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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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One Day Pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge
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One Day Pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge
From $42.00*
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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...more
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Poas | 6 km North from Vara Blanca Gas Station, Vara Blanca 00000, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The gardens and the hotel are just fantastic. Well kept, the animals look cared and loved! The waterfalls are beautiful and the trail is super doable (lots of stairs but my 3yo did them all). This is the second time we come to Costa Rica...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank danielasanchezv
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the first activity we did after we arrived in Costa Rica. The place has beautiful gardens, magnificent waterfalls and a Zoo. The entrance fee is quite high, but the place is well maintained. The zoo showed us the animals that are native to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RaymondWooninck
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I saw more species of hummingbirds here than anywhere else in Costa Rica! The garden landscaping is impressive. Everything is tastefully done to respect as much as possible the local flora and fauna-wow!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see animals, birds, and waterfalls up close. Buffet at the top was great for $14 and bus trip back from the bottom saved alot of steps.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank nostaticfm
Reviewed 1 week ago

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a must see. We hired a taxi driver, who was recommended by friends, to take us from Atenas to the waterfall gardens. It was the highlight of our time in Costa Rica. Our driver/guide drove us to the falls &...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ginger H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this centre to see the waterfalls and sure enough they were spectacular. But they are a natural feature. Built around them is a pricey visitor attraction which is basically a zoo. Nice to see the hummingbirds coming to the bird feeders, but we're...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Arth_19
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely park to visit and a must see. It has an excellent collection of animals. The waterfalls are beautiful on a walk through the rainforest. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They know English. The park is spotless clean. There are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FlyRight
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large variety of animals. Beautiful waterfalls. Though everything was well paved and maintained, this was a hard hike for my grandma. A lot of stairs. Very humid. Would recommend for young kids, as it is kind of like going to the zoo.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank katedeal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent the day with my family, it was our first time and we loved it. Yes a bit pricy but we loved the toucans and the site is really well maintained. We really enjoyed our day

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anne-Marie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family of 5 recently spent 2 nights at the wonderful Peace Lodge (see my separate review), which is located on the grounds of (and provides free 24 hour access to) La Paz Waterfall Gardens and wildlife preserve. La Paz is worth a visit, and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 15, 2018|
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Response from Coastal589448 | Reviewed this property |
Around 4 hours would be plenty of time.
Monica N
October 10, 2018|
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Response from 535gracied | Reviewed this property |
The shuttle is typically used when you walk all the way to the waterfall trail. If you only stayed in the area you will need to walk back to the stairs
Amber A
August 29, 2018|
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Response from Evelyn A | Reviewed this property |
There are ramps where the animals are located but not for the waterfalls. Only steps to see the waterfalls.
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Laura A
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Getting to La Paz Waterfall Gardens from Cartago (4 Replies)
Hi all, I'll be spending a week in Cartago this March on a volunteer project and would love to visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens during my free time. I'll be without a car, so I was wondering how feasible it would be to get there with having to rely on public transit. Thanks!
December 25, 2014|
Response fromroadadvisor|
You most take the bus or train to San Jose…then a bus up to Vara Blanca…and from there a taxi if you do not mind to wait for one! roadadsior
Upland, CA
Zipline in Monteverde - Selvatura or SkyTrek? (5 Replies)
Trying to decide between the two - which one is better? How are they different? Best for spotting Resplendent Quetzel? We're not really interested in the butterfly or hummingbird gardens as we're visiting La Paz Waterfall Gardens at the beginning of our trip. We'll save this for the end.
May 31, 2016|
Response fromTulemar_chico|
They are both great, but if you are interested in spotting Quetzals, they are not the right place. You would most likely see them at the Monteverde Reserve.
Costa Rica
hotel at Poas (4 Replies)
Can somebody recommend a 3* hotel or nice B&B close to volcano Poas and La Paz Waterfall Gardens? We need reasonably priced accommodation, it can be rustic but should be a nice jungle experience.
July 14, 2010|
Response fromroadadvisor|
Agree 100% with QWOVADIS...maybe Poas Lodge...but please take in consideration that around there most of the vegetation is Paramo, is not like a cloud forest or rain forest dense jungle vegetation... Also agree about the ugly situation at Peace Lodge...nice place but with caged animals that is animal cruelty. roadadvisor