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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Palo Verde Boat Safari

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Overview

Discover the incredible birds and biodiversity of Palo Verde National Park on this boat tour with lunch, departing from Tamarindo. Spot native wildlife such as crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys, and a colorful parade of bird species during a 2-hour cruise down the Tempisque River led by a naturalist guide. Afterward, discuss your sightings with fellow travelers over a traditional Costa Rican lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Morning river safari tour from Tamarindo
  • Cruise along the Tempisque River bordering Palo Verde National Park
  • Visit one of Costa Rica's best bird-watching locales
  • Spot monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and many exotic birds
  • Learn about the park's unique wetlands environment from a naturalist guide
  • Savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch at a restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop off provided for Tamarindo, Langosta, Brasilito, Flamingo, and Conchal
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Lunch included
Live commentary on board
Hotel pick-up and drop off
National Park fees
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Departure Point

1: Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste
2: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda, Provincia de Guanacaste, Pinilla, 50309, Costa Rica
3: Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
4: Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
5: Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
6: Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
7: Hotel Riu Palace, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
8: Playas del Coco, Provincia de Guanacaste, Coco, Costa Rica
9: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
10: Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
11: Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a concept by Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
12: Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Playa el Jobo La Cruz de Guanacaste El Jobo, Guanacaste Province, 51001, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:30 AM (please let reception or security know we are coming to pick you up)

Langosta/Tamarindo Hotels, Condos, Houses: 7:00 AM

Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero Hotels, Condos, Houses: 7:00 AM

RIU Guanacaste & RIU Palace: 7:00 AM (bring copy of passport)

Playas del Coco Hotels, Condos, Houses: 7:20 AM

Playa Hermosa & Playa Panama Hotels (Villas Sol, Condovac, Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, Mangroove), Condos Houses: 7:30 AM

Liberia Peri Supermarket: 7:00 AM

Andaz ($50 extra per booking, not per customer) 7:00 am

Dreams Las Mareas ($200 extra per booking, not per customer) 6:00 am

Pick up times are estimates and it may take up to 20 minutes longer due to the day's pick up schedule and traffic.

Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am

Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:30 AM Please let security know we are coming

Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am

Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:10 am

Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am

Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am

RIU Guanacaste/Palace 7:00 am - please bring copy of passport

Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Coco - 7:20 am

Villas Sol, Condovac, Occidental Papagayo, and all Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am

Villas Sol, Condovac, Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove and all Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am

Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 7:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person)

6:00 am - $200 transport fee per booking, not per person

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Morning hotel pickup is provided for locations in Tamarindo, Langosta, Brasilito, Flamingo, and Conchal. Relax and enjoy the rich scenery of Guanacaste's backcountry during the roughly 1-hour journey to reach Palo Verde National Park. This protected nature reserve is known for its unique dual landscape featuring wetlands surrounding the Tempisque River as well as a tropical dry forest environment. Costa Rica’s dry season attracts hundreds of species of migratory birds to the park, making it one of the country's premier birdwatching destinations.

When you arrive, board a river boat for a leisurely 2-hour cruise along the Tempisque. Admire the park’s undisturbed beauty while a naturalist guide provides insight into its unique ecosystem. Keep a sharp eye out for some of the many creatures that make their home along the river banks, including crocodiles, howler and capuchin monkeys, deer, raccoons, and iguanas. Your guide will help identify local and migratory birds such as macaws, guacacos, kingfishers, tiger herons, woodstorks, and jabiru birds.

After the safari, climb back onto solid ground and head to a local restaurant for a typical Costa Rican lunch. Relax on the return ride to your coastal hotel, where the 6-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palo Verde National Park
Hotel Pick up You will be picked up from your hotel journey one hour through the back roads of Guanacaste’s Sabanero (Cowboy Country) Province to Palo Verde National Park. 2 Hour Boat Safari on Tempisque River After a scenic guided drive, you will then hope into your boat and spend 2 hours on the Tempique River that borders the Palo Verde National Park, best known for its murky water and spectacular wetlands. Your naturalist guide will help to spot wildlife in the dry forest vegetation and mangroves. There are over 600 different species of birds, both local and migratory. Appropriately, this tour is a real treat for bird watchers, as you’ll have the chance of spotting a wide range of fowl that includes storks, egrets, spoonbills, grebes and more. Also be on the lookout for monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, anteaters, crocodiles and caimans, which can often be seen lingering along the banks of the river. Costa Rica Style Lunch After your boat safari, you will be taken to eat a plentiful Costa Rican style meal called a Casado with rice, beans, salad, plantains, choice of meat, and more. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Guaitil Pottery Village Before heading back, we will visit the Guaitil Pottery village that is famous throughout Costa Rica and the rest of Central America for its pre-Columbian Chorotega style. They will show you how they make the pottery and there is an opportunity to buy some if you like!
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Playa Langosta
Pass By:  
Playa Conchal
Pass By:  
Tamarindo
Pass By:  
Playa Grande
Pass By:  
Playa Flamingo
Pass By:  
Pinilla
Pass By:  
Playas del Coco
Pass By:  
Playa Hermosa
Pass By:  
Playa Panama
Pass By:  
Culebra
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Native's Way Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Palo Verde Boat Safari?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Palo Verde Boat Safari?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Palo Verde Boat Safari.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Palo Verde Boat Safari?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Palo Verde Boat Safari.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Palo Verde Boat Safari?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Palo Verde Boat Safari.

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star-5
Wonderful day!
Fran_B
, Aug 2021
We had a wonderful trip with plenty of birds, monkeys snd crocodiles! Our guides, Christian and Jorje, were amazing!
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star-5
Guides were great
John_P
, Jul 2021
Claudio and Luis were great they made the experience there and back, better than the excursion itself!!
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star-4
It's worth the time and money, but don't expect much of a lunch or that you're going to a "village" for the pottery.
Jodi_M
, Jul 2021
Our guide was the best we've EVER had. This company and tour is great. So kind, professional, and knowledgeable and even their shuttle van was new! I will say the lunch could have been better (the "hen" (chicken) was so over cooked and tough to eat we just gave up. The pottery "village" is not a village. It is a little area set up on the ranch where you eat lunch that they demonstrate how to make pottery and then try to sell it to you. Not what we expected at all! Aside from the lunch spot and pottery set-up, which was a disappointment, we thoroughly enjoyed the river tour. They went above and beyond to try and show us everything to be seen. They may oversell this tour, but for $99 you have a great time.
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Palo Verde Boat Safari
Mark_B
, Feb 2020
Although the tour yielded an experience that included some wonderful contact and sighting of wildlife; it was substantially shorter (about an hour verses 2 hour advertised boat ride. Lunch however was exceptional. Driver was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining- culture and info on countryside was excellent.
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Good Tour
chriskarensmith
, Feb 2020
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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Wildlife excursion
coramay
, Nov 2019
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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star-5
Fun boat trip
Suzgh
, Apr 2019
The safari boat ride was very nice from pick up at our home to the wonderful tour guide Martin and the driver Nelson The boat captain was also very knowledgeable and knew where to find different birds crocodiles, capuchins and monkeys. We were served a wonderful traditional Costa Rican lunch in a little town which I’m sure helps the economy of the area. I’d recommend this trip
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Fantastic Boat Cruise
KarenH6919
, Mar 2019
We had a wonderful time on our river boat cruise. Our guide and boat captain were able to spot lots of monkeys, birds, and crocodiles. They made sure to maneuver the boat around so we could all see and get plenty of photos. I would absolutely go again!
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