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Palo Verde National Park

Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
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Dallas, TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The tour and river is beautiful. So educational. We saw so much wild life. The guides are very knowledgable and proud of their country. They work hard to preserve the beauty of Costa Rica

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Detroit, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Took a half day trip to Palo Verde National Park. Tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, made the long bumpy ride worth while. The boat trip up and down the river to see monkeys, birds, lizards and crocodiles was well worth it. We had lunch with the locals which was chicken, rice and beans but was very good. We also... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

An Amazing Scenic Adventure We used Alex on the Beach (I will do a separate review) to book a Riverboat tour of Tempisque River inside a protected area called Palo Verde National Park. We were picked up from our Hotel by Pablo and traveled through many small towns before reaching the park. The road was bumpy along the way and... More

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Ohio City, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My GF and I visited this on July 23rd. We booked it through Issy's Tour. Great boat ride down the river. The guides make every effort to make sure you see a ton of animals. There are tons of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, lizards, bats and great scenenary. Take tons of pictures. We suggest video as well! Well worth the time!

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Pueblo West, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We used Falcon tours all week for short rides and they were very helpful. Anytime we needed them Marlon or Aeriel were waiting for us. Great service for a great price.

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Highly recommend guided tour of Palo Verde with the outstanding tour guide Javier Vargas of lovingcostarica.com. He got us there super-early (before the throngs of tourists arrived) and showed us the best wildlife "having breakfast" by the river. The white-face monkeys were a true highlight as was all of the knowledgeable commentary in perfect english. Javier's enthusiasm for the wildlife... More

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Parker, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was my second trip to Palo Verde National Park because I wanted to share the experience with my children. I have used both CAT Tours (2013) and Maleku Tours (2014) and had a great time with both. The tour is different each time you go because different birds and animals can be seen depending on the time of day,... More

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Monrovia, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a must do and get a guide like Don from "Get Lost in Costa Rica" we saw bright red macaws, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, alligators, every kind of egret, lizards and animals I can not recall the name. This was well worth the drive and one of our better attractions while in Costa Rica.

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Los Osos, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We booked a driver from Playa Potrero and enjoyed the drive almost as much as the boat cruise in Palo Verde. The capuchin monkeys climbed into the boat, but were gentle and amusing. Saw 2 American Cricodiles up close. Bats, iguanas, and a few birds. Well worth it. We stopped for lunch in the small town and it was fabulous.... More

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washington, dc
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Lots of bats, crocodiles, monkeys, lizards. Very scenic drive thru small villages to reach the beautiful river. The boat was covered, so no worries about sunburns. Boat guide spoke good English and was very informative during the two hours on the water. We brought good binoculars, which were very helpful. It was worth the hassle to bring the binoculars on... More

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