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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
$104.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great trip
Knowledge of the guide. Wildlife such as monkeys, birds, crocs etc.. Butterflies and unusual bats. Went after for a snack at a farm.
Annette_A, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Guanacaste and Northwest

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Eddy is superb tour...
mary_s, Aug 2022
Palo Verde National Park River Safari
Eddy is superb tour guide! Fun energetic and made the trip more than expected. Highly recommend this tour!
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Palo verde river cruise
Liz_W, Jul 2022
Palo Verde Boat Safari
Luis did an excellent job! He was polite, knowledgeable, and helpful. He went above and beyond! He even had us stop at a traditional pottery workshop. The river cruise was good and we saw crocodiles, monkeys, and birds.
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Great Wildlife Tour
Stacey_D, May 2022
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
The guide and the boat captain were both very friendly and knowledgeable. They worked diligently to find as many examples of wildlife as they could. I highly recommend this adventure!
star-5
Great Authentic Nature Experience in Guanacaste
Moritz_D, Apr 2022
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour
We had a great trip. Saw a lot of wildlife (crocodile, monkeys, birds and iguanas). The tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable.
star-5
Amazing Tour!
Amy_Q, Mar 2022
Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
We had a fantastic day! Henry was so knowlegeable about everything! He knew very interesting facts on the animals we saw. He also knew tons about local vegitation and local history. We also stopped at a local ranch for coffee brewed right at our table and homemade rice pudding. We highly recommond this tour!
star-5
Great tour, knowledgeable guide and tasty food!
Shelley_W, Mar 2022
Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Tamarindo
Loved seeing all the monkeys in the wild. The crocodiles were out as well. So glad we got to see so much. The brunch afterwards was amazing. Our guide Rainer was so knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely recommend!
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River safari
Daniel_B, Feb 2022
Palo Verde Wildlife Tour from Playa Hermosa-Coco Beach
We had a knowledgeable driver/guide who knows the history of Costa Rica, the wildlife on the river and shared a lot about the culture. We had a great pilot on the boat and got us close to the birds, crocs and monkeys. The traditional lunch at the ranch was extra special and very tasty.
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Don't miss this one!
Jeff_P, May 2022
Palo Verde National Park River Safari
Very good excursion that all should try. Very informed guide and fun boat caption. Lots of wildlife! Plenty of crocodiles and bird life. We added the coffee, pottery, and lunch to our excursion as well which was well worth the experience. The lunch was very good and prepared at a "Soda" which was a super experience. The coffee guy was quite proud of his expertise with coffee and was willing to talk your ear off about it but I must mention that we did purchase some coffee and when we got home and tried it was fantastic! The pottery demo was very interesting and unique. This was a fantastic experience and very fun and educational.
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A real taste of Costa Rica
Federico_C, Feb 2022
Palo Verde Boat Tours, Ortega
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.
star-4
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, Ortega
Staff was very friendly and did a great job finding and getting us close to wildlife. Food after the boat ride was excellent.
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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
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Palo Verde National Park?