Caño Negro and Río Frío Boat Tour from La Fortuna

Approx. 7 hours

North Zone


Located on the Rio Frío near Nicaragua, this biologically humid area is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s richest in biologically diverse areas. A great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles, and caimans may be seen here. The tour starts with “Nature Lovers” who are picked up from their hotels in a very comfortable bus for the 1-½ hour transfer to Los Chiles, a culturally mixed village only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border.

Once you arrive, your boat will be ready to take you on your 2 ½ hour river safari adventure. Your captain will steer through lush, tropical rainforest and green pastures until you arrive at the marsh, as your experienced bilingual guide leads the tour. During the tour, you will be offered soft drinks, natural juices, bottled water, and cookies included during the boat tour. Hundreds of migratory and resident bird species can be sighted on the Caño Negro, and they are especially easy to discover during the dry season.

Among the birds you are likely to see are the Anhinga (Snake-bird), Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks, Olivaceous Cormorant, and the highly endangered Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America. Along the river, you may also see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced monkeys, the three-toed sloth, caiman, Jesus Christ lizards, and turtles. After the tour, you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch, regional fruit, natural juices, and coffee served at the Restaurant Río Frío.

A tour is full of nature, diversity, and adventure you need to experience.

Tour Duration: Approx. 7 hours

What’s included

  • Bilingual certified guides
  • Transportation from/to La Fortuna Hotels
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Fruits

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes



Some may think us crazy or irresponsible but we journeyed to Costa Rica for Christmas! We used Find My Costa Rica services over a four week period from Dec 11 2020 to Jan 10 2021 for ground transfers (one being to a Pacific coast beach house in Playa Grande) and a local Chocolate Tour, due to Covid-19 we were of course limiting our public activities. We used this service for 7 different transfers. we always found the drivers and guides attentive to Covid protocols on top of just being as friendly as all Costa Rica people are. This being our third trip to the La Fortuna area we have met some of these people before but in better circumstances. The most important issue I want to write about here is from Dec 30 when we heard the Canadian government was putting in place the requirement of having a NEGATIVE PCR test before we could return home. In a panic we contacted FMCR on the 31st and over the next few days they made full arrangements for tests for my wife and I. FMCR provided transfer to and from Ciudad de Quesada where the lab was from El Bosque where we were staying during this portion of our trip. Given a time frame requirement of within 72 hrs before flight (on the Jan 10), the New Year holiday/weekend closure of the nearest lab and that lab being an hour drive away into the mountains we were very anxious and worried. However as with any previous interactions we have had with FMCR or associated companies our worry was unnecessary, all went flawless. Of course FMCR could not guarantee us the NEGATIVE result we needed but they were a large part of our both results being that way through their professional and clean services in our transfers. Thank you Find My Costa Rica and we will see you once again soon.
Hank Bartlett
Hank Bartlett
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Ashley Holmes
Ashley Holmes
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Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
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Scuba Nadine
Scuba Nadine