan border.
This river is part of the Cao Negro Wildlife Refuge a Ramsar site- here you will find one of the most diverse flora and fauna habitats in Costa Rica.
Along the river you can see lots of birds like the snake-bird, herons, cormorants and animals such as: howler, spider or even white face monkeys, three-toed sloths and some reptiles like caimans, Jesus Christ lizards and turtles.

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The Cao Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Fro are biological humid areas considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, also iguanas, sloths, turtles and caymans.

The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in a very comfortable bus. The transfer will take 1.5-hour to Los Chiles, a culturally mixed village only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border. Here your boat waits for your river adventure. At that time we begin our 2.5-hour floating safari through Tropical Rain Forest and pastures until we arrive at the marsh.
An experienced English - Spanish speaking guide leads the tour.

Some birds are residents in the area and it is possible to see hundreds of them especially during the dry season. Some of them are Anhinga or Snake - bird, Roseate Spoonbill, it is possible to see little groups of this bird eating in the surroundings of the river. Wood Storks, the Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and very endangered. Also the Olivaceous Cormorant, that makes its nest in the area, it is also the most popular bird in the area.

This trip includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, regional fruit, natural juices and coffee, all served for our clients comfort at our Ro Fro Restaurant; natural juices, bottled water and cookies are also included during the boat tour.


Bottled water




Local taxes

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Wheelchair accessible

Infant seats available

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

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

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Binoculars and camera suggested

Sun lotion

Mosquito repellent

Traveler Reviews

  • 11-Mar-2020

    This was the most amazing trip we did better than Tortuguero the guild and driver were amazing we saw so much loved it

  • 12-Feb-2018

    Three of us booked this trip as our final day outing adventure in Costa Rica. Because we were staying at a VRBO, we asked the tour company Arenal Adventures to pick us up at the Arenal Country Inn, a 500 meter walk from our rental. They were right on time, with a large tour bus that was 75 full so, room for us to stretch out.

    The tour description is pretty clear that you have a 90 minute bus ride to the los banos and coffee break stop, with that same 90 minutes back. Our tour guide was fluent in English and had a nice 20 minute talk with jokes. There's a restaurant along the way that usually has dozens of large iguanas in the trees, and he pointed them out as well.

    All the Rio Frio tour boats take off from one dock area and head upstream for a few miles at a slow pace. The boats are covered with easy access though you need to be able to handle a half dozen steep and sometimes wet steps.

    The amount of wildlife is fantastic, and our guide was first rate in spotting and sharing with us. Most of the animals are used to the tour boats, so we could come within a few meters of the banks and the trees and hang out watching monkeys, caimans the local alligator, herons, kingfishers, more iguanas, basilisks and sloths.

    Although there were half a dozen tour boats operating, they all had a system to stay far away from each other while still getting plenty of wildlife viewing in.

    After the two hour cruise, we had a nice almuerza de Tico, with arroz con pollo y frios.

    Overall, one of our less aerobic outings, but a nice way to end our trip.

  • 03-Aug-2016

    This was ok if u need a relaxed type of tour after a high intensity one. The cruise was nice and our tour guide Victor pointed out lots of birds and animals. I recommend that you take a high powered DSL camera with zoom lens to be able to take pictures of the animals, they are so far up in the trees

  • 10-Feb-2016

    Excellent tour. Our guide, Victor, as well as the bus driver and boat driver were fantastic at spotting wildlife mainly birds, but also bats, reptiles and monkeys. I would highly recommend this tour.