Caño Negro and Rio Frio Boat tour - Costa Rica for Kids
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Caño Negro and Rio Frio Boat tour

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Costa Rica with our Caño Negro Boat Tour, a perfect adventure for nature lovers of all ages. Located on the Rio Frío near the Nicaraguan border, this biologically diverse area boasts an abundance of wildlife, making it a must-visit destination.

Your journey begins with a comfortable bus ride from your hotel to Los Chiles, a vibrant village just 4 kilometers from the Nicaraguan border. Once you arrive, your boat awaits to take you on a captivating 2 ½ hour river safari. As you cruise through lush tropical rainforests and green pastures, your experienced bilingual guide will lead the way, providing insightful commentary and pointing out the rich biodiversity that surrounds you.

During the tour, indulge in refreshing soft drinks, natural juices, bottled water, and cookies provided onboard. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredible variety of bird species that call Caño Negro home. Whether resident or migratory, the skies are teeming with avian life, particularly during the dry season. Look out for the elegant Anhinga, the graceful Roseate Spoonbill, the majestic Wood Storks, the sleek Olivaceous Cormorant, and the highly endangered Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America.

The wildlife encounters continue as you navigate the river. Spot playful howler monkeys, agile spider monkeys, curious white-faced monkeys, and the leisurely three-toed sloth. Keep an eye out for caimans, fascinating Jesus Christ lizards that walk on water, and turtles basking in the sun. Every moment on this boat tour promises new discoveries and unforgettable encounters.

After the tour, savor a delectable typical Costa Rican lunch served family-style at a picturesque ranch. With natural wood tables and stools, the setting exudes rustic charm. Kids will love exploring the grounds, while adults can relish the serene atmosphere next to the Río Frío River, also known as Caño Negro.

Conclude your meal with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, prepared using the traditional “sock” filter in the old-fashioned Costa Rican way. A taste of a delightful traditional dessert adds the perfect finishing touch. Families often rave about this meal, considering it their favorite of the entire vacation.

What families love most about this tour is its appeal to all ages. It provides a laid-back day filled with close encounters with monkeys and an immersive experience in nature. From the captivating wildlife to the memorable meal, the Caño Negro Boat Tour offers a journey that will be etched in your memories long after you’ve left Costa Rica.

Join us on this nature-filled adventure, where diversity and excitement await. Book your Caño Negro Boat Tour now and embark on an unforgettable exploration of Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Tour Duration: Approx. 7 hours

Zone: Northern Zone
Location: Los Chiles - See map

The Departure time may vary, we’ll confirm the time with you.

Infants from 0 to 3 years old are FREE.
Please let us know the ages of any children who are under 12 under.

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What’s included

  • Water
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Fruits
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified guide

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Important Notes for Parents

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    Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby at least 10 minutes prior to pick up time.



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Important Notes

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    Please watch your children at all times because rivers and their borders can be dangerous areas.

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