Also you can include a nice ride to Santa Rosa National Park...great park to visit...and one of the best surfing locations...Playa Naranjo...world famous Witch Rocks is there...
Thanks for thoughts. From what I've read, I was under the impression that Rincon de la Vieja was more about hiking and seeing waterfalls. If I'm looking for an experience that includes seeing animals and birds, would you still recommend that or is there another top choice?
Have you been to Palo Verde. I've read mixed reviews which mostly focus on a boat ride that many folks have said is just OK. I know everything is subject to opinion but was curious about your thoughts if you've been to all the locations mentioned.
Hiking in Rincon is a great way to see both animals and birds. Coatis, howler monkeys and toucans are commonly seen. And the setting is spectacular-beautiful rainforest, waterfalls, mud pots and fumaroles or steam vents.
Palo Verde is also another wonderful opportunity to see monkeys (both white faced and howlers), coatis, herons, storks, egrets, iguanas and crocodiles. Last week scarlet macaws were also around. The boat tour is great-minimal exertion and you can get really close to the wildlife to take photos.
Heres a link to some recent photos from Palo Verde, hope they are of interest:
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