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“Best tour in the area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Vara Blanca, Heredia, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Heredia
Type: Parks, Waterfalls, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Kelowna, Canada
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“Best tour in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We loved this the most of all our tours. We all (family of five, kids ages 7-16) loved the butterfly gardens and hummingbirds. The walk through the falls was quite long and lots of stairs, we went right to the end and caught the shuttle back to the front. We were able to see an ox cart and got our picture taken, as well as see the many other animals there. It was cloudy that day so there was lots of mist at the waterfalls but it was well worth it! The price was expensive however.

Visited July 2014
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Like a small Animal Kingdom in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

These guys spent a lot of money setting this up. It is extremely nice. A bit expensive for locals but tourists should be OK! I've heard the falls are not actually in their property and you have to walk into the neighbors property but that doesn't seem to be a problem at least.

But really nice place to come with a family and see the wildlife in Costa Rica!

Visited July 2014
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Lubbock, Texas
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“Perfect place for our wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We got married in front of the "main" waterfall. It was absolutely beautiful. So, yes, I definitely recommend it.

Visited August 2013
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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“AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Such a great place to visit: A must if you are in the area! The first part of the trip you get to see lots of animals, many of them rescued. My favorite was the toucan sanctuary area: You get to hold them! It was awesome. I worked up the courage to walk around and get them to hop on my arm by myself! They were so cute and would nibble at hour arm or jewelry. The other animal areas are very educational and we appreciated that the butterfly garden seemed well taken care of and there were not many dead ones laying everywhere like some gardens in the US. Another favorite part of mine was the hummingbird area: it was all out in the open and they would just zip past you to go eat the nectar! They were so cute and you got to see them right up close. After seeing the animals, we enjoyed a decent lunch at the buffet there. It was okay, not the best but not bad. Then you have to go on the hike to see the waterfalls. They are huge and beautiful. Once you reach the end, a shuttle takes you right back up to the top. Highly recommended for anyone in the area: singles and families alike!

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Incredible beauty. Expensive attraction. Great chance to see wildlife and all a Rainforest has to offer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not too many places you can stroll throuh a rain forest on stairs, pavers and occasionally a flat gravel path.
Usually rainforest hikes come with backpacks, steep climbs, lots of sweat, etc.
Not expecting to take this detour after a beach trip we were pleasantly surprised to find that even the girls in sandals were comfortable strolling through the tour.
Most of the stairs are down hill (fortunately because there must be over a thousand.) but they take you right up to the precipitous edge of waterfalls, even offering a peak behind one that you can reach out and touch.
Cost in 2014 is high for a forest tour - about $38 per person for everyone over 11 years, but only $22 if you are a resident.
3 restaurants of varying budgets - a la carte burger type place, an all-u-can-eat $13 buffet (wine is $9 a glass) but the food is good, not outstanding but certainly good and varied.
They also have what looks like an upscale lakeview fish restaurant that specializes in their lake trout they raise right there.
Its a rain forest - expect rain. It rained on us, but was still beautiful. Umbrellas work well here, ponchos, something. Dont come to a rain forest and then be mad you got wet!
If its a cloudy day, its a bad day to see the volcano, but still a good day to go to La Paz.

Visited July 2014
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