Palo Verde National Park, Province of Guanacaste

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. Put Palo Verde National Park into our Bagaces trip itinerary builder site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bagaces.
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  • We visited the park independently by 4x4. As with most national parks ID and a fee were required ($12 each). Open 8am -4pm. See the OTS website for more details. The access road is good but once insid...  more »
  • River cruise down in a river with stable, comfortable boat with a roof to protect you from the sun. Just keep necessary limbs out of the water as this river is inhabited by crocodiles. Captain was ver...  more »
  • Booked with Swiss travel at j w Marriott Guanacaste. Kristopher our guide was excellent. He knew his birds and animals and where to find them. He used his own spotting scope to locate wildlife and hel...  more »
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  • One of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful and very good accessible by car. Be aware you have to drive back (despite on the map it look like you can exit at the end of the trail). The park closes at 16:00. So calculate that in.
  • The park is not far from Liberia but it will still take one hour to go with a SUV (Which I strongly advise). With a normal car, it would be a nightmare to reach the park. The entrance cost 12 USD and it is totally worth it. A guide also is strongly recommanded. Otherwise you will hear some noises but you won't know where to look at. Animal that can be seen : Birds, iguanas, crocodiles, horses, snakes, etc...
  • A great place to visit and see wildlife in Guanacaste. We picked it because of the relatively proximity to the resort we stayed at (~2 hour drive). The tour guide, from Swiss Travel, and boat ride was very enjoyable and gave us access that we normally would not have. Rodrigo was knowledgeable of the wildlife and history of Costa Rica. I was amazed by all the topics he covered on the ride to and from Palo Verde. It was definitely a great educational experience for my kids too.
  • A must see! The road from Bagaces (hwy 922) is super rough, we had 4wd, and it would have been passable by car, but I could see where at certain times a car would have a tough time. The fee is $12 (US) and try to have exact amount. The gentleman at the guard house didn't have change and spoke no English (nor should he have to, it's CR not US). Luckily I can hold my own in Espanol, and we worked through it! He was super nice,as are virtually all Ticos, and off we went. We visited late afternoon and saw monkeys, pigs, parrots, pizote, and more. Take the sendero (trail) up to La Rocca to see an amazing view that you won't forget. Don't forget lots of bug repellant, and long sleeves and pants. Also food and water. It's worth the trip. I would personally recommend 4wd, had to use it twice in the park. 2.5 hours from Tamarindo area the day we went (11.29.17). Disfruta!
  • Very interesting view of native birds, monkeys & crocs

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