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“Great Cano Negro Boat Tour!”
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Canoa Aventura
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Owner description: Our specialty is combining paddling with an immersion into the natural Costa Rican environment. For more than 20 years, we have been guiding birdwatching trips throughout northern Costa Rica. And, for the past 14 years, we've also been guiding canoe trips in Costa Rica, Vermont USA, Canada, and Nicaragua. Enjoy nature while observing wildlife on the river banks of Costa Rica with our safari tours in your choice of canoe, raft or kayak in Penas Blancas River. Or you may prefer to enjoy a panoramic view of the majestic Arenal Volcano by joining our Lake Arenal by canoe tour. If you would you like explore the nature of Costa Rica by foot, we offer walks to very recognized natural destination tours like Rio Celeste Hike, Cerro Chato Hike, and the majestic Arenal Volcano.
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We participated in the Cano Negro boat tour while spending a few days in La Fortuna. We were picked-up, on-time, at our hotel in the early morning and we were pleasantly greeted by our tour guides for the day. There were 11 of us on the tour for that day which was a nice small size! On the way to Cano Negro, we stopped for a snack and coffee at Las Iguanas restaurant where we were able to view and take photos of the numerous impressive iguanas that live in the trees right beside the restaurant! This was a nice touch. This was also a great time to purchase some souvenirs in the restaurant.

For the entire bus ride to Cano Negro, one of our tour guides gave us a history lesson on Costa Rica and was very knowledgeable about everything that had to do with their country! He explained many of the various agriculture crops which we viewed along the way including sugarcane, pineapple, oranges, teakwood, etc. Very interesting! This made the bus ride very enjoyable!

At Cano Negro, we had a snack of juice and pancakes before we boarded the boat. The tour guides were extremely informative and knowledgeable of all the different types of animals we saw along the river. We saw many different birds (scissor-tailed flycatcher, warblers, piano birds, etc.) and the tour guides were able to show us a close-up photo of each in their Birds of Costa Rica books. It was very impressive how well they were able to spot the animals!! Our guides also spotted 2 different Great Potoo birds which are extremely camouflaged in the trees - so neat to see them! We also saw howler monkeys (one of which was albino!), spider monkeys, white-faced monkeys, caimans, Jesus Christ lizards that run across water, vampire bats, long-nosed bats, turtles swimming in the river, etc.! The only animals that we did not see, unfortunately, was a sloth. I think we saw monkeys on 6 different occasions so there was ample time to take photos and watch them play in the trees, we really enjoyed that! The guides also give you the opportunity to view the animals through their binoculars. The boat is very quiet, so you are able to sneak-up to the animals without scaring them off so there is no need to worry about boat noise!

After the boat tour we enjoyed a very "typical" Costa Rican meal of chicken, beans, rice, tortillas, salad, rice pudding, and beverages on the shore where we started the tour. It was delicious and I loved how they prepared a very traditional Costa Rican meal for us - I appreciated that! We also had the opportunity to purchase beer with our meal.

The bus ride back to La Fortuna allowed us tourists time for a nap, or ask the guides any further questions about Costa Rica. We were back in La Fortuna around 4:00pm which left us plenty of time for shopping and exploring the town! I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in viewing the birds and wildlife of Costa Rica as you are guaranteed to see a large variety of animals in a gorgeous setting! Excellent tour guides, delicious meal - thank you so much!

Thank SaskyGal
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We did the Cano Negro tour with our two small children and it was worth every penny! Jorge and Stephen were excellent, very enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgable. This tour was one of our favourites along side Proyecto Asis for animals. Lunch was excellent as well. Congratulations on a job well done.

Thank chvlee
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We left early morning at 7:30 a.m. from La Fortuna and stopped at a restaurant (Cafe Las Iguanas) where we saw many iguanas, beautiful, huge, colorful, basking in the branches of trees in groups of three or four.

We then went through pineapple, bananas, oranges and cassava, where our excellent guide, Pablo, was explaining to us each process. He had books on birds and animals of Costa Rica, and he lent us binoculars and a scope to observe animals. On the way to the boat, we saw two sloths and a kingfisher.

We arrived at the restaurant (Carmen's) where we had coffee, tea, juice and delicious empanadas (Beef and bean) at the edge of the river.

We had a great ride: had the opportunity to see caimans, pied herons, darters, ducks, cormorants, howler monkeys, spider monkeys. Alfredo was also an excellent guide!

We had lunch back in Carmen's (chicken, beans, rice, salad, bread pudding - very good).


Thank luke47
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a great ride along the river and our guide was very educated about the local ecosystem and how to spot all the animals. We stopped at "Peter's Farm" for coffee, a farm only accessible by boat where Peter (101 years old) and his family allowed us to tour their home. The whole trip was incredibly thoughtful and kind. It was the most authentic Costa Rican experience we had on our trip.

Thank Felix G
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We booked into Canoa Aventura through Hotel El Silencio Del Campo. Four of us were keen for a hike on the nearby Arenal Reserve and then some time at Tabacon Hot Springs.
Steven arrived early to pick us up...there was another couple already in the van. We drove to Arenal Reserva to begin the hike. We were first given water bottles, which was nice, but there was going to be no shortage of water this afternoon. ha.
Like most August afternoons in Costa Rica...shortly after our hike began, the heavens opened and we were poured on. Well what should you expect in a rain forest? It seemed fitting and still was wonderful to see all the interesting plants and animals Steven could find. He was very knowledgeable and keen to share his stories with us. No one bothered about the rain, because we were enjoying the experience.
Naturally once done the hike, the rain stopped and we had some great views of the volcano.
We were then driven (sorry forgotten the driver's name) to the hot springs...and instructed upon the pick up time.
Tabacon was lovely...nice clean facilities...loved the bathing suit spin dryer!!!! Lockers...walk outside to some artificial pools..one with a slide...swim up bar..you could get food too if you wished - there was a hotel here as well....then extensive natural pools and waterfalls going up lit pathways in multiple directions. Even an adult only section with private pods draped in flowing curtains.
This was quite the experience...the water temps were lovely...some hotter than others...but always something to suit everyone.
Once thoroughly saturated, we went to the buffet supper...tonight was a Mexican buffet...which was very enjoyable.
Steven and the driver picked us up at the appointed time and took us back to the hotel. Spectacular...great fun...super for adults or families....definitely a great fun time.

1  Thank mokinator10
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