Welcome to Los Chiles


In the 1980s, American-trained Contras were a presence in town as part of the United States' subversive military actions against Nicaragua's Sandinista government.

With the opening of the new border crossing at Las Tablillas, travelers to and from Nicaragua are no longer obligated to pass through Los Chiles, but it remains an enjoyable water route to Caño Negro.


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Los Chiles activities

$77 Cultural & Theme Tours

Caño Negro Wildlife Tour by boat

The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío are biological humid areas considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, also iguanas, sloths, turtles and caymans.The tour starts when we pick up all “Nature Lovers” from the hotel in a very comfortable bus for a Transfer to Los Chiles, a culturally mixed village only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border. Here your boat waits for your river adventure, at that time we begin our floating safari through Tropical Rain Forest and pastures until we arrive at the marsh.  An experienced English - Spanish speaking guide leads the tour.Some birds are residents in the area and it is possible to see hundreds of them especially during the dry season.  Some of them are Anhinga or Snake - bird, Roseate Spoonbill, it is possible to see little groups of this bird eating in the surroundings of the river.  Wood Storks, the Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and very endangered.  Also the Olivaceous Cormorant, that makes its nest in the area, it is also the most popular bird in the area.Along the river we can see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced monkeys, also the three-toed sloth and some reptiles like alligators, Jesus Christ lizard and turtles.Recommendations: light clothing, comfortable shoes, camera, binoculars, sun lotion and repellent.Level of Difficulty: LowAge Policy: 1 year old, however lifejacket must fit or parents can carry one to assure children safety and boarding. In case lifejacket does not fit, child will not board and one parent must stay to take care of him/her.

$75 Outdoor Activities

Cano Negro By Boat at Rio Frio Tour

After a short bus ride of a little more than an hour, you will arrive to San Emilio Bridge next to Río Frío (Cold River), where an especially designed boat awaits, to take you admire the gorgeous sceneries of wetlands and pastures of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. During this wonderful tour, an expert guide will provide you relevant information of some bird’s species that can be seen in this area, especially, during the dry season. Some of them are the Anhinga or Snakebird, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks and the Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and very endangered. Howler, Spider and white-faced monkeys, as well as some reptiles like alligators, Jesus Christ lizard, and turtles, and also three-toed sloths, are some of the species that you can see during this Caño Negro by Boat at Rio Frio Tour. Before concluding, you will reach Los Chiles town, where a bus will be awaiting to take you to a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious typical lunch with fresh fruit, natural juices and coffee.