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Palo Verde National Park, Province of Guanacaste: Address, Phone Number, Palo Verde National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Palo Verde National Park
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The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
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Angela M
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Rigo Tours for Palo Verde
Jul 2021 • Friends
White faced monkeys and crocodiles! We had a great time using Rigo tours based out of playa Conchal with a private covered boat and tour guide. I highly recommend them.
Written July 25, 2021
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DaCodaChicago
Rancho Santa Fe, CA39 contributions
One of Our Favorite Trips!
Dec 2020 • Family
We visited last week, during the Pandemic, and had a fantastic time! I think we were almost the only people in the park, as we saw only a handful of other people. We went on the Palo Verde Boat Tour and it was absolutely one of the favorite activities we’ve done in Costa Rica.

We saw crocodiles, huge iguanas, and amazing birds- all within a comfortable distance. Best of all, a very curious Capachun (sp?) monkey was on a branch over our heads for about 10 minutes. He was as curious about us as we were about him- and made for incredible videos!

Felix, our captain, was great and was a very experienced driver. “Goose” or Heiner, was our fantastic tour guide (from Playa Flamingo) and made the trip even better with his endless knowledge of the local wildlife. We would definitely recommend a driver/tour guide if you can swing it, as the roads are pretty tricky (think gravel roads with lots of pot holes) and they are mostly un-marked. It was nice to sit back and enjoy the ride with out stressing about getting lost.

Also, I’d like to mention that although we were out in the middle of nowhere, they were excellent with their Covid protocols. When we arrived at the boat landing we were the only ones there but they still took our temperatures, twice sanitized our hands (and our shoes!) before we got on the boat, and everyone wore their masks the entire boat ride, even though we were outside and socially distanced. We loved this! Although we don’t love wearing the mask, we know that we were all safe and could enjoy our experience.

Kudos to Costa Rica, the amazing Palo Verde Park and it’s wonderful employees.
Written December 14, 2020
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Travelforbirds
Saskatoon, Canada58 contributions
Awesome place for wildlife
Jan 2020
Great spot! I stayed right in the park for three nights, and saw a ton of wildlife. It is quite different from much of Costa Rica because of the dry forest. I highly recommend staying at the research center. The staff are great, and can advise you on some of the best trails for wildlife watching.
Written September 16, 2020
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Peter W
Shrewsbury, UK731 contributions
Brilliant boat trip
Feb 2020
Excellent boat ride along the river with sighting of crocodiles, many bird species and lizards. Very knowledgeable guide and driver got us up close wherever possible.
Recommended.
Written March 29, 2020
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mean_man_2004
17 contributions
worth the money
Feb 2020
great trip except for the slow down of cows crossing LOL only four in our boat plus guide and driver lots of birds rare ones too crocs iguanas bats close and personal
guide was very attentive as close as six feet to birds
Written March 4, 2020
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Astrobeemer
Vancouver, Canada589 contributions
Great boat safari with lots of wildlife
Feb 2020 • Couples
We booked our trip through Costa Rica Private Tours, so our experience might be different than other visitors who booked with other tour operators.
The boat ride on the Tempisque River was great. We saw so much flora and fauna it was hard to remember everything - monkeys, lots of alligators, a multitude of birds, bats, lizards, and more.

Our tour operators were very knowledgeable and had a very keen eye, so anything they spotted they stopped the boat and pointed it out. The animals are very well camouflaged and some are hard to see, but our guide had a laser pointer which really helped - but I definitely recommend you have good binoculars and a good camera to take pictures.

Written March 1, 2020
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Mandy R
Crediton, UK439 contributions
Lovely trip
Dec 2019
Very pleasant trip with local guide. Very educational. Lovely relaxing boat ride up the river spotting crocodiles and iguanas on the river bank and some amazing birds. The surroundings are amazing!

The sugar cane and coffee experience was very well done and again very educational but fun, delicious coffee!

Half day $95 per adult $71 for children, well worth the cost.
Written February 24, 2020
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Douglas K
Manchester MI170 contributions
Palo Verde boat tour from Ortega town
Jan 2020 • Couples
Drove the rental car to Ortega town for a boat tour of Tempisque River @ Palo Verde. Waze showed the way down rocky rds. after turning off rte.21 near Filadelfia (much easier than driving to rte.1 and Bagaces, however no walking tour). Very nice family run operation right in Ortega town with delicious traditional meal included. Short drive to boat dock. Aim for low tide (tide tables on internet) for best wildlife viewing.
Written February 17, 2020
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HilaryW971
Norwich, UK281 contributions
Fascinating
Jan 2020
This was a brilliant river trip where we saw so much. The highlights were the majestic osprey and the lazing cricodiles. There were many photo opportunities and our captain did his best. The problem was that his boat was old with a broken seats and the seats themselves were small and uncomfortable which hindered movement. We did not have this on any other boat. The sights are well worth seeing.
Written February 12, 2020
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William B
St. Catharines, Canada86 contributions
Swiss Travel Excursion
Jan 2020
This trip through Swiss Travel had 2 parts. First a tour of a former sugar plantation to experience plantation life a century or two ago. Then off to Palo Verde to see the crocs and birds along the river. Then back to the plantation for a late lunch
Written February 9, 2020
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