NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CAÑO NEGRO
The National Wildlife Refuge Caño Negro has an area of 9.940 hectares. It is located in the cantons of Los Chiles and Guatuso of the Province of Alajuela. This refuge protects a sample of the most important wetland areas of our territory, considered of international importance to serve as a habitat for many migratory species, endangered species and species of commercial importance. Caño Negro lagoon is a shallow freshwater lake with an area of 800 hectares and a drain stagnant water adjacent of the river Frío and its tributary the river Mónica.
The area includes the lagoon and its surrounding is one of the most diverse and of vital importance for maintenance of the environmental quality biological area in the north of the country. Additionally, the area is a habitat with a variety of species of flora and fauna and natural communities, many of them unique or endangered species that make the area a site of international importance, as they are along with the wetlands in the south of the Lake of Nicaragua, one of the most outstanding samples of the wetlands of Mesoamérica.
This refuge is a source of food for migratory birds of the norht. There are species of plants and animals that cannot be found in other parts of the country, abundance of birds and fish for human consumption and is one of the few parts where the needle fish or the gar can be found.
Park facilities and hours
There are no public facilities at this park. Due to the wetlands, this area can only be explored by boat.
Our reception desk will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about these or other tours. Tours can be booked through our receptionists prior to or during your trip.
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