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La Paz Waterfalls & Gardens

Region: Central
Location: near Poas Volcano National Park - 1 hour drive from San Jose.
Size: 70 acres
National Park since:
Highlights: 5 waterfalls up to 121 feet high, gardens, rainforest, wildlife, walking trails, tours.

La Paz Waterfalls

Fed by River La Paz after traveling 8 kilometers through volcanic terrain and rainforest, the 37 meter high waterfall is sure to delight visitors. Wildlife and fauna abound at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens — monkeys, birds, snakes, jaguars, frogs, ocelots, sloths snakes & butterflies and others to top over 100 species.

Enjoy wonderous hiking through the 3.5 kilometers of walking trails throughout the park. The gardens are primarily a self-guided tour however, information-packed guided tours are also available.

Open year round from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and reservations are not necessary. You should plan 1.5 hours for your visit. However, if you would like to see every trail, a whole day may be more appropriate.


Entrance to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Adults: $35
Children (12 & under): $20

Entrance to La Paz Waterfall Gardnes & Lunch Buffet
Includes: "4 fork" buffet lunch (highest rating from Costa Rican Tourist Council)
Adults: $47
Children (12 & under): $26

La Paz Mid-Morning Direct Tour Package
Includes: transportation from San Jose, buffet, guided tour.
Adults: 75
Children (3-12): $65


La Paz Waterfall Gardens & The Peace Lodge
Vara Blanca
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Main: (506) 2482-2720 / (506) 2482-2100
Lodge: The Peace Lodge
Email: through website -

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