Guanacaste: Palo Verde National Park Jungle River Cruise

4.7 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Central American Tours

Guanacaste: Palo Verde National Park Jungle River Cruise

Activity provider: Central American Tours

From US$ 108 per person

Take a half-day jungle river cruise in Palo Verde National Park, and experience the wildlife wonders of Costa Rica. Your tour includes round-trip transfer from your Guanacaste hotel.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from your Guanacaste hotel.


  • Explore Palo Verde National Park on a pontoon boat
  • Experience a variety of habitats in one of Central America’s most important wetlands
  • See huge crocodiles, monkeys, and diverse and rare bird species
Full description
Palo Verde National Park encompasses one of the most important wetlands of Central America. You’ll have the opportunity to explore its varied habitats on this half-day jungle river cruise. Throughout the year resident and migrant water birds sharing the mangroves and marshlands with white- tailed deer, coyote, white-nosed coatimundi, howlers, white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles. Wildlife is plentiful here, from tiny hummingbirds feeding at heliconia flowers, to the huge and flamboyant Roseate Spoonbills. Enjoy the countryside as it changes from savannah to plantations and small villages as you make your way to the pontoon boat, which is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to explore Palo Verde. You’ll travel by boat along the Tempisque River, which borders the National Park. You’ll pass through a wide variety of habitats, including pastureland and mangroves. Observe huge crocodiles resting in the sunshine and monkeys moving rapidly through the trees. You’ll see diverse bird species such as the Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, the rare and endangered Jabiru, Blue Heron, White Ibis, and more.
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Boat trip
  • Admission to Palo Verde National Park
  • Contribution to the Bolsón community
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver

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Important information

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  • Please note, a USD 5 contribution to the Bolsón community is included in the tour price when you book
  • Please note that pick-up is not available from Dreams las Mareas, Nosara area, Playa Hermosa, Playa Grande, Sámara or any private residence
  • Your booking will be confirmed once you have supplied your hotel details to arrange the pick-up and drop off service
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Saw monkeys, a capuchin up close. Our driver was able to steer boat into brush and capuchin came up to us, fun to see. Many crocodiles and exotic birds. Also saw several iguanas. After tour, had nice stop for fruit and tasty juice. Long trip however from Tamarindo area but generally worth the drive. We had tour van take us and it was nice not to drive since tour was early morning departure. Enjoyable tour.

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January 11, 2023

Interesting and informative guide through our drive and the boat trip. Saw many "hidden" animals due to good boatman and guide. Guide "called" to howler and capuchin monkeys and encouraged them to come closer for perfect views. One curious capuchin actually came on the roof of our boat to checkout the tourists!

February 22, 2020

Just what I had hoped for. Great for Families-- ages 7 to 77!!

We had a small group and we were able to see crocodiles (even babies), exotic birds, and two kinds of monkeys! Our guide would not give up until we saw the monkeys and it made our day! The guide was fun and shared a lot of great Costa Rica knowledge with us. This was NOT the most expensive river tour, we searched around, but it was THE BEST! (FYI...all tours are on the same river and use the same type of boat so no need to go for the most expensive).

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July 8, 2016

Product ID: 29514