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Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega

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Ortega, Costa Rica
Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega

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icon3 hours 10 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Discover Ortega and the National Reserve Cipanci on this guided boat tour along the Tempisque River. Home to a wide variety of birds including the Scarlet Macaws and the Jabiru (the largest storks in the world), the wildlife refuge is an important nesting site. Following the tour, enjoy a traditionally made lunch with local cultivated ingredients.
  • Experience this less touristy area of Costa Rica
  • Enjoy a homemade lunch, served family style
  • The park fee is not included in the tour price
  • Keep in mind, August to October is rainy season
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Healthy meals
We are cooking on woodfires using local & organic products, fresh vegetables & fruits. Authentic recipes were inherited from our grandparents.
Shared boat tour + 01 bottled water (ask for private rates)
Homemade lunch (family style)
Local guide (S/E)
Juice & snack
Park fee ticket $10 p/p (CASH ONLY).
Private transportation
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Palo Verde Boat Tours , 50302 Provincia de Guanacaste Ortega, 75 mts south of the local catholic church, Provincia de Guanacaste, Ortega, 50302, Costa Rica

According to your location, drive directly to these cities (choose one). ENTRANCE #1) Drive to Filadelfia / Corralillos / Palo Verde boat tours, in Ortega village (only during summertime). ENTRANCE #2) Drive toward Santa Cruz / Oriente / Palo Verde boat tours in Ortega village.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Palo Verde Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega?
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 Tours, Ortega.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega?
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 Tours, Ortega.

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A real taste of Costa Rica
, Feb. 2022
The tour is excellent, you see a lot of crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds. But the most amazing is the local food and the attentions delivered by the local family.
Great experience.
, Dec. 2021
Staff was very friendly and did a great job finding and getting us close to wildlife. Food after the boat ride was excellent.
Don’t pass this one up!
, Dec. 2021
This was an amazing trip. Our driver couldn’t have been more helpful. Even spotted iguanas, red parrots and monkeys while driving there and back! Once at the boat launch, the captain and guides were eagle eyes in spotting wildlife instantly and pinpointing where they were at for our untrained eyes to focus in on. Once monkeys in the trees were spotted, the guides called to them and the monkeys continued to call back! Truly amazing. Once back from the boat ride we were treated to a freshly homemade Costa Rican lunch. Everything was so far above expectations. All seemed family and community driven.
Wonderful way to support the local economy
, Dec. 2021
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.
Don’t miss this
, Aug. 2021
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.
Great river tour, from wonderful people
, Jul. 2021
Lovely people, very knowledgeable guide, boat captain and a delicious lunch Saw all types of wildlife, had a great time.
Excellent boat ride and the best Costa Rica restaurant around!
, Mar. 2021
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!!
Natural beauty
, Dec. 2020
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.
Ça vaut le coût
, Jan. 2022
Entreprise familial avec des gens passionnés aux petits soins avec nous du début à la fin je vous recommande

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