One of Costa Rica’s seemingly greatest contrasts, spectacular Palo Verde National Park is home to a resounding dichotomy: rich and vibrant wetlands that simultaneously house one of the world’s foremost examples of tropical dry forest.
A contradiction, indeed, and one that works beautifully.
Palo Verde’s unique setting is owed to the Río Tempisque, which ebbs and flows over this otherwise arid region. The result is somewhat other-worldly, with sun-drenched dry forest unfolding over parched limestone, which then cozies up to rushing river and muddy habitats.
It’s a major watershed, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and an important dry forest, all rolled into one. And it’s absolutely fascinating.
Palo Verde National Park Overview:
Location: 16 miles south of Bagaces
Maximum Altitude: 879 feet (267 meters) above sea level
Area: 45,492 acres (divided into two sectors: Las Pailas and Santa Maria)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Telephone: 2200-0125 or 2661-4717
Entrance Fee: $12 adults / $5 children