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Palo Verde National Park

Costa Rica
506-671-1062
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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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Monrovia, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We toured this area with the help of MAU Adventures. Mau did a great job showing of this regions river life showing us many birds, crocodiles and monkeys. This is an amazing part of Costa Rica and a fantastic guide. When we go back to Costa Rica we will be visiting the area again and asking Mau to lead the... More

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Smyrna, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My wife and I had a fun time on the riverboat. Our guide, Mark, from Mardigi Tours was very educated on wildlife. We took the boat upstream and then downstream and were able to see bats, birds, crocodiles, iguanas and of course the infamous basilik lizard or as the locals call the Jesus Christ lizard. It's a tiny lizard that... More

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Warszawa, Polska
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326 reviews 326 reviews
246 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Palo Verde is a very big park, which by nature lovers should be visited at least for a few days. You can enter the main park from the north or take boat rides from the east or south west. When travelling with small kids we decided the latter to limit walking. It's a 1h ride on dirt roads to get... More

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It's not hard getting to. A unpaved rocky road is a little troublesome but not undo able. The docking area is were all the boats come in. The boats can seat 9 people and has life vests. It's a leisurely ride seeing some croc's ,birds, iguana's,monkey's. About 2 hours. We experienced a low tide going out but coming back we... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

7. Palo Verde O.T.S. (Organisation for Tropical Studies), Palo Verde National Park – 4 out of 5 This was the most basic place we stayed in Costa Rica but consequently felt a bit more like the real – 25km of bumpy road from anywhere, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and a serious need to check your shoes for scorpions and the... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went a bit after the crowds were gone and basically were the only ones in the boat and on the river. Saw a lot of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, tropical birds, etc - all very close up.

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Sacramento, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Booked a last minute boat tour from our hotel (Riu Guinacaste) and glad we did! We went in August. The boat tour was relaxing as all we did was sit on the boat. Our guide was great and pointed out many creatures including red-winged grasshoppers, capuchin monkeys, termite nests, lots of iguanas, probiscus bats (well-camouflaged right in front of our... More

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