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“The River Cruise Is Worth the Trip”

Palo Verde National Park
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$120.00*
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Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo
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$119.00*
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Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Tamarindo
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$103.00*
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Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch
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Owner description: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We booked a half day tour to Palo Verde with Flamingo Adventures out of Flamingo Beach (we were staying at Playa Potrero) and for $75 each, we had transportation to the park, an excellent guide (Alexis), and two hours on the river featuring crocodiles, howler and white-faced monkees, iguanas, and any number of bird species. On the way back, we stopped for a rustic Tico meal and watched a pottery demonstration. Bring binoculars if you go--and keep your hands in the boat! I'm not sure what the admission fee for the park is itself, but there are trails there for hiking, but to see all the wildlife, the river is where it's at, especially in the dry season.

Thank KevinRhodeIsland
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Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Went here by ourselves with our rental car. Quite a long dirt road to get into the park, but you get rewarded once you get there.

We were greeted by a group of White nose
Mapaches in front of the car on the road.
We started look at the board walk in the middle of the park. We went to the river, but didn't know you had to book the boat trip in advance, so bad luck for us (and the ranger said it was $45 per person which is a little bit expensive if you are traveling on a tight budget.

Went back and did some of the other trails, which were nice, especially the climb up (I forgot the name of the trail). It a short trail about 1 km, but quite steep. It get's you to on overlook point, view is great and worth the climb.

Overall we saw a lot of different animals/birds!

There a restaurant and toilets at the ranger station. Ranger station sells some drinks and snacks as well. We had our own picknick, there is a table next to the ranger station (in the shade!)

3  Thank Jacquelinevdhaar
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Our boat tour was booked through Swiss at Villas Sol hotel...1/2 day. It was the perfect amount of time and we had a great guide. A Hacienda pit-stop for fruit and drinks was nice on the way up too! Saw over a dozen crocs, white faced monkeys & howlers...and many birds. GO!

1  Thank Farl_Ottawa
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We were very fortunate to have Javier who owns Loving Costa Rica take my friend and I to this wonderful treasure. I won't give up his secret for making it the obvious best choice of a tour, but let me assure you it was terrific as you can see from the photos I have posted. Javier was very knowledgeable of all the wildlife on the river and best of all he knew right where to find a troupe of White Throat Capuchin Monkeys who came aboard our boat and crawled all over us while we fed them and took lots of pictures. After the tour of the river and seeing our boat guide feed the crocodiles we were taken to lunch at a local cooperative that is run by single women and the food was out of this world. Next stop was a local pottery making family that showed us how they make pottery all by hand in the traditional way. All in all it was one of the best days we spent in Costa Rica!

Thank Robert2861
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We took a tour called the Wonders of Costa Rica which included a tour of Palo Verde by boat. We arrived and got on the boat and we slowly made our way up the river. We saw so many differnt types of trees, birds and other animals - teek trees, crocodiles, blue herons, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, white igrets, hawks etc... It was a very hot day but the boat has a canopy so we really enjoyed looking at both sides of the river. We got very lucky as we were able to see so many different sights. This is a must see tour!

Thank sueme3
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