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The Palo Verde National Park, ( Parque Nacional Palo Verde) is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area. It contains much of the area of the valley of the Tempisque River and covers an area of 45,492 acres in Guanacaste Province, north of the capital city of San Jose. The surrounding region is mostly tropical dry forests, and the Palo Verde Park is dedicated to the conservation of vital floodplain, unique marsh habitats, limestone ridges, and seasonal pools. A major feature of the park is the density and variety of bird species which is partly due to its diverse ecology. Palo Verde Park includes 15 different topographical zones from evergreen forests to mangrove swamps. It is an important habitat for several different species of monkeys, crocodiles, and iguanas. More than 60 different bird species are spotted regularly in the park, including: great curassows, scarlet macaws, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, greats egret, cattle egrets, little blue heron, tricolored heron, and bare throated tiger heron, night herons, anhingas, jabirus, and wood storks among many others. The variety of birds in this region is the most extensive in the entire country; it’s a bird watching paradise. There is a Biological Station on the site operated by the Organization for Tropical Studies. The park has a Ranger Station which open for visitors from 8am to dusk, and has potable water and restrooms. © iStock/Marek Stefunko