La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca

4.6
#1 of 36 in Wildlife in Province of Alajuela
Waterfall Nature / Park
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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  • Don't miss the Fern Trail. Most people only go to see the animals, birds, butterflies, and the waterfalls. However, take a hike off to the left of the commissary to see the fern trail. It was empty (o...  more »
  • Scenery,buffet,buildings and proximity to san jose make it a wise choice.The waterfalls are beautiful and they have a nice hummingbird and large cats exhibit.IF you are going towards jaco however I wo...  more »
  • Perfect place to watch the animals of Costa Rica very closely. Many species. Cleanliness and good facilities. The Park plan distributed at the entrance to the trails to his guise and road signs. Buffet for lunch.
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  • WOW! Totally worth it! I was a little leery of spending so much on a tour, but I was astounded at how neat this place was. Very well organized, TASTY food, knowledgable, clean, and very helpful staff. The animals are amazing and easy to see - better than most zoos I have been to. You actually walk through the poison dart frog display, there are thousands of butterflies, and the hummingbirds are incredible. The waterfalls were breathtaking and even though it rained heavily, this was one tour you don't want to miss! Caution: There are a fair amount of stairs and wet surfaces - you'll want to bring a pair of closed-toe shoes. I highly recommend this place! 5-stars!!
  • Really beautiful site. Quick 2 hour tour of waterfalls and wildlife. Quite expensive. The buffet is alright but we prefer the sodas and cevichitas elsewhere.
  • Beyond beautiful. To listen to the refreshing sound of water breaking at the bottom of the fall. It doesn't get much better than this. The air was intoxicating.
  • 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!
  • Amazing .... we have lived in the area for almost 2 years and this was our first time visiting.... well maintained, clean and friendly staff. Wonderful how they managed to incorporate walking trails and exhibits into the natural beauty that's already there. The only thing manmade are the exhibits and habitat areas for the rescue animals. The butterfly habitat was out of this world. I could easily spend hours there. With Poas volcano erupting this was a beautiful experience. Whether the volcano reopens soon or not. You need to add this stop to your adventure here. Pura Vida!!

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