Palo Verde National Park & Wildlife Refuge

Palo Verde forms part of the Tempique Lowlands in Guanacaste and its area extends to 7,354 Hectares if you add the neighboring Dr. Rafael Lucas Rodriguez Caballero National Wildlife Refuge. These floodlands create a mosaic of diverse habitats that are bordered by rivers and a ridge of limestone hills.

The flat sector is a vast expanse of swamps and lagoons filled with deposits of sand and mud washed down by the Tempisque, Bebedero and Bols´┐Żn rivers.

The terrain is subject to seasonal flooding because of the poor natural drainage of the basin. During the rainy season, the area is flooded by the combined action of the rains, the tides and the overflowing of the Rivers Tempisque and Bebedero. The entire zone can becomes a huge lagoon.

Palo Verde is one of the parks with the greatest ecological variety in the country. Some of the 12-15 habitats are fresh and saltwater lagoons and swamps and grasslands with stands of mangroves.

Some of the most numerous mammals are the howler monkey (Alouatta paiiata), white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus), white-nosed coati (Nasua nasua), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), tree squirrel (Sciurus granatensis). Mexican tree porcupine (Coendou mexicanus), and coyote (Canis latrans). Crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) up to 5 meters long and Pacific sharpnose sharks (Rhizoprionodon longurio) have been seen in the Tempisque River.

Palo Verde has a large concentration of waterfowl because of its extensive natural system of waterways. Also herons, storks, egrets, grebes, ibis, ducks and jacamas flock the lagoons and surrounding areas from September to March to feed and mate. About 278 species of birds have been identified in the park.
The scenic beauty of the park is breathtaking during both the dry and rainy seasons.

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Leatherback turtle baby heading for the sea

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