Visit Palo Verde National Park for Birding & Wetlands
Situated in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Palo Verde National Park is one of the most important wetland ecosystems in the country. The Rio Tempisque River is the park’s lifeline as it seasonally swells, spilling out over the region to form marvelous wetlands among the dry tropical forest. The park makes up about 45,492 acres of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area and about 50% of the park is wetlands. With more than 15 different habitats within Palo Verde such as lagoons, grassland, mangroves, and forests – the wildlife viewing opportunities are endless!
Palo Verde National Park is a fantastic birding destination. The wetlands can get really packed with thousands of birds – a true spectacle of nature! The park supports over 50,000 waterfowl and forest bird species. To see the great diversity of species, visit in the dry season (December – May) when the migratory birds arrive from the north to escape cold weather. Visiting deep in the dry season (March-April) can be especially rewarding as all the birds concentrate around what water is left.