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Palo Verde National Park

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Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-671-1062
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl...
The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
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Costa Rican Wildlife in Palo Verde National Park

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If you're lucky....lots of monkey business!

We booked our visit with Guanacaste Viajes and had Juan Carlos as our guide. Great choice! After a very bumpy ride on an unpaved road we arrived at the river and boarded our boat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This park is very poorly maintained, roads are awful, signs are not placed and it is very easy to get lost. We saw more animals at our resort than in this park. Waste of time, do not recommend.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I went to Palo Verde as part of a tour with Sunwing. The park is very fun - there are so many alligators, monkeys, birds and interesting stories from the guide. The boats are comfortable and shaded. However, the tour is quite busy. We had great views sitting at the back of the boat - although this also made it... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We booked our visit with Guanacaste Viajes and had Juan Carlos as our guide. Great choice! After a very bumpy ride on an unpaved road we arrived at the river and boarded our boat. The captain and our guide would try very hard to spot any animals they could for us. Everyday is different and you never know what Mother... More 

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Cold Spring, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Abundace of wildlife with very knoweldgebale staff. We got as close as you could imagine to wildlife and even had a monkey join our boat. We seen crocks, monkeys, lizards and plenty of birds.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Andrew, the owner and representative of Andrew's Thumbs Up Tours Costa Rica gave us a real thumbs up tour to Palo Verde, the boat was very clean and better than most of the other companies at the dock, there was also less people on our boat which was an added bonus. Our guide was super friendly and very knowledgeable and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Don't miss a boat ride here. Lots of wildlife and great guides. We used central American tours and they were awesome. Bring binoculars so you can see more.

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Booked with Swiss travel from my hotel Occidental Grand. Very professional company great guides and a lovely insight to the dry forest. Lunch was included and I must say was very tasty chicken or fish was on offer. Also went out there way to take us to a waterfall which was not on agenda.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We went near the end of the dry season, which meant the road to the park was dry and dusty. We were not with a tour, but had driven out on our own. No birds to see because there was not much water left, but we ran into howler and capuchin monkeys eating mangoes in the trees. We also saw... More 

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timmins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Don't miss this excursion. Worth the money. If you want to see wildlife, this is the excursion for you. Monkeys, alligators, Scarlet Macaw to name a few.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Our guide Cristian was great with lots of good information! Got to see lots of alligators, birds and white-faced (capuchin) monkeys. The ride in the tour van was a little bumpy so those who get sick riding in a car should remember to take their Dramamine but well-worth the trip!

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Address: Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-671-1062
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste

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