Palo Verde National Park, Province of Guanacaste

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National Park
At Palo Verde National Park, explore a protected area that contains diverse landscape varieties, from tropical dry forests to swampy wetlands. A haven for birdwatchers, the park boasts a variety of local bird species such as egrets, herons, ibises, and storks, as well as migrant birds in the wet season. Hiking along the Tempisque river, you might spot coatis, white tailed deer, crocodiles, howler monkeys, and capuchins. Enjoy a boat tour on the river, visit Bird Island, or try cycling across the park. Make Palo Verde National Park a centerpiece of your Bagaces vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bagaces trip itinerary planner.
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  • We visited the park but only for a boat tour, it was fun and it is very lush and we saw white faced monkeys, crocodiles and many birds.  more »
  • Took a boat tour on Tempescue River. We saw crocodiles (saw one large croc take a piccary (wild boar) off the river bank), white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, bats, macaws, etc. At Hacienda El Viejo ...  more »
  • We took a small boat ride on the River Tempisque, and there we saw many animals. The guides were friendly, there was no food for animals (as I've seen elsewhere). We saw several species of birds, white-faced monkeys and crocodiles. Half a day to do business.
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  • Beautiful place but frustratingly difficult to park at or get proper information about getting around to the different trails and the boat launch.
  • Visiting Palo Verde takes nearly an hour-long drive on the worst road we experienced in Costa Rica, albeit the countryside is beautiful. The lagoon straddling the park is surely the world's largest mosquito breeding pond, hence the cloud of them that followed us despite hefty doses of DEET; interestingly enough, the constant swarm of mosquitos was infused with a swarm of dragonflies. The hiking trails were in very rough shape with obstacles and debris, but admittedly we didn't last long under the crush of mosquitos and had to retreat to the car to nurse the countless bites. Terribly disappointing park, but glad some other reviewers found it enjoyable, even if I can't imagine how. Overall Costa Rica is a beautiful country and some of their other parks are excellent.
  • Beautiful place with so much to see
  • We drove ourselves and found the place!! The boat excursion was very good as got some great pictures of Iguanas , White face Capucians and lots of Crocodiles. Worth the trip to see.
  • A beautiful place to get close to nature while floating down the river.