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Palo Verde National Park
From Hacienda La Ensenada in Abangaritos it is possible to visit Palo Verde National Park. It was created in 1982 to serve as a bird sanctuary for resident and migrating waterfowl as well as forest birds.

During the dry season (December-May) the area can be reduced to mud flats. However, considerable flooding in the wet season gives rise to salt and freshwater lakes and mangrove swamps. It is mainly of interest for serious birdwatchers. The best months are January-March when most of the bird species are in residence. A number of circular trails run through the park. The Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS) has a field station at Palo Verde.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park
This beautiful national park is named after the active Rincon volcano which is the main attraction. It is a mixture of tropical dry forest and deciduous trees.  There are boiling mud pools (listen out for strange bubbling sounds) and steam vents wherever you go. Due to its remoteness, the park is not heavily visited.  

The wildlife is extremely varied. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded here, including bellbirds, toucans, parrots, eagles and motmots. Mammals include deer, skunks, coatis, peccaries, armadillos and three species of monkey.

Cano Negro National Refuge
Cano Negro is one of the premier areas in the Americas to observe huge concentrations of both migratory and indigenous birds, along with reptilian river wildlife. The refuge is the only location in Costa Rica where the Nicaraguan grackle regularly nests. 

Cano Negro is created by the seasonal flooding of the River Frio so, depending upon what time of the year you visit, you may find yourself travelling around a broad lake in a motorboat or walking along mud-caked riverbeds. The rainy season is May-November when Cano Negro is at its fullest. However, the rainy season is not necessarily the best time to see most wildlife. The best time for birders is considered to be from January until March, when most migratory species of birds are in residence. Cano Negro is approximately 2 hours 15 minute drive from the Arenal area and 3 hours from Sarapiqui.

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It is a nature-lover’s paradise. I love the fact that 25% of its land is protected by national parks and reserves. Seeing a puma or a vivid flash of morpho butterflies in Corcovado is a real thrill! Rafting a river is a must!

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It is a nature-lover’s paradise. I love the fact that 25% of its land is protected by national parks and reserves. Seeing a puma or a vivid flash of morpho butterflies in Corcovado is a real thrill! Rafting a river is a must!

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