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“Lots of animals”

Palo Verde National Park
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Palo Verde National Park Riverboat Cruise from Tamarindo
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Owner description: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
Sacramento, California
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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Lots of animals”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Booked a last minute boat tour from our hotel (Riu Guinacaste) and glad we did! We went in August. The boat tour was relaxing as all we did was sit on the boat. Our guide was great and pointed out many creatures including red-winged grasshoppers, capuchin monkeys, termite nests, lots of iguanas, probiscus bats (well-camouflaged right in front of our eyes), etc. Great chance to see the animals!

Visited August 2013
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“Hot, dusty and wonderful”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

We went at the end of the dry season and spent a day hiking in the park. In addition to capuchin monkeys, we saw white-faced coatis, a family of raptors, and large numbers of waterfowl. The roads on the way in are dirt/rock and we were glad we'd rented a 4WD SUV. The trails are not always well marked: keep an eye out for the orange tape on the trees.

Visited April 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“THE place to see creatures, on the West side.”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Upon arriving at the Pacific coast, I discovered that the West-side of the continental divide is not really rain-forest territory. Mucho irrigation and cattle! Palo Verde's River Safari trip was my high-light, with the variety of birds, alligators and monkeys.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Tom S
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Portland Oregon
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176 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Crocs and Monkeys oh my”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Our river boat experience was worthwhile. We saw lat least 10 or so crocs, 20 various monkeys , huge iguanas and bats all in 1 hour. We also did the inclusive lunch with the river boat company and the stop at the pottery stand. However I hear that in outside of the rainy season, the density of the animals is much less.

Visited March 2014
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Going Down The River”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

It is a 7:00 a.m. pick up from the Barcelo Langosta. We had prebooked with Mardigi Tours at home and we were glad we did. Mark was a super funny, informative and full of incredible energy. Our driver, Manuel, the driver, was also very helpful along the way. There was only one other couple and we hit it off from the very beginning.Along the road we saw lots of Howler monkeys. Enjoyed the cashew story and the lady who shared some from her tree along the side of the road.The boat trip included seeing many native birds as close as the boat could get us, white faced monkeys, crocodiles and we saw folks fishing along the river. The largest croc we saw was a twelve footer lying in the sun along the shore. None of us got out to take a closeup! I was sure the boat hit a croc, but they assured me it was just the bottom of the river that we hit. That was the closest I have been to crocs and I must admit I was a bit nervous. The boat driver was excellent and did his very best to help us see everything that he could find. Mark was just so into the whole experience that it was contagious. We went back to the restaurant we had lunch (part of charge for trip) at the restaurant we had pit stopped at on the way and had a lovely Costa Rican meal. The place was very clean and a very local atmosphere. We visited a pottery making place after that and enjoyed watching a local potter make his wares. There were several other local pottery places along the same area with much of the same type pieces. Here, you knew you were getting authentic goods that were signed by the artists. It was definitely a very informative day and we had so much full attention from the drivers and guides, that it made it intimate and relaxed. We shared a lot of laughs and small groups like this is definitely the way to go. I highly recommend this company and we enjoyed our Palo Verde trip very much.

Visited February 2014
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