Caño Negro, a rural and natural area
In the northern part of Costa Rica at the border with Nicaragua, is the wildlife refuge of Caño Negro. These 800 hectares belonging to the Province of Alajuela are straddling the cantons of Los Chiles and Guatuzo.
The climate of the area is hot and very humid. Attention: From May to October the anti-mosquito is more than necessary!
This refuge is composed of several lagoons, perfect habitat for some of the rarest species of plants, mammals, reptiles and birds, sometimes endangered as some species of migrating fish.
For Birds and more caiman
Caño Negro is a must for ornithology enthusiasts as you can encounter a large number of endemic and migratory birds. The refuge is located on an important migratory route for birds coming from the north. You may see rare specimens such as the Jabiru Stork, Anhingas, Cormorants and Roseate Spoonbills.
Around December, when the water level of the Rio Frio falls, several species of birds come to settle, some will continue further south and others will remain on the edge of dry lagoons until March.
To discover these wonders, you could take part in a boat tour, discover the observation tower and floating paths, discover the fauna and flora by Kayaks, visit Doña Carmen’s butterfly farm, take part in a night hike or discover local crafts through workshops.
The wildlife refuge of Caño Negro is home to many species of living being be such as green basil lizard, giant anteater, jaguar, ocelot, iguanas, river turtles, monkeys, pumas and caimans . In the waters of the Caño Negro lagoon, you will find rare fish such as bass, guapote and gaspar (a very rare prehistoric fish!).
If you have the chance to visit this area at the end of March, you will be able to participate in the village’s patronal festival! The program includes horseback riding, typical cuisine, bull rodeos and a musical ball.
In addition to offering a 100% nature stop, Caño Negro will allow you to observe the daily lives of people living in rural areas of the country.
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