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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:
+506 2482 2720
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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
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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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$90.00*
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La Paz Waterfall Garden Walking Tour From San José
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$42.00*
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One Day Pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge
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$129.00*
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Combination Tour: Poas Volcano Doka Estate and La Paz Waterfalls Gardens

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Went up for an overnight stay at Peace Lodge and to check out the waterfalls. All I can say is that everything is amazing-from the hiking trails to all of the animals-big cats... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went up for an overnight stay at Peace Lodge and to check out the waterfalls. All I can say is that everything is amazing-from the hiking trails to all of the animals-big cats, hummingbirds, butterflies, frogs, and snakes. This park is definitely worth the 1.5 hour drive from San Jose.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a guide for this garden which was really great to help identify all the wildlife. The falls are beautiful. There is a lot to see and do . When we were there it was very busy, Our guide said a better time to be there was when it opened in the am as it was less crowded. Great... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We hired a driver from our hotel to wait for us, but we feel you could have reception from the office/gift shop call a cab or there is free Wi-Fi where you could probably try to get Uber. We felt a bit rushed since our driver thought we would be finished in 3 and a half hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a stop for us on the way to our lodging. It was a very nice place. The waterfalls were great! There are many exhibits there, but we only went to the hummingbird area since out primary purpose was to see as many birds as possible. There are feeders up as soon as you enter the gardens as well... More 

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful well kept La Paz gardens contains neatly maintained native birds, big and small cats, frog exhibits and a huge walk thru butterfly house. Most of the animals are rescued having been injured or formerly illegally owned. The visitor sees native animals they would never encounter on most vacations to Costa Rica. This spot creates an appreciation for the country's... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens were fun to visit. We saw a lot of birds and loved seeing the butterflies. It is even worth it to go and see all the waterfalls at the end of visiting the gardens. There is a shuttle that will take you from the bottom of the waterfall back to the entrance of the gardens. We spent the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Top notch place to visit! It is in a rain forest and it did rain while we were there. I suggest they provide ponchos in case it rains, which I expect it does a lot. Then this would easily have been a 5 star review.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are located on the Poas Volcano. We purchased the combo ticket which included the wildlife refuge, waterfall gardens and lunch. It was well worth it. The wildlife refuge was awesome. These animals are rescued from domestic situations where people can't care for them properly. We got a photo with a toucan, had butterflies land on... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very bad copy of Disney world. There is not any respect for wild animals as they are kept in small cages exactly as in a zoo. They say that visit of the gardens is an ultimate Costa Rican experience life as in real nature but in reality the animals are limited to stay in a cage. Unfortunately,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park provides a condensed review of Costa Rica nature in a nice clean, organized format. If you are in reasonable good health and are OK with nice clean paths and walking up and down a few clean and well maintained staircases then it should take about 2 hours to see the entire park if you are quick. You must... More 

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