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Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Guanacaste: Palo Verde National Park Jungle River Cruise

1. Guanacaste: Palo Verde National Park Jungle River Cruise

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.

Palo Verde & Guatil: Jungle Boat Tour, Pottery & Lunch

2. Palo Verde & Guatil: Jungle Boat Tour, Pottery & Lunch

Discover the birds and biodiversity of Palo Verde National Park on this boat tour with lunch. Complete your tour with a stop in Guaitil, known for its pottery, for an authentic Costa Rican experience. Start with an early morning pickup at a location provided by you. The natural hydrologic system of the Tempisque River creates the perfect conditions for exotic wildlife to thrive. As a result, Palo Verde is a refuge for hundreds of resident birds and a wide variety of migratory species. Board a river boat for a leisurely cruise along the Tempisque. Admire the park’s beauty while a naturalist guide tells you about its unique ecosystem. This cruise is perfect for bird watchers. Nature lovers can also get a close look at howler and capuchin monkeys. Spot crocodiles on the riverside. After a cruise down the Tempisque River, give yourself a well-earned break. Feast on a delicious traditional lunch. Continue to your next stop, the artisan village of Guaitil. Learn about the history of Chorotegan Indians of Guaitil. Watch local artists as they make pottery, a heritage of their Pre-Columbian ancestors. Step back into a thousand years of tradition with a visit to this indigenous village. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, once the 5-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.

Tamarindo: Palo Verde National Park Tour

3. Tamarindo: Palo Verde National Park Tour

Discover the beauty of one of the most important ecosystems in Costa Rica on a guided tour of the Palo Verde National Park. Enjoy a boat ride along the wetlands of the Tempisque River and visit a small village where you can find traditional pottery art. Step inside Palo Verde, which consists of a dry forest, wetland, and mangrove swamp, and is populated with big iguanas, crocodiles, and large groups of howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys.  See the rare jabiru, the largest bird in Central America, white ibis, parrots, and blue herons. With over 300 bird species, the park is considered one of Costa Rica's top bird sanctuaries.  Explore the park from a different perspective as you cruise on a boat during a 2-hour ride along the wetlands of the Tempisque River. Enjoy a delicious, healthy, and traditional lunch consisting of rice, beans, salad, and a choice of meat, chicken, or fish. Sip on on rich Costa Rican coffee after lunch. At the end of the tour, visit a small village where you can find and buy typical handcrafted pottery, supporting the local artisans.

From Guanacaste: Tempisque River Cruise with Fruit Platter

4. From Guanacaste: Tempisque River Cruise with Fruit Platter

Enjoy a leisurely riverboat ride along the largest river in Guanacaste, the Tempisque River. Spot native wildlife, sample local tropical fruits, and explore lesser-known trails in the Palo Verde National Park. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the courtyard of La Casona Hotel for a platter of local tropical fruits. Then, follow the forest road through hidden trails and tranquil rivers to reach the starting point for your cruise. Hop onboard the canopy-covered boat that will take you through the Palo Verde National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as the roseate spoonbill and the mythical jabiru stork. You can also observe crocodiles and white capuchin monkeys before returning to your hotel at the end of the cruise.

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What people are saying about Palo Verde National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Great morning, very enjoyable! The boat driver was very good and pointed out lots of neat birds, crocodiles and monkeys for us. Our tour guide Freddy was great!!!

We felt so comfortable on this tour. The drivers and guides are so friendly! We saw all kinds of birds, the white faced capuchin monkey, iguanas, and crocodiles!

Excellent door to door service and fantastic trip down the river with a great guide and boat captain

A great experience without a doubt. We had a great time and learned many things, thanks Nacho!

Great knowledgeable guides. Spotless transport van.