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Palo Verde National Park and Savanna Birding
                                                                                    Description:

Located on the low basin of the Tempsique River, Palo Verde National Park protects over 19,800 hectares (50,000 acres) of tropical dry forest and wetlands. Rafael Lucas Rodríguez Wild Life Refuge, once a cattle ranch (Hacienda Comelco), was created in 1977.  One year later another section known as Catalina was the first area categorized as Palo Verde National Park.  During the 80’s other sites were added, and finally, in 1990 were joined, and are know today as Palo Verde National Park.

Palo Verde National Park is extremely important because protects one of the remaining patches of dry forest know as "the most endangered forest habitat in Costa Rica and Central America", and low depth wetlands which provide resting and feeding areas to migrating waterfowl, especially Black Bellied Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis) and Blue Winged Teals (Anas discors).  Some years both species reach up to 45,000 individuals between January and March.  Over 290 species of birds have been identified in Pal Verdo National Park including the resident Jabiru Stork (Jabiru mycteria), a very reduced species due to the changing of wetlands into sugar, rice and cattle fields.

The Tour:

We tour the national park for about two hours in a comfortable covered boat in search of water birds, monkeys, crocodiles, iguana and other wild life that make the park their home.

Target birds: Herons, Egrets, Nightherons, Kingfishers, the resident Snail Kite (Rostrhamus Sociabilis), some chance for Jabiru stork.

At noon a delicious typical lunch awaits us at a home style restaurant.

During the afternoon we have time for open Savanna birding on dirt roads.

Target birds: Motmots, Flycatchers, Parrots, Sparrows, Hawks, Cukoos, and others.
Price: $80 per person.

 
Duration: Full Day

 
Includes: Bilingual birding guide, lunch, drinks, park fees and transportation.

Image Jabiru

Image       king vulture

Image       White necked Puffbird

Image   Palo Verde National Park