Distance from San José: About 190 km (119 miles) / about 3.5 hours
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Date of foundation: December 27, 1982
Size: 16.804 hectares
North of the city of Cañas, at the Río Tempisque River, the Palo Verde national park is located. The vegetation mainly consists of marshlands and tropical dry forests. Animals to be spotted are mainly waterbirds, e.g. the Roseate Spoonbill, crocodiles and monkeys. Palo Verde is one of the few areas in Central America where the large Jaribu stork can still be seen. During the dry season, the park reminds of the African savannahs.
Palo Verde might well be visited on the drive from or to the beaches on the Nicoya peninsula or to the Rincón de la Vieja national park.
The Río Tempisque is a river of 14 km (8.75 miles) that flows through the entire Guanacaste region. It has its spring in Orosi in the north of the country and flows from there towards the south where it finally ends in the Gulf of Nicoya. In the estuary, the bridge “El Puente de la Amistad Costa Rica-Taiwan” crosses the river, a gift from the Taiwanese government to Costa Rica. The bridge is a much more speedy way to cross the Gulf – before its building, a time-consuming ferry drive had to be endured.
Palo Verde Biological Station
The station offers a comfortable accommodation for groups, courses and researchers. Water is pumped from a very deep well, electricity is available, telephone and internet reception offer some 21st century amenities.
The basic lodge is located in the middle of the Palo Verde national park and is visited, amongst others, by students that are interested in the flora and fauna of the park. The lodge also offers an ideal starting point for other tourists wanting to visit the park. Several guided hikes and tours are offered.
Puerto Humo is a small village at the western shore of the Tempisque River, about 12 km (7.5 miles) north of Barra Honda. The easiest access is via Nicoya (26 km / 16.25 miles). Especially bird lovers will find a small paradise here. The village is also a convenient starting point for visits to the Palo Verde national park.