Although it was May and we were told that we wouldn't see the vast migration of birds seen in the earlier months, we still went on the Palo Verde National Park tour booked through Eric of the Conchal Adventures. Our guide Rico was a delight and made the entire trip an enjoyable one.
The private van (clean and air-conditioned) was able to take 8 people for the tour; Rico and the driver made a total of 10. It took approximatly 1 1/2 hours from the Westin Beach and Spa Resort to the landing spot at the river. The river trip itself was approx 2 hours. We saw a wide variety of birds, but not flocks of birds (which we'd been told). However, we saw plenty of crocodiles (from small to large), iguanas, bats, Jesus Christ lizard (runs on water) and monkeys galore!
As our boat was small for the private group, we were able to get close to shore by the overhanging branches. The white-faced monkeys quickly gathered around us in the branches and brave ones jumped onto the boat roof and peered down at us. Great photos ops!
We had a lot of fun and took several pictures to show folks back home. After the river trip, we were taken to a small village nearby where a family had prepared a delicious meal for us; tamarind juice for our beverage, pulled pork, grilled chicken, freshly-made thick tortillas, a corn, squash and potato relish, melon and more.
We arrived back at the resort in late afternoon. It was a wonderful way to spend the day and our favorite trip of the vacation.
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