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    El Viejo Wetlands

    The Nature and Cultural Tour in Guanacaste!

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    Welcome to

    El Viejo Wetlands

    The Nature and Cultural Tour in Guanacaste!

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    Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

    El Viejo Wetlands is a tourist attraction and Wildlife Refuge which frames Palo Verde National Park, providing a natural buffer zone for thousands of multicolor tropical birds. Palo Verde is recognized internationally thanks to its biological wealth and diverse ecosystems. This RAMSAR site shelters many endangered species living in marshlands and creeks throughout the Tempisque River Basin.

    You can enjoy our visit to El Viejo Wetlands and Refuge either by boat on the waters of Tempisque River, experience our natural trails, see the birds in our 500 acres private wetland or flying over it in our zip line and of course delight the Guanacaste flavor in our restaurant with a typical costarican food "casado".

    For those looking for a folkloric, cultural and historical experience, come and see an elderly "Casona" which was built to last. This venerable construction will tell the story of the Guanacaste cowboys or "sabaneros" who lived way before cars, cell phones or internet. This house of ancient lineage proudly represents the hard working spirit of those who lived and died by the midst of the 1800s in a faraway era of colonial Costa Rica.

    We look forward to being your hosts as you enjoy El Viejo Wetlands!!!


  • “The best safari boat tour!”

    I highly recommend El Viejo Wetlands if you are interested in doing the Palo Verde National Park safari boat tour. This beautiful property located in the middle of the sugar cane plantation, show us a real costarrican hacienda style, offering the boat tour, really good lunch and a bit of the local culture; staff is super friendly, professional, always smiling and able to make a memorable experience!

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  • “Amazing Day”

    One of the most welcoming and accommodating visits we've had. All staff went out of their way to make sure we had an unforgettable day. The 'cultural' tour was very interesting and informative. The boys LOVED making tortillas and eating them. The music was great and really set the scene. The boat trip was brilliant, there was lots the see and our captain was very knowledgable about the wildlife and pointed out several of the animals. The lunch was very typical and delicious, especially the bread! Well worth a visit! Thank you to all the very attentive staff!

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  • “A relaxing tour”

    There was a bit of miscommunication to begin with. I was without internet the few days leading up to the scheduled tour and couldn't verify the pick-up time. But the staff at our hotel sorted it out with a phone call. This was a very laid-back tour. We were driven over to the house, then the river. Kevin was our guide on our private boat ride. We saw plenty of birds, a few crocodiles, some monkeys and miniature bats. There was not a mosquito in sight. After the boat ride, we were treated to a beautiful lunch with delicious rice pudding dessert. Then it was back to the hotel.

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Opening hours

Mo-Fr 8am - 4pm
Sa-Sun 8am - 4pm


Mo-Fr 8am - 4pm
Sa-Sun 8am - 4pm


10 miles South East from Filadelfia,
22000 Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Email info@elviejowetlands.com
Phone +506 2296-0966

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