Day Trip From San Jose To Wildlife Refuge La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We picked up travellers at any Hotel in San Jose downtonw, Heredia downtown or Alajuela Downtown
  • Return Details :
    Same of departure - lobby of the hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the # 1 most visited private ecological attraction in Costa Rica that offers you the best trails near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, including the famous La Paz Waterfall, an animal sanctuary and private reserve of wildlife with more than 100 species of animals and environmental education programs. Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, trails, aviary with 40 species of birds, feeding toucans in the palm of the hand, titi monkeys, insect display, butterfly garden with their laboratory, 2-toed sloths, white-faced or capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, garden of hummingbirds with more than 26 documented species, feeding hummingbirds in the palm of the hand in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium, jaguar, pumas, ocelots, tigrillos, cauceles, house of peace with area of domestic animals and cart with oxen. Frog, display of orchids, display of heliconias, bromeliads.

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spend a day surrounded by the natural wonders of the tropical forest in the gardens of the La Paz waterfall. Walk along a paved path to a thunderous waterfall, admire the flora and fauna of the place and observe a variety of colorful tropical birds and exotic animal species up close. 

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel, get on your transfer vehicle and head to the gardens of the La Paz waterfall. Visit ten animal exhibitions to see fascinating creatures, such as butterflies, monkeys, toads, snakes, exotic birds and even felines from the jungle that roam the place. 

Take a moderate-intensity hike to the gardens of the La Paz waterfall, an exuberant green space where biodiversity is very present. Walk the paved trail of 3 kilometers (1.8 mi), which will take you to the base of the La Paz waterfall. This ecological park, with a height that varies between 1,200 and 1,500 meters (4,000 to 5,000 ft), is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. 

Make a stop at the aviary and admire this birdwatchers' paradise. Many species take refuge in this fascinating reserve, such as colorful toucans, wild turkeys, macao macaws, finches and honeycreepers. Walk surrounded by more than 4,000 butterflies that fly in the butterfly garden and learn about the different stages of its development. 

The La Paz waterfall is a perfect and relaxing destination for the whole family, full of opportunities to take photographs worthy of a postcard of the fantastic natural beauty of Costa Rica.




All taxes, fees and handling charges

Bottled water

Lunch - Buffet lunch


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Entry/Admission - Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz

Guaranteed to skip the lines



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Dress code is smart casual

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Small groups ( 5-8 passenger maximum per excursion)

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Nov-2022

    Los guías muy amables y enseñan mucho, el restaurante bastante bueno y las cataratas increíbles. Lo que deja un sabor amargo es el “refugio de animales “ que es en realidad un zoológico con espacios muy reducidos y animales estresados…. Muy triste para un lugar con tanto espacio.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    We booked via Viator with Destiny tours to see the La Paz waterfall gardens. We stopped by a coffee plantation which was pretty and interesting on the way. The gardens were really fantastic - the grounds were beautiful, their sanctuary animals were fun to see and the waterfall walk was phenomenal. Our guides Oscar and Ronnie were great and helpful. Lunch was included.

  • 13-Oct-2022

    I had a pleasurable experience from the beginning to the end. The guide & driver were awesome! I was picked up at my hotel right on time & then we headed to the beautiful coffee plantation, had breakfast, went to the poas volcano & then to the waterfall gardens. The waterfalls were amazing, just be prepared to climb lots of stairs.

  • 05-Aug-2022

    I took 1/2 day of La Paz waterfall garden and Refuge animal tour Ronnie was a wonderful tour guide so much information I learned regard wild life and nature. Seeing the Water fall was imaging. Carlos and Danny was the best drivers especially Carlos so friendly happy full with information around the areas until I met up with the group for the tours

  • 21-Jul-2022

    Everything was great, the tour guide was amazing, loved the park and waterfalls, it’s a nice place to get in touch with nature, we stop in a coffee place on our way to the park, we’re you can buy coffee and see the coffee plantation, great experience, would recommend

  • 18-Jul-2022

    Persönliche Tour, nice guide Filander, top Wetter Alles tipp top, schöne Anlage mit viel Tieren und schönen Blumen

  • 30-Jun-2022

    Ronny hat viel erklärt und auf dem Hin- und Rückweg gab es einen kurzen Stopp um Fotos von einer Kaffeeplantage zu machen oder Souvenirs zu kaufen. Die Wasserfälle sind wirklich schön.

  • 28-Jun-2022

    Ricardo, our guide was so friendly and a wealth of interesting information. He even helped us barter at a roadside stand. Highly recommend.

  • 12-May-2022

    Amazing tour of the La Paz Falls! The falls were spectacular and our tour guide Ronnie did a fantastic job explaining the different types of plants and wildlife at La Paz. Also entertained us with Costa Rica history and fun facts on our way to the falls. We had a small group of 8 people, highly recommend doing this tour!

  • 28-Feb-2022

    Great day out from San Jose. We had knowledgeable guide who told us all the facts about the places we visited. We visited the coffee fields, went to the top of Poas volcano and saw the crater, a bit of wine tasting and ended up at La Paz. Lovely gardens with animals and beautiful waterfalls. Lunch was good too. Would recommend this trip, really enjoyed it

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