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Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park

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246 Reviews
Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Basics

Most tours of Palo Verde National Park include lunch and round-trip transportation from Tamarindo or Liberia area hotels. Much of the park can be explored by boat and excursions typically include a river cruise, during which you can travel down the Tempisque River and spot wildlife, such as crocodiles, birds, and monkeys.

Some tours also feature a visit to a Costa Rican waterfall or include a stop for bird-watching at one of the park’s marsh habitats. For a personalized experience, private tours are also available.

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Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo
Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo
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$75.00 per adult
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Palo Verde Riverboat cruise
Great trip.. Boat ride was fun and relaxing. Definitely worth doing. People were friendly and helpful. The ride from Tamarindo was definitely long but worth it.
Adventure08042196535, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

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Enjoyable tour
Joann_H, Jul 2021
Palo Verde Jungle Boat Tour, Guaitil Pottery & Lunch
My guide Julian and driver Leonard were fantastic, took the time to point out things befire we got to the river tour. River tour was excellent, crocodiles monkeys, bats. The variety of life was impressive. River boat captain was very good at locating and pointing items out
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Great river tour, from wonderful people
Glen_M, Jul 2021
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
Lovely people, very knowledgeable guide, boat captain and a delicious lunch Saw all types of wildlife, had a great time.
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Excellent boat ride and the best Costa Rica restaurant around!
Julie_C, Mar 2021
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
The Captain and first mate did an excellent job showing us all of the animals on the river. We were amazed at how much wildlife we saw in our 1 1/2 hour tour. We saw huge crocodiles, a white faced Coti, howler and white faced monkeys, lizards, and lots of different birds!! After the tour we were treated with an absolutely delicious authentic Costa Rica lunch. The meal and home made ice cream was all organic and the best around!!
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YES from start to finish
Penny_F, Feb 2020
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch
Not one thing to fault. We were thrilled. Saw 2 types of monkeys, lots of beautiful birds -some endangered, lizards, and iguanas. Luckily, we saw a crocodile too!!! Yummy lunch. Tried fresh squeezed, the old fashioned way...by us! PS the pottery -yes! Our guides we simply AMAZING!
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Good Tour
chriskarensmith, Feb 2020
Palo Verde Boat Safari
Ronnie, our guide, Luis, the driver, and "eagle eyes" Solano, boat captain, were awesome! We saw several crocodiles, herons of all sorts, iguanas, 3 scarlet macaws, monkeys and more. They also took us to a family run place for lunch. Along with lunch we had a native 4th generation artist show us how he makes pottery. Very fun and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
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Palo Verde
carrie, Feb 2020
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch
The boat trip was great our guide Dre was awesome.... and lunch was good.. I would recommend this boat ride
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Fantastic Experience
sbolin53, Jan 2020
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour
Terrific tour all around. From the hassle-free pick up at our resort, to the wildlife spotting, and cultural lunch experience, we couldn’t have asked for a better tour. Very casual way to experience some local spots with a knowledgeable guide.
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Well run excursion from start to finish
Auroratravellers, Dec 2019
Palo Verde Boat Tour
Tour guide picked us up on time and with a spotless van in Coco. On the way to Palo Verde, we stopped to watch the Ticos who work with oxen at the riverbeds collecting volcanic soil. The river boat ride was really interesting and there were only four people on it with two guides. We saw alligators, huge iguanas resting in trees, white faced monkeys, fruit bats and many species of birds. The lunch following was fantastic!
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Wildlife excursion
coramay, Nov 2019
Palo Verde Boat Safari
Didn't see much but enjoyed anyway. Tour guide very informative. Lunch was good. Ride was bumpy since the place is on a dirt road.
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Beyond amazing!
lmcclure2019, Aug 2019
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch
I wish I could remember our guides name... we went on 8/7 in the morning. He told us everything to know about the areas on the way up and translated everything perfectly on the boat (we saw a ton of wildlife). The boat ride was great, they will really hunt to make sure you see some amazing things! Then lunch at the most authentic place possible- Los Coyotes Ranch. Best food we had on our entire trip!! And they demo how they hand make their pottery for you. Overall the best part of our visit.
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Natural beauty
IsabelaS, Dec 2020
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
Excellent customer service from every member of the staff, from the greeter at our meeting place, to the owner, tour guide and boat driver. Thanks to our guides’ keen eyes, we saw many interesting sights on the river and enjoyed the local food provided.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Palo Verde National Park is a must-see for nature lovers.

  • Mosquitoes are plentiful, especially during the wet season. Be sure to pack bug repellent.

  • The park’s ranger station is open from 8am until dusk and has restrooms available for visitors.

  • Palo Verde National Park is a haven for many species. As such, be careful not to disturb wildlife as you explore.

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How to Get There

Palo Verde National Park lies roughly one hour from Liberia and two hours from Tamarindo by road. Public transportation is limited; it’s possible to arrive by private vehicle or on a guided tour. The Tempisque River can be explored on guided boat excursions.

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When to Get There

You can visit Palo Verde National Park year-round. During the wet season, many migratory birds can be found in the park, while wildlife tends to congregate around shrinking waterholes during the dry season. Due to the park’s climate, there is a chance of flooding during the wet season, which typically lasts from May through November.

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Biodiversity in Palo Verde National Park

More than 60 bird species use the area as a migratory stop, and there are also about 75 mammal species, 55 reptile and amphibian species, and roughly a quarter of the world’s bee species. The bees, along with a number of other insects and many species of bats, can be found at the Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve, which lies adjacent to Palo Verde.

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