Palo Verde is a very big park, which by nature lovers should be visited at least for a few days. You can enter the main park from the north or take boat rides from the east or south west. When travelling with small kids we decided the latter to limit walking. It's a 1h ride on dirt roads to get to the sleepy village of Puerto Humo.
We arrived around afternoon so there were already no crowds (usually arriving early morning). We knew there will be a bit less to see, but aimed to have a less crowdy experience. It was nice to see we were not ripped off by the boat agent and we got a bigger priviate boat for our family for a price <2 people joining a crowd. Having the boat to our own use allow the guide to tailor the trip to our preference.
We did see a lot of birds, monkeys, aligators in an amazing scenery. Really worth the bumpy ride. Having said that I can image it can turn in to a nightmare visit if you are on crowdy boat, floating for 2-3 hours and on a mandatory lunch. We took 1h+ trip with no lunch , private boat and enjoyed every minute of it. The kids loved it.
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