Guanacaste, Costa Rica
7 Hours
English, Spanish
All Year Availability

Join us on our Palo Verde boat tour through one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica. Make your way from your accommodation in Guanacaste to Palo Verde National Park, well known for it’s wetlands and large variety of wildlife. Embark on a 1 hour and 20 minute boat safari on the Tempisque River followed by traditional Costa Rican meal and a visit to the famous Guaitil Pottery village which is well known in Costa Rica and Central America for its pre-Columbian Chorotega style pottery.

Your tour begins at your accommodation within Guanacaste and the coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula, where your tour guide will pick you up from one of the many beaches and townships, starting from Tamarindo all the way up to Playas del Coco and Liberia (full list of pick up spots are listed below). You’ll then make the hour long journey through the back roads of Guanacaste’s Sabanero Province to Palo Verde National Park. Enjoy the scenic drive as we make our way to the banks of the river.

Once we have arrived at Tempisque River on the border of the national park, you will then start your roughly two hour long tour on the river through the murky rivers of this special region. Palo Verde National Park is comprised of over 50% wetlands and is one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica. The national park is home to an abundant of native animals including over 600 species of both local and migratory birds, making it a real treat for bird enthusiasts. Your naturalist guide will be sure to point out all the incredible fauna and flora of this national park as you slowly make your way through the mangroves and winding rivers. On any given day you may be able to view storks, egrets, spoonbills, grebes, scarlet macaws, monkeys, iguanas, anteaters as well as crocodiles and caimans, which can often be seen just around the banks of the river.

With your boat safari complete, we will then be taken to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch called a Casado which includes your choice of entrée, rice, beans, salad, plantains, and more. We are also happy to meet any dietary preferences or restrictions.

Before heading back to your accommodation, we will make one last stop at the Guaitil Pottery Village, well known in these parts as the pottery capital of Costa Rica. Here you will learn and be shown the ancient techniques of hand crafted pre-Columbian Chorotega style pottery, using methods and traditions that have been passed down for centuries within the Chorotegan culture. You may even be able to purchase some of this beautiful pottery to take back with you if you so choose!

Finally, make your way back to your accommodation where your tour will conclude.

PICK UP TIME 6:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M. (depending on pick up)
END TIME Approximately 2:00PM.
BRING Comfortable shoes, rain jacket or poncho (incase of rain), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, repellent, reusable bottle, camera, additional money for purchases (optional).
Return Transportation Bilingual guide
Lunch & Water Boat Tour of Palo Verde
Tour guide gratuity (optional)

This tour operates rain or shine. Please use reusable water bottles on this tour as we do not like to bring single use plastic into the national park. We have a large water container to refill reusable water bottles and can provide reusable bottles too if you don’t have one.

Pick ups are available from the following hotels, accommodation, and beaches: Hacienda Pinilla, JW Marriott, Langosta/Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, Potrero, RIU Hotels (bring copy of passport), Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama, Planet Hollywood, Andaz, Four Seasons, and Liberia Peri Supermarket. Please state your accommodation when booking this tour. If your accommodation falls outside of the pick up area, then we will help arrange a pick up location where you can meet your driver/guide.

Pick ups from the Dreams Las Mareas will be an additional $200.00 per booking (not customer) and pick ups from the Andaz, Four Seasons, and Planet Hollywood will require an additional $50.00 per booking (not customer) – these fees are to be paid after booking the tour. We do not charge your card until closer to the time of booking.

Young children aged between 0 – 4 years of age are free of charge.

Private tours for groups are available on request – please use the contact form on our contact page to request a quote. Tour is subject to minimum numbers of 2 adult passengers – if numbers are not met, then you will be put on stand by until we can confirm or arrange an alternative date of departure.

Cancellations must be made a full 48 hours prior to the tour embarking, otherwise a penalty of 100% will be applied. Likewise there will also be a 100% penalty for no shows.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdult, Child, Infant



Picked up from your hotel or designated meeting point and then travel eastwards to Palo Verde National Park, via the backroads of Guanacaste’s Sabanero Pronvince (well known as cowboy country in Costa Rica).



After a scenic drive arrive at the Tempisque River to begin your roughly 1 hour and 20 minute boat tour through Palo Verde National Park. Your trained eye will be sure to point out the many species of animals that occupy these wetlands including monkeys, iguanas, anteaters, crocodiles, caimans, along with countless species of birds.



With your boat tour complete, we will take you to enjoy a most delicious, traditional Costa Rica lunch.



On our way back to the accommodation, a stop at the the Guaitil Pottery Village, where you will learn about the ancient techniques of crafting hand crafted pre-Columbian Chorotega style pottery. Feel free to purchase one or two pieces of this unique and beautiful pottery (own expense).



Arrive back at your accommodation in Guanacaste where your tour will conclude.

* Please note that all times are approximations

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