Helpful Facts on Planning a Guanacaste Incentive Trip

by: Luke Kreitner August 9, 2016

Palo Verde National Park

 

  • Up to 250,000 birds reside here at once, with the most common being egrets, herons, storks, spoonbills, ibis, grebes and ducks.
  • More than 300 bird species have been seen in the park, and it contains the greatest concentration of shorebirds and waterfowl in Central America.
  • It is considered a migratory and resident waterfowl refuge, and its lands are therefore protected by law.
  • The 45,500-acre park is a mosaic of 15 different habitats, including mangrove swamps, grassy savannahs, marshes, salt ponds, pastures and evergreen forest, all bordered by sloping limestone hills
  • Entrance Fee : $10.00
  • Location : 19 miles from Canas
  • Area : 45,509 acres
  • Hours : 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • In addition to deer, coatimundis, armadillo, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and peccaries, Palo Verde is home to the largest jaguarondi population in Costa Rica.
  • American crocodiles, which can reach up to 15 feet long, are another park mainstay, floating down the Tempisque River at a disarmingly relaxed pace.
  • Try to visit Palo Verde during the dry season (December-April), when most of the 300 resident bird species are in abundance. During the rainy season, parts of the park flood and become inaccessible, though river boat tours still operate.

Planning a Guanacaste Incentive Trip

About Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • Guanacaste is a nature lover’s paradise, with miles of pristine beaches, lush tropical forests and volcanoes crisscrossed by trails.
  • Guanacaste’s climate is something of an anomaly in Costa Rica due to its low-lying position, characterized by infrequent rain and dry heat from November to April.
  • A trip to the province’s less frequented areas allows a glimpse of everyday regional life far from generic resorts. Awe-inspiring nature blankets the province, from the Cordillera volcanoes and forests protecting birds, monkeys and jaguars to pristine Pacific beaches.
  • Guanacaste National Park and adjoining Santa Rosa National Park boast stunning scenery, from the high-elevation volcanic forests to coastal dry forests that are home to rare sea turtle species.
  • In Guanacaste Park, visitors traverse multiple eco-systems along the winding nature trail, starting in Pacific dry forests near Santa Rosa, to the dense cloud forests along the park’s eastern volcano slopes.
  • Birdwatching is a popular pastime in Guanacaste Park, where visitors may also spot resident capuchin monkeys, among other species. Meanwhile, many surfers head straight to Santa Rosa beaches, where some of Costa Rica’s best waves are found.

Facts About Guanacaste

  • The Northern Pacific region also comprises fascinating national parks, picturesque towns and villages filled with an important historical and cultural heritage.
    • Palo Verde National Park
    • Rincon de la Vieja National Park
    • Santa Rosa National Park
    • Las Baulas National Marine Park
    • Arenal Volcano
  • It is the most north-western province of Costa Rica and has a population of around 280 488 inhabitants 6,57% of the country’s population.
  • Full of splendid sensations for active people and adventure lovers, it is a region that offers:
    • Numerous water sports, besides world-class diving, and fishing.
    • A great destination for golfers.
    • Interesting mixture of deluxe resorts and secluded boutique hotels.
    • Numerous beaches and four volcanoes.
  • The perfect time to visit Guanacaste is, luckily enough, year-round. The “golden” season endows the serious sun worshippers with plenty of tanning time, while the “green season” brings the trees into bloom with a palette of colors and fragrances.   In Guanacaste, the average temperature is about 27 ° C and average rainfall per year is 1500-2000 mm.

Guanacaste National Park

  • Guanacaste is a large park that protects 32,512 hectares where elevations range from 300 to 1659 meters (984 to 5443 feet). The habitats represented here are cloud forest, pasture/farm, and regenerating tropical dry forest.
  • The large range of elevations result in trails that cross several ecosystems as you climb from the dry Pacific forests near the border with Santa Rosa National Park to the high elevation cloud forests near the peaks of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. You can cross the continental divide and climb down to rainforest typical of the Caribbean side of Northern Costa Rica.
  • Among the dry forest inhabitants are Collared Peccaries, Howler Monkeys, White-nosed Coatis, White-tailed Deer, and Variegated Squirrels, Long-tongued Bats, and Capuchin Monkeys. You will almost certainly spot dozens of birds in a hour or two of walking including White-throated Magpie Jays, Orange-Fronted Parakeets, and Crested Caracara (roadside hawks). At higher elevations you may spot Squirrel Cuckoos, Tanagers and Groove-billed Anis.
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