Caño Negro Mixed National Wildlife Refuge

An undiscovered paradise
Lagoons of more than 100 hectares surrounded by woods in a humid tropical climate await you at this site located north of the country
The ecological diversity is its main attraction. It serves as a refuge and food source for a variety of species; including migratory birds and some fish and mammals.

"Many migratory birds use the refuge for resting and feeding.
This feature allows it to be considered a Ramsar site (international recognition given to wetlands of international importance due to its biological wealth), "said Renato Paniagua, tourism manager of the refuge
Daily from 8am to 4pm
National Adult resident: ¢ 800.
National Child and resident: ¢ 400.
Adult non-resident: $ 10.
Non-resident child: $ 1.

Parking and local guides who offer tours within the refuge.

Main Attractions
Caño Negro Lagoon
Fed by Frio River, is the most extensive in northern Costa Rica. With the arrival of the dry season, lagoons are reduced to small water bodies and streams. It is the time for bird watching.
The piquinegro cuckoo (, the Belted Kingfisher, the warbler, marsh hawks, the sunflower, the cliff duck, white cotinga and pechimo- soterrey teado are some of the migratory birds that arrive at the shelter.
The piquinegro cuckoo (cuclillo piquinegro), the north Kingfisher, the Reinita, the marsh hawks, the marisol, the cliff duck, the white cotinga and pechimoteado soterrey are some of the migratory birds that arrive at the refuge.
The water system of this wetland favors the abundance of fish including Gaspar, tilapia, tarpon and guapote tiger. These species and others form the food base of other living beings in the area.
Also there are mammals, as jaguars, pumas, tapirs and ocelots; howler monkeys, white and red face; tayras, two-toed sloths, otters, skunks and deer.
  • Respect the regulations for public use of the Wildlife Protected Area (WPA).
  • Respect the hours of operation of the WPA.
  • No portar armas de ningun tipo.
    Do not carry weapons of any kind.
  • Bring cool clothing, hat or cap, insect repellent, sunscreen, adequate shoes, binoculars, raincoat, camera and hydration fluids.
  • All provisions from the park rangers must be followed, in case anything happens, go to the WPA officers.
  • You must enter through the area assigned for this purpose and pay the admission ticket.
  • Only officers of the WPA can enter in vehicles.
  • The extraction of natural resources from the WPA is not allowed.
  • Avoid feeding the animals and leaving leftovers behind, this could affect animal diet and behavior
  • Visiting with pets is not allowed.
  • Look after your belongings.
  • Stay within the trails.
  • Do not smoke or enter the park with drugs or alcoholic beverages.
  • Garbage is not part of the natural environment. Please pick it up and put it in the trash cans or dispose of it out of the WPA.
  • Do not practice sports, make noises or act in a way that could disturb the peace and the resources of the park.
  • Bonfires are not allowed.
  • The WPA does not have a camping area.