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Palo Verde National Park

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The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl...

The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.

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Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo
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Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Tamarindo
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Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Playa Hermosa-Coco Beach

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Amazing wildlife viewing experience.

Yesterday we visited Palo Verde National Park as part of a guided tour with Tico Adventure Tours. Our Guide (Cristian Campos) did a great job making sure we saw all of the main... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Yesterday we visited Palo Verde National Park as part of a guided tour with Tico Adventure Tours. Our Guide (Cristian Campos) did a great job making sure we saw all of the main attractions of the park. The boat trip was amazing. We saw crocodiles, birds, bats and monkeys. The monkeys were amazing. They came right up to the boat... More 

1 Thank Ron O
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the park but only for a boat tour, it was fun and it is very lush and we saw white faced monkeys, crocodiles and many birds.

1 Thank NattieB_11
Castle Rock, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a boat tour on Tempescue River. We saw crocodiles (saw one large croc take a piccary (wild boar) off the river bank), white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, bats, macaws, etc. At Hacienda El Viejo we saw ox driven sugar cane mill and outdoor Costa Rica kitchen & cooking demonstration. Lunch at Hacienda El Viejo was good.

Thank Gary F
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This was the highlight of my visit to Costa Rica. You will see monkeys, crocodiles, and exotic birds. It is a MUST tour if you are going to the west side of Costa Rica. As arranged by Tico Tours, it also included a marvellous tasty lunch at El Viejo, plus a historical tour in English of sugar cane processing. Take... More 

Thank Gray G
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Decided to go to Palo Verde last minute when we discovered that the park we planned on visiting was closed on mondays. We were not disappointed. Able to view a plethora of birds, capuchin monkeys, peccary and iguanas. There are hiking trails in the park as well. We took a couple of hikes, trails are not very well maintained, however... More 

Thank Katie H
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We were picked up at our hotel by our guide through Swiss tours, Mario was bilingual an very informative an funny. We went early in the morning an it was incredible. We saw alligators, reptiles, all kinds of birds an not one but three Macaws, even our guide was amazed to see that many. Well worth it

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Santa Rosa
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Well this really is the real Jungle Boat Cruise! We went through a small agency to do the tour which include the ride, lunch and tour. The boat ride itself was amazing and not too buggy. We saw white faced monkey, blue herron, small blue heron, storks, crocodiles, iguanas, and so much more. The boat operators were fantastic about finding... More 

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Spencerport, New York
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

The guides picked us up from the hotel. They were bilingual and very informative. They and the boat captain were able to quickly spot various animals in the river and in the jungle canopy. A lunch was included in the tour.

Thank Richard F
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

With about 10 others, I took the 2 hour, guided tour. We saw the usual monkeys, birds, toothy creatures and night crawling, super-size lizards all about.

Thank RobCope
Dusseldorf, Germany
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

We very much enjoyed our visit to Palo Verde as it was much less-visited than many other Parks in Costa Rica and offered a wonderful mix of birds and wildlife. The Park Ranger at the main gate helped us organise an overnight stay in the very basic cabins used by researchers at the Park Headquarters (about 2 km from the... More 

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