La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program

Map of the Park

Admission to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park for 2016



Adult $40.00

Child $24.00 (03 to 12 years)

Locals and Residents

Adult $22.0

Child $13.00 (03 to 12 years)


Buffet Lunch Colibries Restaurant:


Adult $14.00
Child $8.00 (03 to 12 years)

Locals and Residents

Adult $14.00
Child $8.00 (03 to 12 years)

Our Buffet received the Highest Rating (4 Forks) possible from the Tourism Council. It includes multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican Dishes, Full Salad Bar, Pizza, Garlic Bread, French Fries, Fresh Fruits, Rice Pudding and unlimited fresh fruit juice, coffee and tea.

A la Carte Dining is available in our Big Trout Bar Restaurant and at Tortillas Restaurant

Guided "Behind the Scenes Animal Encounter Tour":

$50 per hour
Average Tour Time is 2 hours - Maximum Group Size is 15.

Space is limited so we recommend making a reservation at



One day tour from San José
Pick up time between (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Rates 2016

From December 16, 2015 until December 15, 2016
Adult: $88 / Children (3-12 years): $78

It includes: Transportation, bilingual tour guide, entry fee and buffet lunch.

Costa Rica Tel/Fax: +(506) 22681643   Cell phone +(506) 83714679
U.S.A Phone: 209 207 3140 e mail:

Tour director: Olman Arce Mejía Certified Tour Guide Lic. I.C.T. # 424

More information about this tour and reservations here


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Attractions at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica

When you think about Costa Rica, you probably imagine lush tropical rain forest, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you are guaranteed to see all that and more.

Waterfall Gardens is open year round from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with our last shuttle pick up from the exit trail at 5:00 p.m. We recommend our last visitors to enter the park at 3:00 p.m. to insure that they have enough time to walk the primary trails. Reservations are not necessary. We can accommodate earlier arrivals and later departures with an advance request.

With over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails and 10 animal exhibits to enjoy, we recommend a minimum of 2 hours for your visit. However, if you would like to see every trail and thoroughly enjoy the time spent in the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, Tica House, Trout Lake and our bird watching areas, you will probably want to stay the whole day.

Waterfall Gardens is primarily a self-guided tour allowing our visitors to proceed directly to their areas of interest. However, we highly recommend the guided tour (as available) to receive the most information and impact from your visit.

“What if it rains?” This is the Rainforest for goodness sake! Seriously, sometimes it does rain here and sometimes it doesn’t stop! However, we do offer raincoats for sale and our trails are designed so you will have places to stop and take cover. However, we do not offer ‘rain days’ for paid tours.

What should you bring? A DIGITAL MEMORY CARD WITH A LOT OF SPACE!! No, that’s just our biased opinion. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes (preferably with a thick tread for hiking the trails and hundreds of stairs), shorts or comfortable pants and a lightweight jacket or raincoat. Please keep in mind that the park ranges in altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet so it can get chilly when the clouds roll in.

Our Attractions

Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with 40 species of birds, toucan feeding, marmoset monkeys,  insect exhibit, butterfly observatory and butterfly gardens, butterfly laboratory, two-toed sloths, Capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium (snake exhibit), Jaguar, pumas, ocelots, jaguarundi, margays, casita de la paz with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit, bromeliad exhibit.  All of these offered at one place makes us the best eco park in Costa Rica. 
We offer special discounts for religious missionary groups and nonprofit environmental education groups and school groups.  Please contact us with information about your group.  

Waterfalls jungle cats butterfly
Waterfalls Jungle Cats Butterflies
tucano-toucan hummingbird monkeys
Aviary Hummingbirds Monkeys
snakes frog country house
Snakes Frogs Casita
trout lake    
Trout Lake    


Interesting Facts about La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Property Size:  70 Acres or 28 Hectares
River Frontage:  .65 miles or 1 kilometer
Altitude:  5,225 ft to 4,200 ft.
Number of Waterfalls:  5
Rainfall:  14-15 ft per year or 3,500-3,800 mm per year.


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