La Paz Waterfall Gardens
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is only an hour away from San Jose! It is rich in biodiversity due to its high altitude of 4000 to 5000 feet. Its height allows for a unique terrain. La Paz has both rain and cloud forests. One of the most popular attractions is the butterfly garden; it is the largest in the world. You will see a myriad of hummingbirds, humming above! The garden is full of flamboyant bromeliads gardens, a frog pond, a serpentaria, and five extraordinary waterfalls! This is one of the most memorable Tours of Costa Rica and one of the most popular in the Central Valley.
Activities and What You Will Find
The gardens consist of three kilometers of paved trails throughout the lush rainforest. As you walk along, you spot flocks of colorful tropical birds flying near the falls! The trails allow you to watch the waterfalls from many different angles. You can see them from above, from the middle and from below! This leads you to the Hummingbird Garden where you will find 24 species of enchanting small birds! Feeders are strategically dispersed all over the garden. It’s easy to spot them!
Next stop is the orchid garden and the frog pond where you will see the small poison dart frog among others! The next attraction is the serpentaria that holds at least 30 different species of native snakes. Finally, you will enter the largest butterfly garden in the world, about the size of a football field! The garden is covered with colorful butterflies of all types and sizes flowing freely in their natural habitat!
This seems more like a fairytale than reality! It’s a great opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures! The on-site guides will answer your questions and help you spot the hidden butterflies. La Paz boasts an orchid garden, in addition to Helicon and bromeliad exhibits. Wildlife at the park includes white-faced and spider monkeys, marmosets, 26 species of hummingbirds, two-toed sloths, jaguar, pumas, ocelots, margays, jaguarondi, 40 species of birds such as toucans and macaws, frogs and 30 species of snakes.
Facilities Around La Paz
Nothing is more fun than fish your meal! In La Paz Gardens you can catch your meal if you want, however, rest assured that you can still enjoy a good trout at the Colibrie’s restaurant! There are good lodgings in and around the gardens too. The Peace Lodge, located on the grounds of the Gardens, is perhaps one of the most amazing Hotels with its unique and astonishing natural surroundings, while the Poas Volcano Lodge, nestled between the volcanoes Poas and Barva, offer magnificent views over the Central Valley.
And of Course, the Waterfalls!
The highlight of La Paz Waterfall Gardens is, of course, the waterfalls. From the first one to the last they all are excited to see and experience. They offer some of the most incredible views in Costa Rica! Magia Blanca, the largest is thrilling to get close to and feel the tremendous power of the water splash on your face! All of the waterfalls have multiple lookout points so you can see different views of each waterfall. The last lookout gives you views of three waterfalls at the same time! To note there are lots of steps to enjoy these waterfalls, but it is well worth the exercise!
The Unique Beauty of La Paz Waterfalls Gardens
Tours of La Paz Waterfall Gardens provide the ideal activities for those looking for a local trip in the central valley. This tour can be done in a day. However, lodgings are lovely here! The hills of Heredia give you the experience of the real rural Costa Rica, while you travel in lush green rain forests with stunning views. The trails are paved and manageable and available to all people.
There are two ways to reach La Paz. If you go by car; from San Jose take the Alajuela exit, and follow the signs for Poas. You will reach a three-way intersection, at the Jaulares Restaurant, take a right, drive through Poasito, until the intersection for Heredia, Vara Blanca Sarpiqui; turn right again and take a left at the gas station in Vara Blanca, keep going for about three miles and La Paz Gardens will be on your left. If you are going by bus; take the bus to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in San Jose on Calle 12 and Av 9. Ask the driver if the bus went through Vara Blanca and requested to be dropped off at the entrance of the Park.