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Tabacón and Caño Negro

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The Tabacón Resort hot springs are superbly designed: ten swimming pools with thermally heated water from the Río Tabacón, waterfalls, two restaurants and two bars (one actually in a swimming pool) provide true relaxation! Each swimming pool is set at a specific temperature, from 23 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. It is a fun little place surrounded by lush tropical forest, and with an attractive view of the volcano. Try the waters or the restaurant at night when it is dark, or even foggy, outside.

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro is in the extreme north of the country, near Nicaragua. The 9,969-hectare reserve is popular mostly for its 800-hectare lake. Actually, the size of the lake varies: during the rainy season it expands and sometime swells the Río Frío, whereas during the dry season, between January and April, it gradually shrinks, and sometimes even disappears! During the excursion, caimans, turtles, iguanas, monkeys and other animals can be spotted.

Among the abundant avian species you might see are American anhingas (Anhinga anhinga), roseate spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja), white ibises (Eudocimus albus), American jacanas (Jacana spinosa), American wood storks (Mycteria Americana), whistling ducks (Dendrocygna autunmalis) and American jabirus (Jabiru mycteria). The reserve is also home to the largest colony of olive cormorants (Phalacrocorax olivaceus) in Costa Rica, and the only colony of Nicaraguan grackles (Quiscalus Nicaraguensis).

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