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Palo Verde National Park River Safari provided by Costa Rica Unique Transfers and Tours

Palo Verde National Park River Safari

Palo Verde National Park River Safari
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90% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6–7 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6–7 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
This safari along the banks of the majestic Tempisque River and through Palo Verde National Park will give you the option to see exotic birds, incredible crocodiles, iguanas, mammals, wild monkeys and much more. Indulge in a fantastic, authentic typical Costa Rican lunch. An added extra, exclusive to Costa Rica Unique, enjoy a mini coffee tour and tasting, learn about indigenous Chorotegan culture and their amazing pottery techniques. Bring home your own real Costa Rican pottery!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 63887P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Authentic Costa Rican TYPICAL LUNCH, COOKED IN A WOOD FIRE KITCHEN!,
  • One bottle of water person and a cooler with ice, our clients can bring extra drinks if the want. In fact our guides stop at a grocery store in the way.
  • Entry/Admission - Palo Verde National Park
Duration
6–7 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 1. THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO OPERATE IS 4, we can try to make groups from different hotels, so it is important to book on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. If we do not get the minimum, the tour must be canceled since it is not operational at a regular price. 2. We pick up in many other hotels in Guanacaste area, also AIRBNB or other private houses, just contact us. Once you make the reservation, we will let you know the pick up time.
  • La Gran Nicoya, Guardia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guardia, Costa Rica This is an important souvenir store with a big and safe parking lote where our clients can leave their cars
  • Airports:
  • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Costa Rica
  • Liberia Airport, Liberia Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Authentic Costa Rican TYPICAL LUNCH, COOKED IN A WOOD FIRE KITCHEN!,
  • One bottle of water person and a cooler with ice, our clients can bring extra drinks if the want. In fact our guides stop at a grocery store in the way.
  • Entry/Admission - Palo Verde National Park
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 1. THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO OPERATE IS 4, we can try to make groups from different hotels, so it is important to book on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. If we do not get the minimum, the tour must be canceled since it is not operational at a regular price. 2. We pick up in many other hotels in Guanacaste area, also AIRBNB or other private houses, just contact us. Once you make the reservation, we will let you know the pick up time.
  • La Gran Nicoya, Guardia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guardia, Costa Rica This is an important souvenir store with a big and safe parking lote where our clients can leave their cars
  • Airports:
  • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Costa Rica
  • Liberia Airport, Liberia Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6–7 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    La Gran Nicoya
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Palo Verde National Park
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    Total Tour. In this floating river-safari you will have the chance to see wild animals up close in their own habitat! After a scenic drive, enjoy a two hour cruise on the Tempisque River, the nearest access to world famous Palo Verde National Park, home to hundreds of migrating and local water bird species. Among other creatures you might see…. -monkeys, - Iguanas, - Smaller Mammals on the river banks, - The mighty American crocodile, one of the largest in the world. After the safari, enjoy an authentic COSTA RICAN TYPICAL LUNCH, COOKED IN A WOOD FIRE KITCHEN!, True to Costa Rican Cuture! On our return, we make a short stop to learn about Chorotega indigenous pottery using the same techniques that were used by their Pre-Columbian ancestors. Finally we´ll stop at the “small coffee tour store”, where you´ll learn about coffee, it´s process, its importance to Costa Rica, get a free taste of the BEST coffee on the planet! and purchase some to take back home!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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scottfromerie
Erie, CO215 contributions
Our family of 6 including two teenagers and two seniors, had a fun time on the River safari today. I would recommend asking for Norman and Ernesto to be your guide and driver. Ask them lots of questions. These guys are great!

They are very proud of their country and on the way to the River, they will go over the history of Costa Rica and they will explain some of the local legends.

This tour does include a lunch from a local restaurant close to the river. The lunch was a local cuisine of chicken, salad, hash, and beans and rice.

The river boat is covered, so, in case it rains, you will most likely stay dry. We did encounter heavy rains, and we were dry. The captain of the boat pointed out monkeys, birds, crocs, bats, etc.

I would recommend that you bring bug spray because the mosquitoes will be out!

You can bring your own beer and they will put it in a cooler for you if you so choose.

Bring extra tip money since this tour does make a couple of extra stops, like the coffee plantation.

