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La Paz Waterfall Gardens
The splendid gardens of La Paz are located on the slopes of the Poas volcano, just an hour from San Jose, in the central highlands. This area is rich in bio diversity thanks to an altitude of that varies between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, allowing for both cloud forest and rain forest to co-exist. Be prepared for a truly magical experience. Here, visitors will find the largest butterfly observatory in the world, hummingbird and bromeliad gardens, a serpentarium, frog pond, and 5 striking waterfalls.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Amongst the lush rainforest, flowers, and colorful birds lay three kilometers of paved trails that wrap around these remarkable waterfalls. The platforms along the trail afford you the luxury of viewing the waterfalls from above, below, and center while being misted by its spray. Trails follow along the La Paz River and begin at the welcome center where you proceed to the hummingbird garden.
The hummingbird garden is home to twenty four species of these vibrantly colored little creatures. Feeders are dispersed throughout the garden, making it easy to observe their interactions and feeding habits. Next take a stroll through the exotic Orchid garden and into the Frog Pond. Here you'll find frogs like the poison dart frog and green leaf frogs. The Serpentarium hosts thirty different species of snakes found all over Costa Rica.
At La Paz Waterfall gardens you will not only experience the raw power of nature but also its softer side. This is home to the largest butterfly observatory in the world. The football field length enclosed structure allows the butterflies to soar freely amid their natural habitat. This is an amazing educational opportunity with on-site guides ready to answer any questions as well as to point out the harder to see things like eggs, caterpillars and illusively camouflaged butterflies.
Hungry anyone? Come fish in our trout lake where you can actually catch your own dinner if you choose. Otherwise calm your hunger at the big trout bar or dine at the Colibries restaurant where you'll find a variety of food.
La Paz Facilities
Butterfly observatory, Hummingbird garden, frog pond, serpentarium, trout lake lodging at the Peace Lodge, two restaurants, gift shop, an orchid terrace
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Best experience ever we loved this place it was a great stay great staff and awesome waterfall experiences
We loved the Poas area...the geography, the volcano, Doka coffee plantation tour was interesting. La Paz Waterfall Garden was a little too refined, but the buffet lunch was very tasty
It was hard to leave our hotel without a car since it was so far off by itself. The seclusion was nice though. I wish we could have done more tours in the area.
We spent over 3 hours touring La Paz Waterfalls and Gardens and truly enjoyed it.
The meal was very good, the tour was great, although zoos are less appealing to me, I enjoyed learning about wildlife at the beginning of our trip in Costa Rica. It made it easier to spot and appreciate the wildlife.
We were impressed with this beautiful park. Restaurant was excellent, enjoyed seeing all birds, butterflies, snakes, frogs, and cats and the waterfall...exhausted at end of day from hiking! A great last day in Costa Rica. We were fortunate to see the Poas Volcano...on a clear day, as well.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a must see!
Very safe! Not too touristy. Absolutely would suggest the area for nature lovers. Locals were friendly and helpful. Amazing experience. Very well described representation of the area.
Good for nature lovers. Little touristy but lots to see.
We had a good time even in the rain
Precioso. Un poco turistico pero las cataratas son preciosas. El volcan Poas cercano es increible.
Lunch buffet was great. Enjoyed the animals
We loved La Paz! It was a unique and beautiful experience. A little rainy, but scenic and lots to do here, my husband enjoyed the hummingbirds immensely, and the lodge was gorgeous. I have never been anywhere like this hotel.
This area was VERY hilly. Difficult to walk the whole park if you are not in shape. We loved the scenery and the waterfalls, but again 1-2 days was plenty.
Gorgeous place to visit. There is work still being done as they are recovering from the Earthquake. From what I am told we didn't actually see La Paz Waterfall because the road to it is closed. We saw 5 waterfalls while we were there...all beautiful.
beautiful! The only drawback was that we were there in the morning and we were a bit rushed. I would have liked to stayed another night!!
The Lodge is absolutely the place to stay, the gardens are fantastic, the birds, big cats, butterflies and so on are in a very well designed "zoo" in the middle of the rain forest valley very very nice.but nothing is perfect, so the restaurant at the Lodge is not up to the standard of the hotel and is too expensive, we trusted "fodors" and found the recommended restaurants and small places which were great, there are not too many of them but the locals were really really nice, of course when the language is not a barrier it helps.........One has to go to Poas Volcano, absolutely breath taking if you are lucky, go very early in fact be there at the opening of the park, you have to walk quite a bit so take water with you and a back pack, it is up in altitude and the clouds of the rain forest covers the crater most of the day and you cannot see much of anything, however in the early morning the sky is mostly clear, the moisture comes in the afternoon with the heat of the day....... at 8 am we had a complete and total view of the crater, with the sulfate fumes coming out and the view of the lava valley and so on, stay no more than 20 minutes ( sulfate fumes will overwhelm you) and then take a walk up to the lake and down to the rain forest trail....... if you do this at noon you'll probably miss a lot except for the tourists buses coming from San Jose. you absolutely need a 4x4 some of the roads are in really bad shape, there was an earthquake centered at Poas two years ago, landslides are still visible and some portion of the roads were washed away and never fixed, in my opinion it is part of the fun.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens was a spectacular place! We were awed by everything it had to offer. We would highly recommend it to everyone.