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Palo Verde is located in the north of the province, in one of the driest areas of Costa Rica. Specifically, it is an 80-minute drive from Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. Created in 1978 and covering no less than 184 km2, it is probably the most ambiguous park of Costa Rica. It is both a spectacular wetland and one of the world's remaining dry tropical forests. It is a mix of mangroves, lagoons, swamps, bushes and mixed forests.
The park is literally the kingdom of a multitude of endemic and migratory birds of Central America. There are a lot of tropical bird species that nest on a small mangrove island in Rio Tempisque: egrets, black-crowned herons, wood storks, pink spoonbills and many more. It is also home to other animals including: Howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, deer, squirrels, porcupines, white-nosed coatis, white-tailed deer, etc. As for the Rio Tempisque River, it is crocodiles measuring no less than 5 meters long that populate it.
The best ways to discover the park is by hiking trails and by having boat trips. Concerning bird watching and other wildlife, it is at its best during the dry season (December to May) because there is not much vegetation that obstructs visibility. If you are a person who likes to observe birds and/or take pictures, we advise you to put this park at the top of your itinerary. It is also one of the best places in Costa Rica to observe native wildlife. You will be able to do all that during the opening hours of the park which are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You will have to pay a $12 fee to enter the park. A tip before considering the visit: take your binoculars or your camera with you.
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