Things to do in Province of Guanacaste
Palo Verde National Park
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The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
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Lavi R
Playa del Carmen, Mexico43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited early in the am, before the boat loads of tourist arrive and the heat descends . We saw a ton of wild life - crocodiles, king fishers, heron, iguanas, basilisk lizard, capuchin monkeys and long nosed coati. Amazing eco-system !
Written 4 August 2023
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jarjar5606
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We rented a car and drove to palo verde on some very bumpy farm road for more than two hours from playa conchal. We saw we were getting lost because the GPS directed us through the sugar cane fields instead of the highway. But the drive was interesting despite being very bumpy and dusty as we saw framers working in the field and some animals. When we got to the national park, there was only one another car besides us. We had to pay almost $14 for each adult and $6 for each child to get into the park. Very expensive for a national park. The guy at the entrance spoke no English but luckily the other tourist spoke Spanish and was able to translate for us. We were told to drive to the river and wait for the boat. After driving for about 10-15 minutes, the road was blocked by a falling tree. it was very strange because the tree seems like it had been there for some time and the guy at the entrance told us nothing about it. We drove back to the entrance and the guy said he would call someone to cut down the tree but would take 30 minutes and plus another 30 minutes to drive to the river, there was no way we would be able to make it on time for the boat ride. We decided to drive back to our resort.

On our way back to the resort we got stopped by police asking for donations to the local police. He spoke no English but said something like my child didn’t have the proper car seat I think then handed us a piece of paper with English asking for donation. After giving him $5 he said no problem for the car seat and let us go!
Written 1 April 2023
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frandockery
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Another fabulous trip to the Palo Verde National Park with Mardigi Tours. I have brought all my guests on this adventure to see crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and so many birds. Marvin has such an eagle eye to find all these natural inhabitants. This had to be at least my fifth time visiting the park with Marvin and I have enjoyed it every time!
Written 8 February 2023
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Andy K
Canada61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A beautiful river cruise that lets your observe crocodiles, monkeys, Iguanas and a wide variety of birds. A must to do!!!
Written 22 January 2023
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ancas15
185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We visited a villa where we enjoyed fruit and lunch. The tilapia was delicious. We then proceeded on a boat tour. Spotted so many crocs and animals. We then visited a farm and saw a demo of sugar cane. We then finished our tour by spending time at Coco Beach.

Great tour!
Written 21 January 2023
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Vancouver, Canada4,444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
We used Get Lost in Costa Rica to enjoy a private boat tour. It was wonderful to have a terrific guide share the wonders of the animals who live by the water. We saw bats, crocodiles, birds, monkeys. The captain of the boat was great to get up close to the wildlife for us to take pictures. The road to the park is mainly unpaved. The boats are in fairly good condition, and open air.
Written 9 December 2022
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Linda M
Lincoln, NE14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We are saying at the "W" Costa Rica Playa Conchal and booked a private tour with Swiss Travel for this area. Our tour guide, Hernan Bolanos, was wonderful. His knowledge of wildlife, the history and the culture of Costa Rica was very informative. Between he and the boat driver, with their eagle eyes, we identified many new birds and animals. Our tour also included time at El Viejo, a cultural center where we ate, learned about making rum (and had tastings) as well as made tortillas. An educationalabd fun day. We were already enthralled with CR, but his enthusiasm for his country heightened our appreciation. Thank-you Swiss Travel and Hernan
Written 1 December 2022
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Solo Traveller
Revelstoke, Canada777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A great park to view via mountain bike! Park your vehicle at the entrance and ride the relatively flat road way to different hiking trails, that spur off the main road. Bring lots of water, lunch and bug spray. Lots of amazing wildlife throughout the Park!
Written 12 October 2022
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Gill-1959
Smithville, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We did a boat tour with Costour Plenty of wildlife to see. Our guide Felix, AKA, eagle eye, spotted so many things and pointed them out to us that just looking on our own would have missed.
The boat tour is approx. 1.5 hours long. Followed by a beautiful typical Costa Rican lunch.
Written 27 April 2022
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Cheryl P
Stamford, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Fantastic trip highly recommend the river boat trip...can't believe how many 🐊 we saw plus other fascinating wildlife. We opted to organise this trip via Randy at Costa Rica Excursions ..super private tour with driver Emilio and Oscar who was a great chap totally engaged with their environent and the animals and their tour guide. We saw the raw Costa Rica . Finished off with a relaxing hot spring at the MiraValles volcanoe . Pura Vida !@
Written 23 April 2022
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