Palo Verde National Park
Nestled down in the Tempisque River Valley is one of the most important bird paradises in Costa Rica, the Palo Verde National Park. The park was once a massive ranch that was used – and still is – by the Organization for Tropical Studies to investigate its unique dry-forest ecosystem. In 1977 it was named a national park, yet cattle still graze in many parts and help keep down the vegetation, reflecting a symbiotic relationship with the birds that have come to seek refuge. Plus, cattle businesses benefit the local economy.
To get to Palo Verde National Park, follow the signs one hour west from Bagaces, a small town halfway between Cañas and Liberia on the Inter-American Highway.
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