If this review was helpful, please let me know.
Written September 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Georgia W
Brighton, UK6 contributions
We booked the tour through Frank the Tank - who has been fundamental in making our holiday fantastic! We organised 3 tours through him, he was so helpful, patient and responsive. We Facebook messaged and Whatsapped him for info, he always responded promptly and was really kind to us when we changed one of our tours last minute. Made everything smooth and organised, always let us know of the time and place of pick up the night before.
The tour itself was incredible and that was mainly down to being in the expert hands of Eddie Rojas the Tour Guide and Cidar Alvarez the driver. Never known people to go out of their way more to ensure you have a brilliant day. So informative about Costa Rican lifestyle and so much fun. They share everything with you and make sure you've done and seen everything you wanted. What more could you want from a tour! I would recommend both this tour, Frank and all the staff we came across from Costa Rica Unique to anyone travelling to the area. It will make your holiday. Thank you guys! Patrick & Georgia
Written March 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rewoo
3 contributions
Mar 2021
we had such a blast! Ernesto, our guide gets a big shout out... he was informative and fun to hang with. Even the ride to the safari was just as fun exploring the local plants and fruits and we stopped at a local park to hang with the giant iguanas. on the safari we saw all the wildlife up close from crocs to osprey's hunting fish to monkeys that came aboard to check us out. Puri our driver was one with the animals who came to his whistles. Even the lunch after was amazing. we look forward to bringing the grandkids next time.
Written March 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Miguel A
San Jose, Costa Rica2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Jose the tour guy in the lobby of the hotel Breeze was
extremely helpful in selecting the right tours for our family.
We went fishing one day, waterfalls, Horseback riding, zip
lining, volcano mud and thermal waters, another day
safari boat ride where we saw crocodiles and monkeys.
All the tours were hired through him. A great vacation full
of adventures for the family.
For our family, having great, safe and memorable tours is
important and Jose and his company made this happen.
Our concierge at the Breeze hotel Cecilia Montero is
beyond helpful. She made our stay for this week amazing.
Weeks before arriving she made sure that all the details
were taken care of for our safe arrival.
Then she helped us on several requirements throughout
our trip that really were not part of her job description
like covid test coordination and when the clinic would not
answer she found a way to get the results in time. We also
needed a computer for my kids and distance learning
and she lent me her sons computer for a week.
Amazing customer service like we have never
experienced in so many years of travel.
Written January 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cali Whitmire
9 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This was the first excursion we did in Costa Rica, and it really set the tone for Costa Rica and it’s amazing people! Willbert went over and beyond for us to teach us about his wonderful country! We learned so much from him, and he stopped at every little thing on the drive for me to go to the restroom, get fresh fruit, go to the supermarket, take pictures of iguanas, monkeys, etc. The lunch on the excursion was sooo yummy! A home cooked Costa Rican meal for lunch and we got to watch pottery being made and purchase it. We saw crocodiles, birds, and monkeys on the river. So cool! Ask for Willbert and he will not disappoint!!!
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

frohls
Calgary74 contributions
Had a great day, but some tour guides are better than others. We had Johnathon and he did provide some information but seemed more interested in his phone and eating ice cream that was bought for himself after money was provided by everyone on the tour for bananas and chicken. We Don’t know if he used our money or not but it’s just the idea of him coming back from the store and he’s got an ice cream for himself.
I would not use or recommend him for the tour.
Written March 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chance M
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The staff very knowledgeable, professional, had a terrific sense of humor on tour. Fair prices, Busses are new, very efficient services.
Judy our Tour agent went out of her way to accommodate my needs. Even getting monies back on her day off.
I would recommend and I would 100% ask for Judy again.
Thanks for a smooth vacation.
Written October 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rodney S
Houston, TX54 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a great tour for kids and those that have mobility issues. After about an hour van ride, we arrived at the river and boarded a covered boat. We saw many types of local wide life but by far the biggest thrill is the white faced monkeys. The monkeys even got on the boat to check us all out!! Lunch was provided as well and we also stopped at a couple of local areas of interest. We departed around 7;30a.m. and were back at the departure point around 3p.m. A nice way to see the wild life and the general area.
Written March 15, 2022
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Zelda G
7 contributions
Feb 2022
Loved the tour! We saw so much of Costa Rica and what her people do to make a living. They are extremely hard workers. We saw Howler and White-Faced monkeys, many shore birds and crocodiles.

We want to thank Tony from Unique Travel for arranging this wonderful tour.
Written March 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vanguard007
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica117 contributions
Feb 2020
Our guide picked us up promptly and gave us a very entertaining day. Our first stop was a small town part where the iguanas were plentiful and various sizes then off to the river on a comfortable boat where we got to see many birds,monkeys and crocodiles. Our guide Harold was full of information about the wildlife and his country which he is obviously very proud of. Very good tour
Written February 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great introduction to Costa Rica
All parts of the tours were great, but we loved the sloth sanctuary and the coffee farmer tours the best. Manuel (g
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Fun-filled day, overpriced transportation, horse maltreatment
Pros: Booking pickup was easy. We were picked up on time (7:30am) right at our Airbnb. The “guide” gave us a little
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Amazing
Costa Rica is definitely a beautiful country. I was so greatful to have Ernesto as our tour guide. He took his time
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It was a very memorable experience in a good sense because we got to see the coffee plantation and people who run it.
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A must do while in Costa Rica
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BEST TOUR EVER
Carlos Duarte with Unique Costa Rica gave us the best tour we could ever hope for! He went above and beyond making
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Amazing Experience
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Exciting!
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Amazing
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Highlight of our Costa Rican vacation
The highlight of our trip. First we went to a waterfall which was great and then to the rain forest at Tenorio Vol
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Wonderful days!
Amazing!! My family loved both our tours that Tony arranged for us. Harold took us to the rainforest and animal san
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Amazing time in Costa Rica
We'd love Costa Rica and this was the highlight of our trip. Our guide, Eddie, was fabulous. He's knowledgeable, ki
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Great transfers
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