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  • Address: Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Daily
  • Admission: Varies

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Palo Verde National Park Tours

If you are visiting the Guanacaste area, spend a day viewing Costa Rican wildlife at Palo Verde National Park (Parque Nacional Palo Verde). Located on the banks of the Rio Tempisque, the site has 15 different topographical zones, from those with mangrove swamps to others with evergreen forests. 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 about 250 species of bees here! This is nearly a quarter of the entire species of bees found worldwide.

The bees, along with a number of other insects and bats are found at the Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve, adjacent to Palo Verde.

Marshes are common at Palo Verde during the wet season and welcome migrant birds from the Americas as winter sets in. Isla de Pajaros, Bird Island in English, is a popular mangrove spot for birds like green-backed herons, egrets, spoonbills and more.  When the dry season approaches, wildlife congregates around the continually shrinking waterholes. Palo Verde is said to host the only native colony of scarlet macaws in the dry Pacific.

Sit quietly near one of the water sources and you might spot squirrels, howler monkeys, deer, and more. Palo Verde National Park is also the home for the largest population of jaguarundis, a small brown wild cat found in Costa Rica. Keep your eyes on the water floating down the river as American crocodiles – some as big as 15 feet long – call Rio Tempisque home.

Palo Verde National Park is home to one of the most endangered ecosystems in the tropics. The tropical dry forest once covered a significant portion of Central America and today, they are just a tiny fraction of their original size due to destruction from human development.

Practical Info

Palo Verde National Park is approximately 20 miles away from San Jose and requires at least a few hours to explore. Much of it can be seen by boat, so be sure to pack sunscreen and bug repellent, as mosquitos are plentiful, primarily in rainy season. Due to its unique climate, be advised that there is a chance for flooding during the wet season (typically May through November). The ranger station is open from 8 a.m. until dusk and has restrooms available for visitors. 

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Palo Verde National Park - Admission Ticket, San Jose, null
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Palo Verde National Park - Admission Ticket

The  Palo Verde National Park  is a National Park of Costa Rica, part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, that contains much of the area of the valley of ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.00
Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Attraction Tickets
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Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo

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Enjoy a 1.5-hour riverboat cruise on the Tempisque River bordering the Palo Verde National Park, which protects over 33,000 acres and is known for its ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park, Liberia, Lunch Cruises
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Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park

See crocodiles, monkey, iguanas, and hundreds of birds as you relax in a jungle boat cruising slowly through the wetlands.

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Palo Verde Boat Safari, Tamarindo, Day Cruises
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Palo Verde Boat Safari

A 2 hour boat safari on the Tempisque River bordering Palo Verde National Park viewing a vast array of wildlife such as iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys, and many ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Palo Verde National Park River Jungle Safari, Liberia, Day Cruises
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Palo Verde National Park River Jungle Safari

We depart at 7:30 a.m and return to the hotel 2:30 p.m , in small groups of maximum 8 people where service is more personalized. Packages available for groups ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

From USD $120.00
Palo Verde Full Day Combo, Liberia, Nature & Wildlife
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Palo Verde Full Day Combo

Uncover the great wildlife at the Palo Verde National Park by going with an experience guide on a river boat cruise where you will be able to see crocodile, ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Day Trips
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Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Tamarindo

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After driving through the countryside, you will arrive at a destination for a 2-hour cruise along a jungle river, which offers access for exploring Costa ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Costa Rican Wildlife: Palo Verde National Park Private Tour, Liberia, Eco Tours
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Costa Rican Wildlife: Palo Verde National Park Private Tour

On this tour you will take a relaxing riverboat cruise down the famous Tempisque River for an educational wildlife tour. A major feature of the park is the ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $125.00
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch, Tamarindo, Nature & Wildlife
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Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Lunch

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The hydrologic characteristics of the Tempisque River has created conditions to form these international important wetlands ecosystem (Ramsar site). Palo Verde ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.00
River Boat Cruise Tour from Playa Flamingo, Playa Flamingo, Day Trips
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River Boat Cruise Tour from Playa Flamingo

Driving through the country site, you will arrive to enjoy a 2-hour cruise along the river that has the nearest access to Palo Verde National Park. This river ...  Read more

Location: Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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