Palo Verde National Park Wild Life

Palo Verde National Park

Palo verde, Costa Rica wild  life tour
The real wild life in Costa Rica

Costa Rica wild life tour

Boat trip on the Tempisque River

Palo verde Costa Rica Wild life tour

One of the best wildlife and bird watching spots in Costa Rica!
On this half day tour you will ride in a boat along the longest river in the northwest side of the country and be able to discover a high diversity of wildlife.
Throughout the tour, you will see many species of native and foreign birds during their migration, as well as crocodiles, white face and howler monkeys, iguanas, bats, among other exotic animals. Palo Verde is best known as a bird-watchers' paradise, more than 300 bird species have been recorded, not least great curassows and the only permanent colony of scarlet macaws
in the dry tropics. At least a quarter of a million wading birds and waterfowl flock here in fall and winter, when much of the arid alluvial plain swells into a lake. A boat will take you through out the Tempisque River.
After the boat ride you will be able to enjoy a great typical costarrican lunch.


A/C Transportation, Bilingual Guide, Refreshments and Lunch, Entrance fee to the National Park and boat ride.

What to bring:

Comfortable shoes and clothes, Binoculars (if possible), Camera, Bug Repellent and Money (for gratuities & shopping)

Costa Rica wild life tour


palo verde costa rica wild life tour

In 1968 the Palo Verde area was chosen as a dry forest site for an OTS project on comparative ecosystem studies funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. This area is one of the few in Central America with remnants of tropical dry forest.

Due to the seasonal concentration of wading birds in its wetlands and the protection of last remnants of neotropical dry forest, the government of Costa Rica declared the site as a National Wildlife Refugee in 1977. In 1980, an adjacent property was aggregated to the conservation unit, and since then both the wildlife refugee and the new propriety become to form what today is known as Palo Verde National Park, with a total extension of 19,800 Ha.

Before becoming a National Park, Palo Verde had been a cattle ranch for more than 50 years. It is believed that heavy grazing along with seasonal fires were the two main forces keeping the seasonal wetland free of invading plant species, such as cattails.

En 1991, the Park was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance due to: 1) playing an important hydrological, biological and ecological role in the functioning of the Tempisque River Watershed and the Gulf of Nicoya, located 20 km downstream, 2) being a rare wetland within its biogeographic region, 3) having special value for the maintenance of genetic and ecological diversity in the region, 4) serving as valuable habitat for critical periods in the biological cycles of plant and animal species, and 5) hosting on a regular basis a population of over 20,000 waterfowl, including many migratory species such as black-bellied whistling ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis), blue-winged teals (Anas discors), American wigeons (Anas americana), northern shovelers (Anas clypeata) and ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris).

Climate & Location



The annual mean temperature is 81°F (27°C), with a maximum of 99°F (37°C) during the dry season. Palo Verde is classified as tropical dry forest, with an annual mean precipitation of 1500-2000 mm, distributed between June and November. Dry season months from December to April. The rainy season begins in May and lasts until the end of November.





Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Distance from San José: 230 km; 4.5 hours.

Within the Palo Verde National Park on the Pacific slopes of Guanacaste Province in northwestern Costa Rica (10° 21' N, 85° 21 W). The 20,000-hectare park has seasonally dry forest on limestone outcrops and extensive wetland vegetation bordering the Tempisque River that flows into the Gulf of Nicoya.

Getting there

Palo Verde Biological Station is located in the Province of Guanacaste, 1 hour southwest of Bagaces on an unpaved road (28 km, 17 miles), from San José, it is 4.5 hours, from Puntarenas, 3 hours, and from Liberia 1.5 hours. To get there, take Route 1 (Carretera Interamericana) north from San José (follow signs towards Nicaragua) to Bagaces. Once you arrive at Bagaces, go southwest on the unpaved road opposite to the gas station. The gravel road is rough and requires slow travel. You will encounter several forks in the road, follow signs.


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