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Palo Verde National Park
Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park

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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Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
USD99.00 per adult
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GREAT EXPERIENCE
The experience was awesome.. Jose was the best..we got pick up a little later than advised but after that everything was just great.. we were only 2 in the van and it felt like a private tour. Jose was amazing and I felt safe with the driver.. We learned alot about the sugar cane process and fruit fields along the way.. On the boat we saw crocodiles, birds and a few monkeys up close..I definitely recommend..
Jocelyne_M, Jan. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

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Great Palo Verdi Park Experience!
James_C, Jan. 2022
Palo Verde Boat Safari
Most memorable was the safari boat ride and seeing the monkeys, iguana, and crocodiles. The van ride to the river safari was very informative as the Guide, Ariel, told us about the geographical area including the sugar cane farming, cantaloupe farming and work occupations of the local residents.
star-5
Great experience.
Mike_S, Dec. 2021
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
Staff was very friendly and did a great job finding and getting us close to wildlife. Food after the boat ride was excellent.
star-5
Wonderful way to support the local economy
Laurie_S, Dec. 2021
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
What a wonderful group of locals. If you are looking for an off the beaten path, authentic experience then this is the place for you. The food, cooked by grandma and served family style, is absolutely excellent. They are so knowledgeable about local flora and fauna.
star-5
Enjoyable and educational
Steven_L, Dec. 2021
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
Wonderful experience. Our guide. Jose, went above and beyond to look for and point out all of the various creatures along the river bank. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
star-5
amazing tour
Sabrina_K, Nov. 2021
Palo Verde Boat Safari
the tour was amazing, we got a lot of information from the guide and he was really nice and we felt it he is doing that with a lot of pleasure. and also we saw many animals thru the boattrip… and the lunch was delicious in a really local restaurant… we can just recommend that trip…
star-5
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
star-5
Lots of monkey's and crocs
Vinnie_T, Apr. 2021
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
A great guided tour on the river. We saw sooooo many monkey's and crocs. Enough to last a lifetime. Our driver and guide Manny and Jose are the best!
star-5
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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Don’t miss this
Richard_S, Aug. 2021
Palo Verde Boat Tours in Ortega
The tour was amazing, our guides were knowledgeable and knew the area incredibly well. We saw capuchin and howler monkeys as well as crocodiles, and I heard the group leaving before us say they saw the same, plus macaws. The food was also incredible, fresh ingredients and traditionally prepared. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
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Palo Verde
George_M, 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
star-5
Fantastic Experience
Sydney_B, 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.
star-5
Well run excursion from start to finish
DALE_G, 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!

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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