• Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Explore the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Palo Verde National Park! Cruise along the Bebedero River and through the park’s swamps and lagoons, where you can spot resident wildlife like colorful birds, howler monkeys, iguanas, anteaters and even crocodiles. Discover the park’s many different ecosystems, and learn birdwatching tips from your local guide. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch are included on this 8-hour day trip.


  • Day trip to Palo Verde National Park
  • Boat trip down the Bebedero River
  • Wide variety of animal species including monkeys, anteaters and crocodiles
  • Different types of ecosystems and vegetation
  • Great bird watching experience
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

What You Can Expect

Costa Rican Wildlife in Palo Verde National Park

See wildlife in Costa Rica!

Nestled at the northern tip of the Gulf of Nicoya in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica, Palo Verde National Park boasts a unique combination of marshy wetlands and tropical dry forest. This dual ecosystem creates an unusual habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Your tour of this natural reserve begins with early morning pickup at your Conchal or Papagayo hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive to the park.
Once inside the park, hop aboard a boat for a leisurely cruise down the Bebedero River. Your naturalist guide will provide birdwatching tips to help you spot and identify species like the tropical king bird, tiger heron, roseate spoonbill and American woodstock. As you explore the park’s diverse habitats among mangroves, swamps, and lagoons, keep an eye out for other animals that reside here, such as howler monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles.
Learn about the unique landscapes and biodiversity of the park from your guide as you explore this beautiful natural reserve. Hear how the park got its name from the abundant palo verde, or horse bean, that grows in the surrounding deciduous and evergreen forests. After your boat ride, enjoy a tasty lunch with your group before the return drive to your hotel.

Please note: In the event that there are not enough tour participants, you may be offered a longer alternative tour that includes a stop at a coffee plantation and tortilla factory in addition to the boat ride in Palo Verde National Park.

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Customer Reviews

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Saw a lot of white faced monkeys, crocodiles, birds, iguanas and even bats. It was a good trip and great for viewing the wildlife.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Great tour, amazing food! Thought there would be more birds, guide was extremely knowledgeable, the long ride is worth it, you can nap. Saw crocs, iguanas, snake, monkeys (far though), Jesus Christ lizards (funny and cute), flamingos, take this tour!

Dennis Y

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2016

Didn't really get to see many animals.

Danielle R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2015

I am not completely sure how I feel about this tour. Viator was not very clear in the description of what this trip would entail. I love animals, so I booked this tour, solely so I could see animals. I did see animals, but it just felt incomplete. We spent an hour and a half cruising down a boat in a river, and after that, we ate lunch and went to another stop to see how coffee and tortillas are made. This is where I felt misled. Nowhere in Viator's description does it list the length of the boat ride, or does it mention the coffee and tortilla stop. I don't even like coffee!!! Had I known that we would spend such a limited amount of time at the park, I would have booked a completely different tour with another company. Again, I purchased so I could see wildlife hence the name of the tour, not learn about coffee or tortillas! I did see monkeys, so it was not a complete waste. However, if you're like me, and you want to see an abundance of animals, don't book this tour! You'll spend a short time at the park, and then be dragged off to learn about something that you didn't ask or pay to learn about. I feel very short changed.

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