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“Got to see lots of animals”

Palo Verde National Park
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Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park
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Owner description: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

My wife and I had a fun time on the riverboat. Our guide, Mark, from Mardigi Tours was very educated on wildlife. We took the boat upstream and then downstream and were able to see bats, birds, crocodiles, iguanas and of course the infamous basilik lizard or as the locals call the Jesus Christ lizard. It's a tiny lizard that walks on water. We docked for a few minutes and hung out with white face monkeys and a couple came onto the boat. Great photo ops and I highly recommend. Great lunch provided during the trip.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

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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Reviewed 21 May 2014

It's not hard getting to. A unpaved rocky road is a little troublesome but not undo able. The docking area is were all the boats come in. The boats can seat 9 people and has life vests. It's a leisurely ride seeing some croc's ,birds, iguana's,monkey's. About 2 hours. We experienced a low tide going out but coming back we were stuck at a spot because of very very low tide to the point we could not return to the dock without a swamp boat that skimmed along the soupy mud mess. It took us an hour to wait our turn to be ferried back. We were not in danger at anytime. Our tour included a very delicious Tico meal (choice of fish,beef,chicken,drinks and dessert) at Palo Verde Boat Tours restaurant. Seems everyone on different tours went there.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

7. Palo Verde O.T.S. (Organisation for Tropical Studies), Palo Verde National Park – 4 out of 5
This was the most basic place we stayed in Costa Rica but consequently felt a bit more like the real – 25km of bumpy road from anywhere, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and a serious need to check your shoes for scorpions and the path for snakes. If a tarantula hole next to your front door is not going to bring you joy this place may not be for you but we wouldn’t have missed it. The guide Sergei is excellent – we learnt huge amounts about the dry forest and bird-filled wetlands during our free guided walk and the chef is also good – it’s set meals so just as well. The wildlife is truly spectacular and up close – white-faced capuchins crossing the track in front of you, caracaras and great curassows outside the window at breakfast, crocs and mud turtles beside thousands of whistling ducks on the wetland with a huge assortment of other waterbirds. Soaring wood storks probably our favourite although the roseate spoonbill and bare-throated tiger heron might have been best twitch. It’s also fun to chat about the crocs with the guy who’s studying them (young ones he can grab, the larger will let you lasso them and then after 5 minutes or so struggle settle down and can be measured… After you.)

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We went a bit after the crowds were gone and basically were the only ones in the boat and on the river. Saw a lot of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, tropical birds, etc - all very close up.

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