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Set near the Nicaraguan border in a marshy, jungle-like area, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the most difficult places to independently visit in Costa Rica. It is set in a remote area of the country and is often submerged in water from flooded rivers. Although this isn't necessarily a destination you visit on the spur of the moment, getting here is well worth the effort. Visitors of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge are richly rewarded by the areas plants and animals, who thrive in the region — noticeably absent from the usual human interference which encroaches upon such areas.

› Leave this rugged driving to experienced professionals and book transportation.

 Choose comfortable accommodations, and go back to a hot bath or shower after your day of adventure.

 ...Better yet, go for a soak in nature's bath tub at a hot spring.