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Palo Verde National Park

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Phone Number: 506-671-1062
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Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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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Boat River Ride

Our boat tour river ride was relaxing and we saw some wildlife. Our guide was informative and sought out areas where we could see monkeys, crocodiles, owls, birds, iguanas and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Sanford, Florida
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Sanford, Florida
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our boat tour river ride was relaxing and we saw some wildlife. Our guide was informative and sought out areas where we could see monkeys, crocodiles, owls, birds, iguanas and even bats. The monkeys climbed over our boat and one of them decided to hop onto my husbands shoulders and hang out for awhile. An interesting and enjoyable ride made... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It was a fun day. Learned about coffee, drove to the river, saw a lot of crocodiles, some monkeys and some birds. Had a traditional lunch and made our way back home. It was only a half day excursion which was good. Tour guides were GREAT!!!!

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Buena Vista Colorado
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We stayed at the Research Station for 3 nights....basic food and accommodation, but once in a lifetime meetings with real grad students who are doing cutting edge research....birds, bats and critters....and we met other serious birders who consider this a gem....saw a trogon, roseate spoonbills, a pair of curassows and countless other birds and four leggeds....

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Miami, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Stayed four nights as a solo traveler in Costa Rica for a photography book project. 20+ previous extended trips to Costa Rica but first time at Palo Verde. Palo Verde was a big (great!) surprise. I found few photos online except for those taken in Jan-Mar when the 9000 hectares of wetlands (45% of the Park) are loaded with over... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We entered via bacase from liberia and we didn't plan too much as we had done a last minute change of plans it was absolutely horrible first we had to wait for an hour as entrance is closed from 12-1pm. Then we had to pay for each of us in the car = $40USD ( we didn't pay for our... More 

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East Hampton, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We saw many birds, monkeys, crocs. We drove through parts of the national park on our own, getting pretty lost but finding a pair of Jabiru Storks (very cool) and took a boat tour seeing many other animals.

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I highly recommend this as great way to see the abundance of wildlife in Costa Rica. You sit in a boot and cruise the river , the tour guide points out the abundance of crocodiles, iguanas and white face monkeys living along the river bank. Ample opportunities for picture taking and very relaxing.

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Chatsworth, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We enjoyed are time at Palo Verde. The river cruise was coo, we saw so many crocodiles, birds, lizards, insects, monkeys and different types of plants...we also saw flat bats on a tree! Driving into the park we saw cane fields and mango fields and had a great view of volcanoes. Our tour included lunch and a pottery demonstration by... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We went on the river boat tour as part of a tour with Andrew's Thumbs Up Tours. We had a great experience! We saw crocodiles, iguanas and birds. And monkeys! The monkeys were the best part. They came right up to our boat! I would highly recommend this trip and taking it with Andrew's Thumbs Up Tours. Ask for Enrique.... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Lots to see, friendly and knowledgeable guides, great for kids. A great opportunity to share the experience with fellow participants. Lunch was also included

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