Palo Verde National Park, Province of Guanacaste

(4.3/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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 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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  • Directions bad as visit a park in Andalusia in middle of August... arid and dry up to tire the only thing good boat trip and completely dedicated local guides becoming a fruitful walk went with great enthusiasm and we went after the boat trip on the wrong indicated routes
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  • We arrived at the park and were greeted by a man who. Could only pay cash ($ 14 pp) and the exchange money he kept like itself. With hands and feet explained that we came to see birds and hiking. Then we got some advice. We are the park entered with our rental car, first drove to the end of the road, we came up against a lot of lizards and a single bird, at the river arrived there was no boat to sail organized by the park but by individuals. We could take a boat trip of an hour for $50. That we found too expensive, we have not done so. Then atvies of the employee of the park a walk started, it soon became apparent that the path was impassable by fallen trees and lack of maintenance. Then hatched at a jetty in the water, that was beautiful, we have also a number of birds seen. After another walk to a rock, the path was very poorly maintained and there were a number of dangerous points where you could fall down easily, there was once a rope along tense but that now lay on the ground. In short this park is on dangerous points, very bad kept absolutely not worth to visit.
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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.