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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Address: | 6 km North from Vara Blanca Gas Station, Vara Blanca 00000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50624822720
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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, 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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Peaceful day

This place is very beautiful and peaceful. The waterfalls are the main tourist attractions, but the whole place is very nice. I love the vegetation, the kids loved the animals and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is very beautiful and peaceful. The waterfalls are the main tourist attractions, but the whole place is very nice. I love the vegetation, the kids loved the animals and the different typical attractions like the casa de campo and the yummy "tamal asado". Lunch was good and had a nice variety to choose from. The only drawback: a... More 

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Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a great time at La Paz! A wonderful place to see some amazing animals up close. Grounds are beautiful. Waterfalls are a must see. Lots of places to sit and enjoy the view of the hills and take shelter from rain. Wear layers and bring a rain coat but don't let the rain deter you as it passes by... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had such a wonderful time! We even got to see jaguars playing! Hard to say what the best was, the butterfly garden is so zen and peaceful and seeing the big wild cats invigorating! Highly recommend the buffet lunch too! The waterfall tour is spectacular, feeling the mist of the falls was so refreshing!

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Price seems a little steep at $40 per person and $14 per person for the buffet. So $108 total was the damage. It's basically a zoo and then a trail to see 5 waterfalls. I love waterfalls so I really enjoyed it and my husband loves animals so he liked the zoo exhibits, so we had a good time. The... More 

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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place absolutely exceeded my expectations. I expected a hike to see some waterfalls. What I did not expect was the stunning beauty of these grounds, the animals, and the great buffet lunch. This place is literally on the grounds of the Peace Lodge, which I never knew existed and now must expand my Bucket List to include. Insanely gorgeous.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent the day wandering around La Paz Waterfall Garden. In the morning we visited the Poas Volcano only to be disappointed that the Laguna trail was still closed. La Paz offered us a wonderful opportunity to walk trails (though they still have some closed trails) see a variety of birds and mammals (most of which are in cages). The paths... More 

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Downey, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Now is 40 us dollars to go in here! Wow this place is is gorgeous but over priced. I drove to this place and paid 40 dollars each . I notice to all tourist here like me i came prepared, warning if they bring you here while raining , bring your own umbrella, poncho, or rain jacket, i repeat come... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is one of the most complete places to visit in Costa Rica. A lot of tourists pay quite a lot of money to enter national parks by the sea. Just to find that they paid to basically swim in the same sea as the beach a couple of km away. Little or almost nothing is given... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Birds, butterflies, wild cats, snakes, frogs, ox, oh and yes waterfalls. Amazing experience, the food is a little expensive, but where else are you going to eat. It worked out for us. Take plenty of video and pictures. Get ready to hold birds and butterflies. Wear tennis shoes, because there are a lot of well built stairs. If you have... More 

Thank Lawrence J
Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot has changed since my last visit here in 2007, but one thing hasn't changed - how much amazing nature can be seen in one spot! The aviary, jungle cats, monkey house were all new. We enjoyed getting a pic with the toucans and getting up close to so many different types of birds. As many attractions in Costa... More 

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