Palo Verde Wildlife Safari by Boat


The Palo Verde Wildlife Safari is a fascinating boat trip on one of the most wildlife-rich rivers in all of Central America, renowned for its vast variety of birds.

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Tour Description

The Palo Verde Wildlife Safari is a gentle guided boat tour that will satisfy bird-watchers and nature lovers. Relax as your pilot expertly navigates the slow-moving rivers of the Palo Verde wetlands reserve — Central America’s most important nesting site for aquatic birds. During the months of November to May, you will be able to spot countless birds and reptiles along the rivers of this exceptional place.

You can expect to see herons, egrets and kingfishers on this wetlands tour. Bring your camera because you can also see flycatchers, raptors, storks and maybe roseate spoonbills, orioles, scarlet macaws and owls.

In addition to birds, Palo Verde also has one of the world’s highest concentrations of crocodiles (hatching is around May­-June), and we usually see monkeys up close. Both howler monkeys and white-­faced capuchins are common, and spider monkeys show up occasionally during the rainy season (May-November).

We’ll also see iguanas, bats, basilisks (“Jesus lizards”) and occasionally anteaters and white-­nosed coatis, which all live inside the reserve in healthy populations. This wetlands boat tour is a wonderful experience and is especially perfect for wildlife photography, and also excellent for kids.

After a slow comfortable ride out of the sun while on the Palo Verde Wetlands Safari, we will enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch with all its culinary delights.

The meals are prepared on an open fire and consist of chicken, beef, vegetable stew, salad, rice, beans, plantains, cheese, and more, with vegetarian options or other preferences available.

What is Included?

  • Authentic Costa Rican Lunch (“casado”) by request
  • Wetlands boat tour (with shade cover) for 1.5 hours
  • Crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, birds
  • Entrance fees
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation w/ AC available for a fee, or included in Group Package of 3 adults or more

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity

Know Before You Go

  • All ages!

Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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