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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Address: Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 22413409
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Description: Explore Five Magnificent Waterfalls accessed by paved trails through Rain...
Explore Five Magnificent Waterfalls accessed by paved trails through Rain and Cloud Forest. Our Wildlife refuge features the Largest Aviary and Butterfly Observatory in Costa Rica as well as rescued Jaguars, Ocelots, Pumas, Sloths, Capuchin and Spider Monkeys. Feed friendly Toucans and our 26 species of tame Hummingbirds and photograph beautiful Leaf Frogs in our Frog Habitat and venomous snakes in our Serpentarium. Located one hour from San Jose Airport near Poas Volcano.
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We went to La Paz yesterday with an 8 year old and 4 yr old. You enter through a lodge and once you pass through, it's a tropical paradise. There are lots of flowers, some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We went to La Paz yesterday with an 8 year old and 4 yr old. You enter through a lodge and once you pass through, it's a tropical paradise. There are lots of flowers, some wonderful animals to see, a decent buffet (we are vegetarians) and beautiful waterfalls. There are a butterfly garden that has hundreds of different varieties of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

You arrive at a very nice lodge type building, purchase your tickets and exit into a tropical paradise. Full of flowers, shrubbery and trees typical to the area. First you walk into a humming bird area where these small colorful birds are zooming around you and feeding on sweet water feeders. They have a wonderful butterfly, bird and feline areas.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I came here on a tour with Costa Rica Guides. We ate first, and the buffet was the best variety and quality of food I've had in Costa Rica so far(though I've only been here a couple of days). Decent salad bar, several meat dishes, beans and rice, of course, and quite a few other dishes. Good variety of drinks,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I usually go out of my way to avoid manufactured "Nature Reserves," but La Paz Waterfall Gardens is different. I live and work in Costa Rica and want to explore all possible day trips for upcoming guests. I have to confess that despite the cost of admission ($22 for residents and $40 for others; children a bit cheaper), I must... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The "garden" is no more than a zoo, in a nice location. We had a pleasant time there, especially with the big cats. The waterfall is... just a succession of small waterfalls, not really spectacular. A bit deceptive, actually. For us, not a must do in Costa Rica, just a pleasant time like going to the zoo on a sunday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I would highly recommend this place! It was so much nicer than we were expecting.... It was clean, food wa wonderful, animals, butterflies, birds, incredible and of course the waterfalls were beautiful!!! I was not feeling well that day and our guide Eduardo " Eddy" was so kind and caring....Expedtions Tropicales was name of tour co.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you don t have time to physically go to the nature parks .. La Paz waterfall will permit you to interact with some of Costa Rica's wildlife . Really enjoyed takings pics holding a toucan.. Rare occasion to do so .. Too touristy and crowded for us

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

First I want to thank all of you that review on Tripadvisor. I really relied on you for this trip and you did not disappoint. La Paz was a great example. We had a Thursday red eye flight back to the US and needed something to do before we left Costa Rica. Many of you recommended La Paz and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was one of my favorite destinations. The place is sooo beautiful and well maintained. There's quite a bit to walk and tons of stairs to climb and descend, so I would recommend it to relatively fit people. There are about 5 waterfalls in total to see so tons of opportunities to capture beautiful pictures. They also have animal exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have visited the place several times with clients, the comments are always positive; people love the place, specially kids; the buffet lunch for the one day tour is excellent! I recommend the place!

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