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Caño Negro is a wildlife refuge in the North of Costa Rica's Alajuela province.

Iguana, Caño Negro, Costa RicaThe low lying wetlands and flooded forest centred around Lake Cano Negro and the channels of the Rio Frio make up an extensive reserve which is a renowned refuge for the nesting of migratory birds. The reserve is also home to a fascinating variety of mammals such as tapir, the capuchin, spider and howler species of monkey, cayman and reptiles.

In the drier season when the waters recede there is an astonishing concentration of migratory waterfowl such as storks, ibis, anhinga and cormorant which make the reserve their temporary home.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Cano Negro

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Cano Negro, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Cano Negro

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cano Negro. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge excursion

      Natural Lodge Cano Lodge


      Natural Lodge Cano Negro is a simple but comfortable eco-lodge of 42 rooms, enjoying an unrivalled location at the edge of the renowned Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve.