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Palo Verde Boat Tour provided by Costour

Palo Verde Boat Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
12
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    12
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
We are offering you a very unique and memorable adventure on the Tempisque River surrounding the Palo Verde National Park. This 1.5 hour visual safari on one of the longest rivers in Costa Rica is rich with wildlife and vegetation. This is the best nature tour in Costa Rica! This is a great opportunity to admire several animals in their natural habitat such as white face monkeys, crocodiles, wild turkeys, howler monkeys, coatis, herons, long nose bats and more. The river is the habitat for more than 100 migratory birds. This is why we call it "Mother Nature's Surprise Box"! This tour will also bring across sugar cane country, where you will get the chance to see the real local culture and traditions of Guanacaste Costa Rica.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 36300P6
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Guide knowing the PV National Park
  • A typical meal of Costa Rica
  • Entry/Admission - Palo Verde National Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up at any location, villas, condos and hotels in the Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama, Playa Ocotal and other locations possible.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Guide knowing the PV National Park
  • A typical meal of Costa Rica
  • Entry/Admission - Palo Verde National Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up at any location, villas, condos and hotels in the Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama, Playa Ocotal and other locations possible.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Palo Verde National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Admire the flora and fauna of Costa Rica on Rio Tempisque.
    Read more
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
32 reviews
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Brett L
1 contribution
Jan 2022
If you are on the fence about this tour - I'm here to tell you to jump off and plunge into this amazing adventure. Everything from the greeting when we first arrived to our tour guide and driver on the actual boat tour, to the traditional Costa Rican lunch was A+.

Our kids (age ten and eight) love it, my wife and I loved it and my mother in law loved it. We saw Croc's up close, we saw monkeys and iguanas, not to mention the various birds that lined the river banks. This is a first class operation and I cannot recommend it enough.
Written 19 January 2022
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Sunnydk40
Puyallup, WA74 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
This was our 2nd tour we took with Costour. We were in Costa Rica for 3 weeks and did the other tour before getting married with some of our friends that came to our wedding. We liked it so much we decided to do another with them on the start of our honeymoon. Pepito was our guide again and it ended up just being my husband and I on the tour. He stopped and showed us the "Sandmen" working in the river. Men that are sand mining the river using carts and Oxen for the use of making concrete housing and other uses. It was really interesting. We went on our tour on the river and saw several crocodiles which was exciting. Saw both White face and Howler monkeys, lots of iguanas and tons of birds. Being the end of Feb it was nice and hot so the weather was great.
Pepito took us to lunch at a cute little place in a village I believe was called Ortega, but could be wrong. We got to pull a cashew fruit off a tree and try it with lunch. Definitely an acquired taste. One bite and it sucks all the moisture out of your mouth. Lol The food was great as usual and afterwards they gave us homemade passion fruit with mint ice cream. Soooo good!
We got back in the van to head out and Pepito with a mischievous look on his face started digging into a small cooler. I laughed and commented on his look and he pulled out a couple of wine glasses and some Moscato. His wife Carolyn (sp) and him had packed it up for us to celebrate newly being married there. It was so sweet! Such a thoughtful touch for them to do that. Things like that go a long way. 😊
He stopped and let us take picts a few times on the way home. I like how he doesn't rush to get to the tour and rush to take you back home. You can tell he likes what he does. We went on another tour earlier in our trip with another outfit and it was to go there and back and I couldn't even tell you the guys name.
We will definitely be back to tour with him again in the future. We liked him so much I gave him a big hug when he dropped us off. Thanks Pepito & Carolyn
Written 14 March 2021
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Ali R
Daytona Beach Shores, FL67 contributions
Mar 2020
Punctuality, professionalism and excellence is the name of the Tour guide, however, you can call him GUILLERMO. He is FIVE STARS Amazing! He stopped along the way whenever there was an unusual photo op, and took his time in explaining to us (English and Spanish) what it was what we were seeing, where did all begin, why it was done the way it was, and the pride and passion for what he does shines through.

The boat tour down the Tempisque River was explained in details, and he would point out to every creature that we saw, their roots, their habits, and even why crocodiles keep their mouth open when sunbathing giving the appearance of a smile. We even got to see an iguana with TWO tails! The boat ride is nice and easy thanks to Captain Manuel who also maneuvered the boat for great pictures, and as if saving the best thing for last, after the boat tour, GUILLERMO took us to the Palo Verde Restaurant, enjoying local cuisine at its best. The black beans were to die for, even my Cuban Grandmother would have approved.

