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Palo Verde, Liberia City Tour and Llanos del Cortes



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Discover the beauty of northwestern Costa Rica and take time to encounter its wildlife at Palo Verde, one of the largest national parks in Central America. Take a guided boat ride on the park’s river for a great look at its stunning landscapes and varied vegetation stretching across 15 natural habitats. Then take a refreshing break at the gorgeous Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls, where you can swim in its natural pools as you’re surrounded by breathtaking greenery. Finish the day with a stop in the city of Liberia for some great shopping and sightseeing in Guanacaste province’s capital. A homemade lunch prepared in a local community is part of this memorable experience.
  • Explore a variety of natural habitats at the amazing Palo Verde National Park
  • Take a boat ride along the floodplain and spot incredible wildlife such as crocodiles, monkeys and hundreds of bird species
  • Take a refreshing swim at the pools of the breathtakingly beautiful Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls
  • Visit the city of Liberia and learn about its history during a guided tour
  • Activity duration: 6 hours approx. (not including transportation time to and from the activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Cruise along Palo Verde to see its flora and fauna

Your full-day Palo Verde Costa Rica excursion allows you to visit this expansive natural park with the help of an experienced guide. The day starts with a pick-up from your resort and a marvelous ride across some scenic natural landscapes in the Guanacaste province, passing through quaint towns along the way. When you reach the natural park, you’ll be able to take in its awe-inspiring landscapes and diverse animal and bird species.

A guided river boat ride through Bebedero River in Palo Verde will help you come across several different natural habitats with mangroves, swamps and evergreen forests. Feel the breeze on your face during your river cruise and watch friendly crocodiles soaking the sunshine and swimming peacefully. Then look at the capuchin monkeys coming down their trees to drink from the river, and view beautiful birds flying around the greenery.

Break for lunch and refresh at Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls

After your boat ride concludes, you’ll take a break to enjoy a delicious homemade lunch that highlights the region’s natural flavor. This delicious meal is lovingly prepared by ladies from a local community, who follow a rich tradition of excellence that captures the savory flavor of this Central American jewel.

After your meal, hop on your transportation and head toward your next stop — the impressingly beautiful Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls. This famous cascade is well worth a visit, as it is tucked away inside a verdant landscape and its waters provide ultimate refreshment to visitors and locals alike. Take a delightful dip in the natural pools that form at the foot of the falls, and let all your stress melt away during this unforgettable swim.

Explore history and culture at the ‘White City’ of Liberia

Following your refreshment at Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls, return to your transportation for a guided visit the city of Liberia, known as the ‘White City’ for its white gravel roads and whitewashed houses. The town is the capital of the Guanacaste province, and as the largest city in northwestern Costa Rica, it features a bustling plaza with many restaurants and shops, some beautifully preserved colonial architecture and several must-see churches, like the gorgeous Church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Listen to your knowledgeable guide tell you all about Liberia’s history and cultural richness. Then enjoy free time before you head back to your resort, having experienced some of the most magnificent natural and cultural sights in Costa Rica at Palo Verde and Liberia.


  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Boat ride
  • Lunch

Practical Information

  • Wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Bring plastic bag, rain gear, sandals and shorts
  • Bring extra clothes, bathing suit and cap or hat.
  • All participants must sign a release of liability
  • Be aware that travel time to the activity may change depending of your hotel.
  • Make your trip a sustainable one: help us keep Costa Rica beautiful and green by disposing of trash in its proper place
  • Weather conditions can impact the activities and overall experience.

Please note: All Costa Rica excursions must meet a minimum capacity of passengers. Upon check-in at their resort, guests should meet with an Amstar representative to confirm their chosen excursion will take place.

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English / Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Guanacaste
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
  • Minimum Age Requirement: Suitable for all ages
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: No
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: Yes
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