La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca

(4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Enjoy the lush natural environment of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, wandering over 3.5 km (2.1 mi) of beautiful hiking trails through clouds and rainforests. You'll observe waterfalls and various animals along the way, including jungle cats and enormous aviaries, as well as plenty of other exhibits. You can amble independently around the site at your leisure, or take a guided tour. After taking in all the nature, consider eating at the restaurant and bar on Trout Lake. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes for the trails, as well as an extra layer of clothing in case the weather turns cold. Plan your La Paz Waterfall Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vara Blanca using our Vara Blanca travel itinerary maker.
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  • The grounds are lovely. Many wonderful animals - loved that they are rescued rather than a typical zoo. The waterfalls are easy to to get to if you can handle stairs. Great place to see a lot if you d...  more »
  • La Paz Waterfalls Gardens is an all time Costa Rica favorite attraction. You should visit if you get the chance! Take into consideration that the downhill trail is hard on the knees and back! Other th...  more »
  • Although pricey, the park is very nice and very well done. Totally integrated in the nature. Very nice!  more »
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  • Perhaps the best natural 'man-made' site I visited in a week while in Costa Rica! Very well maintained site, super friendly staff and plenty of great stuff to enjoy from waterfalls, flowers to animals. Plenty of restrooms and a nice restaurant. What more could you ask for!
  • So expensive...But SO worth it! Make sure your physically able to climb and descend stairs. Also, there are tons of animals to see before the waterfalls... It's practically a zoo!
  • Beautiful place to visit. Be aware: lots of stairs to get there. Wear super comfortable shoes
  • Agree with Lonely Planet's assessment, the set up makes it accessible for kids and the elderly. We visited for mum's 75th birthday. We got there a bit late in the day so while we had to dodge, ok run from, large tour groups the up side was that animals were active as they get fed at 4. The park is well maintained but the enclosures could use more enrichment for the animals. The humming bird feeding area was an unexpected highlight.
  • Cool place. Excellent restaurant (ask for buffet). Try to get there early to see all the animals active, in the afternoon they are more inactive (resting). Selfies with the toucan is a must! All paths are paved. Bring your coat or poncho (it rains frequently). Make sure you visit all the waterfalls. Bring a water bottle. Ask for "agua dulce" in the typical house (where the ox is located).