Caño Negro

Caño Negro was among the places in Costa Rica that I have wanted to know for a long time, even before I got to know it was one of the best places for finding aquatic birds. It is very close to the border with Nicaragua, so it is a long road from San Jose, an almost 5 hours drive. It is by far the biggest wetland habitat in Costa Rica and considered the third one most important for the world.  The canal system can be navigated and plenty of tour operators guide groups through the waters in search of birds like the Roseate Spoonbill, Jabiru and Black-collared Hawk. During the dry season, you can safely walk near to the observation tower without getting yourself too dirty. At any season, climbing to the observation tower grants you with a 360 degree view of the surroundings, so using a telescope is a great way of zooming into identifying the many species of birds that reach this place.


The sun was hidden from view by some clouds near the horizon. This produced a beautiful golden light for some minutes and light rays that came out of the clouds.


The canals during sunset, which are bordered by “Saragundí”. The canals are a good place for fishing and birding alike.


A wide view of the lagoon from the observation tower. At this time of the year, the lagoon was pretty dry and low in bird density.


Sunsets can change from dull to spectacular in just a few minutes and find you unprepared. I will never understimate a sunset again.

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