La Paz Waterfall Gardens
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Key Info

Vara Blanca

Price & Hours

$42 for adults; $26 for kids 3-12
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Short for Catarata La Paz (or "peace waterfall"), La Paz may seem quiet and still at first glance. But take another look, and you'll find this rainforest buzzing with activity. From croaking frogs and fluttering butterflies to rumbling jaguars and howling spider monkeys, there are plenty of creatures to be found in this wildlife-lover's paradise. And there is much for nature-seekers to admire too, from the garden's five flowing waterfalls to its colorful orchids and sea of leafy green canopies.

Recent travelers said it is a must-see for every first-time visitor to Costa Rica, describing the waterfalls as "amazingly beautiful." Others were pleased with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you don't want to pay the admission price, you can see the waterfalls from the highway, according to visitors. But many said the entrance fees were worth the experience.

La Paz is located along the northeastern edge of Volcán Poás in Costa Rica's Northern Plains. The easiest way to reach La Paz is to take the one-hour bus, taxi, or car ride from San José; just follow the Pan-American Highway. You can also book transportation through the website. The park, which recommends guests set aside at least two hours to explore, welcomes visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which includes access to all the trails and attractions, costs $44  for adults and $28 for children ages 3 to 12. There is also an inexpensive and expansive buffet lunch if you want to eat at the park (for an additional fee).

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