La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring one of the best hikes near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.
The gardens include five waterfalls, safe hiking trails through the cloud forest, an aviary with numerous species of birds and toucan feeding, an insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, Serpentinian (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, Tica house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. With over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails and educational animal exhibits to enjoy, you may want to plan to spend at least 2 hours for your visit. However, if you would like to see every trail and sit or pass slowly through the Aviary and the Butterfly Observatory, as well as enter act with the Hummingbirds, you will need more than 2 hours. Add a visit to the frogs, snakes and wild cat and monkey rescue and you have a full-day tour. There is a decent restaurant on site serving a buffet lunch if you do choose to spend the day.
The waterfall trails are an easy to moderate hike, with beautiful lookouts and benches to rest or observe and take photos. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared with light or waterproof jacket. The park is about 1600 meters above sea level and cools off with cloud cover.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is located 1 hour by car from Villa San Ignacio. Public transportation is limited to this area but has easy access to paved roads. The drive does take you through beautiful, scenic landscape … and a few curves as you wind up the road to higher altitudes. Ideally, take route 107 to San Pedro de Poas, then 146 then 120 then 126.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Recommended visiting before 3:00 p.m.
Entrance fee Adults: $48 (with tax $54) Children 3 to 12 years: $32 (with tax $39)