La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Experience Costa Rica’s famed natural beauty and biodiversity in an eco-friendly way with a day trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose. Observe rescued rain forest creatures like spider monkeys, toucans, tree frogs and even jaguars while learning about the nature reserve’s conservation efforts. Lunch among the serene jungle setting and transport from San Jose are included.
  • Full-day tour to La Paz Waterfall Garden from San Jose
  • Visit a popular nature reserve and learn about ongoing conservation efforts
  • Observe native Costa Rican wildlife in 10 carefully designed exhibits
  • See rescued pumas, jaguars, monkeys, amphibians, birds, and more
  • Eco-friendly and responsible way to learn about Costa Rican wildlife
  • Lunch and transport from San Jose hotels included

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz


  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located San Jose hotels

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

After morning pickup at Your San Jose hotel, leave the city behind and watch the landscape change as you drive past coffee plantations and fields rich with ferns, flowers, and strawberries. When you arrive at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, get an orientation to all that this popular nature reserve has to offer. Designed with eco-friendly principles in mind, La Paz aims to protect Costa Rica’s natural treasures will educating visitors about its extraordinary biodiversity and need for careful conservation.
Stroll along more than 2 miles (3.5 km) of walking trails that run through 10 different exhibits showcasing native Costa Rican species. Admire winged wonders at the Aviary, Hummingbird Garden, and Butterfly Observatory, and view the rain forest’s cold-blooded critters at the Serpentarium and Frog Exhibit. Monkey around with rehabilitated spider and white-faced monkeys, and watch rescued jaguars, pumas and other endangered Central American felines prowl (on the other side of safety glass) at the Jungle Cats exhibit.
Your can also get a taste of traditional Costa Rican country life at the Casita de la Paz reproduced historical farmhouse and soak up the serene beauty of Trout Lake and natural waterfalls. Midday, take a break for an included lunch surrounded by the lush tropical scenery. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your San Jose hotel in the afternoon.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is highly recommended that you bring long pants, a light jacket, comfortable shoes and a camera
  • Minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to run; if the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Robert F
, Mar 2019

Firstly the tour itself was well run and the guides good, the bus was at my hotel 5 minutes before the agreed time so I didn’t have to wait. The gardens themselves were a big disappointment, the description states that these are rescue animals and I assumed therefore that this meant they would be in good enclosures which replicate their natural environment. This did not prove to be the case with jaguars and ocelots kept in enclosures about half the size of a tennis court and birds of prey and macaws in enclosures where they had no chance of flying. I regret taking this tour.

Mary M
, Mar 2019

Don't leave San Jose without taking a tour to La Paz waterfalls and animal sanctuary. It's a day of wonder and awe.......hummingbirds whiz by your face with butterflies landing on your shoulder. It doesn't get any better. The tour guide and driver kept us safe and provided a wonderful and entertaining day!

Lawrence S
, Mar 2019

This tour was fabulous! The bus was there early to pick us up at our hotel. Hugo our tour guide was fantastic. He provided information on the way there and back as very as being very informative about the animals, birds and plant life at La Paz. The lunch that was included was very good. We also got to stop for strawberries on the way back to San Jose. Wonderful Tour!

Martha W S
, Jan 2018


, Dec 2017

It was a great experience, we had lots of fun, we got to see animals up close and the waterfall was amazing. even though it was raining it was lots of fun. being able to see the hummingbirds up close was amazing,

Natshalee N
, Oct 2017

The guide was very informative and I learned a lot about volcanos. I couldn't see anything due to the fog! Mother nature at its best! But I enjoy the scenic drive to and from the volcano. The church in Cartago is beautiful! This tour does not include lunch so have some snacks in your bag.

, Oct 2017

Eugenio and Enrique were very helpful,I got meet them close and share few jokes with them super nice guys,I highly recommed these guys!!!!! thanks so very much for making trip pleasent even thought we had a rainy day they made it right...

Jayanthi K
, Aug 2017

I really enjoyed this eco-tour. The guide was informative and knowledgeable. And the Driver made me feel Safe.
La Paz Waterfall Garden is essentially private property. There are some interesting areas- the Serpentarium has over 30 exhibits of poisonous and venomous Snakes found in Costa Rica the Butterfly Garden was simply amazing. The frog exhibit, the humming birds, the Big Cats, the aviary, the monkeys.... There was simply a Lot to See. The Gardens are fantastic! The included Lunch at the Colibries Restaurant was pretty good with a wide variety of food and beverages served.
The waterfalls themselves are awe inspiring. Be warned though- this is quite a hike. The steps can be slippery when wet and are steep. If you go down to see the waterfalls, you have to hike back up. I did them all and am glad that I did.
The only issue- I did not See La Paz waterfall!!! I thought that was the whole Point of this tour. The viewpoint to La Paz waterfall was a 5-10 Minute drive from the exit! I saw the falls on a different tour.

kristin c
, Apr 2017

Tour was great my son loved it. Not enough time to explore the trout lake, which wasn't even part of the tour. But because I read and planned ahead, we managed to see it. Since it was a little cool fishing wasn't a option for me anyway. I think the tour should be optional not mandatory. overall A+


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