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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  • The Palo verde National Park is located in the Guanacaste province, about 20 kilometers from the center of Bagaces. It can be reached through a road of ballast (a kind of stone) suitable for any type of car during dry season (I don't know in winter). Once you arrive at the park with the first thing that you will find will be booth's Park, where you will have to pay the entrance fee and follow the road within the Park, which is a bit complicated guards (I recommend to go on a high cart, not 4 x 4 but high). This road goes through the entire Park and will allow you to reach the different paths, in which you'll see different species of animals such as white-face monkeys, coatis, agoutis, pacas, and hopefully to deer. The Park also has several lagoons in which you'll see different species of birds. If the time of reaches can reach the Tempisque River and take a trip down this river boat (this trip has an additional cost).    It is important to have in mind that some of the trails are easily accessible but there are several that you will require more physical effort. However these are not equipped for people with disabilities.  With respect to facilities the Park has sanitation well equipped as well as bathrooms, also have rooms which can be reserved where you want to stay and spend the night in the Park (as I pointed out in the guardian (parks, there is the possibility of a hike).   Finally, visit Palo verde is a very beautiful experience for anyone who enjoy walking and the contact with nature.
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  • This is my second time doing the river tour and I highly recommend this tour. What a great way to see some local wildlife in a laid back tour.  more »
  • I too have to give a shout out to Rancho Los Coyotes, but first the tour of the river. It was spectacular! We saw at least 40 crocodiles, two white faced monkey families, numerous birds, bats and liza...  more »
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  • Amazing park! The trails are some of the best I've ever been on. The park staff is SO FRIENDLY. They deserve all the praise in the world! Make sure you buy one of the necklaces from the cook.. he makes them himself and they are beautiful.
  • A great nature park with plenty of wildlife, great views and dense forest. Several trails, with lookout points, and plenty of roads throughout the park to see everything. In addition, there is a paid boat tour available at the far side of the park, with very friendly and knowledgeable staff. On our 80 minute tour we saw alligators, green herons, iguanas and monkeys. Highly recommend paying this park a visit.
  • Great birds and wetlands. Short hike to the lookout rock was well worth the climb to see the view. Amazing iguanas!
  • 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 lagoon alone is worth the trip--we saw stilts, lapwings, hundreds of whistling ducks and egrets, jacana, green herons, and a ringed kingfisher dipping into the water and out into a nearby branch to wash itself.
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