This was an amazing tour. DO NOT MISS!
Written 7 March 2020
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jeffro45
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a great tour today with our fabulous guide/driver Rodman. From the moment he picked us up this morning to the time he dropped us off at end of tour we had a wonderful time. He was so knowledgeable and very happy to answer our questions. He pointed out various attractions on the way to the boat tour. He even made a short unscheduled stop so someone could take a picture of a street name. The boat tour itself was so much fun. One never knows what animals we are going to see. The amount of birds is amazing and some of them are absolutely gorgeous and colourful. Seeing the crocodile with his mouth wide open, and he looked like a statue, was treat. The best part was the white faced monkeys. Afterwards we had a lovely Costa Rican traditional lunch. Yummy and then time to go home. A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you Costours and Radom.
Written 28 February 2020
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aeginaangels
Long Island City, NY3 contributions
Jan 2020
This was great day tour-not just the cool river crusie where you will see aweosme crocdiles and monkeys and iguanas-But you have authentic lunch in a village-great day-do it!
Written 11 February 2020
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Abbysgrandma
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Chose Costour to book our trip to Palo Verde Boat Tour. It was terrific ! We were a family of 4 adults and 3 children. Our guides, Pepito and Renaldo, made us feel like family. We stopped to listen to howler monkeys, stopped to show us a cashew tree, and stopped to watch men at work with oxen. All before we reached our destination. The Boat Tour was great. We saw crocodiles one the shore and in the water, white faced monkeys, many many birds, iguanas , bats. After the tour , they took us back to the family restaurant for lunch. We had plates and plates of authentic local food that was delicious. I would recommend Costour for your next trip. Professional, knowledgeable and treat you like family
Written 5 February 2020
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Ron M
Mississauga, Canada331 contributions
Alex Monjarre of The Park4You Travel arranged a custom tour for our group of six from Playas Del Coco combining the Palo Verde River Cruise, the sloth and animal/nature sanctuary at Tenorio Volcano and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall; and...Palo Verde was definitely the highlight! Up close and personal is the theme while cruising the river in a pontoon boat and enjoying a beverage or two! Crocs, blue herrings, Iguanas and Howler Monkeys were all sighted along with black neck stilts, a bare throat tiger herron, a green kingfisher and long nosed bats, all along the shores of the Bebedero River! This was an awesome day enjoying Costa Rica nature; and at a very reasonable price per person, especially when compared to individual excursion prices!
Written 3 February 2020
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Jessica
Blaine, MN1 contribution
Jan 2020
We have gone on this tour twice and it was amazing both times, I cannot recommend it enough. Both times we have been there they introduced us to most of their family(they are all super nice), and served an amazing authentic tico meal. This time we were there, we saw so many animals and got REALLY up close with them. We got so close to a crocodile I thought it would bite our hands off if we stuck them out. The best part was seeing the white faced monkeys, they posed for pictures and played together. I got some amazing pictures.
Written 29 January 2020
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Ohioaggie
Bay Village, OH38 contributions
Found their website through trip advisor and booked direct with tour operator since we had our own transportation. Drove to their office location using google maps as our guide, which was extremely accurate. Once at their office and all tourists arrived for our time slot, we caravanned to the river which was about a 15 minute drive. Once at the river we each paid a park entry fee of $9/person.

Then the fun began. We got on the boat. All were required to where life jackets. Then we went up and down the river for 90 minutes and saw everything as promised. White face monkeys howler monkeys, crocodiles, all kinds of beautiful birds, lizards, iguanas and thankfully no snakes! Manuel was an awesome boat driver and got us within 10 feet of the white face monkeys. Francisco was our guide and was very knowledgeable about the river habitat.

Once done, we drove back to the office for an excellent typical Costa Rican lunch. Our tour started late but they made sure we got what we paid for. This is our 10th trip to Costa Rica and this is a must see!
Written 17 January 2020
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Alden B
2 contributions
Dec 2019
We had a blast with Jorge on the Palo Verde Boat Tour! He picked us up at our place, entertained us on the hour and half long drive, and knew all about the wildlife on the river. The lunch served after the tour was also fantastic, and the pottery demonstration was interesting. Jorge speaks English, French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, has a great sense of humor, and knows everything about the area. We would recommend this tour to anyone!
Written 29 December 2019
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