Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Cano Negro

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: bird watching, conservation area, eco-tourism, flora and fauna, lagoon, reptiles, river, and wildlife refuge

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  • Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge in Alajuela, is lying very close to the border of Nicaragua, the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is located in Alajuela province in the counties of Los Chiles and Guatuso. Thirty kilometers southeast of Upala town, this refuge lies in northern Costa Rica and is without a doubt one of the most ecologically diverse sites in the country. It is a Wildlife Refuge with an area of about 10.171 hectares and belongs to the Huetar Norte Conservation area. The river basin of the Rio Frio River defines its landscape. It includes the Cano Negro lagoon (one of the largest in the country), a shallow basin of fresh water with an area of 800 hectares, and a drain of stagnant water from the adjacent Rio Frio and its tributary to the Monico river. It also constitutes one of the most diverse biological areas and of vital importance for the maintenance of environmental quality in the northern part of the country. In this wild area a large number of endangered species are concentrated. It is a wetland with migratory avifauna, many mammals and some endemic fresh water fish. In addition, there are swamps, lagoons and suampos throughout the reserve. Its main attraction is the lagoon and the wetland of more than 880 hectares, where you can observe migratory birds, reptiles such as alligator, fish and marshes. This refuge has gained popularity among tourists more oriented towards nature and eco-tourism. The reason is that the lake is filled at the beginning of the rainy season, joining the cold river, this phenomenon provides an ideal habitat for the procreation of birds, making it a paradise for those who love them. It conserves one of the most important samples of humid zones of our territory, considered of international importance for serving as shelter for a large number of migratory species, endangered species and species of commercial importance.

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