Costa Rica has many beautiful touristic areas such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a Nature Park that has become almost a mandatory visit for tourists and locals. In fact, these Gardens are the most visited privately owned ecological attraction in the country. It has the most incredible waterfalls and it is also an animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals and environmental education program. This park is located in Vara Blanca, Heredia Province, about one hour and a half from San Jose's downtown.
La Paz River breaks at least five times, in amazing waterfalls that can be seen from different areas and angles. After each fall, the water takes its course in the river's channel. The forest area is currently protected under a private animal sanctuary status and they have reforesting programs for the unoccupied pastureland.
Daily, a lot of Costa Rican families and people from other countries visit this Nature Park and enjoy five waterfalls, clouds and rainforests, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding demonstration time, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 species, serpentarium, jaguars and pumas.
You can also enjoy delicious traditional Costa Rican dishes in the park's restaurant and if you want to spend the night to continue appreciating the area, you can stay in one of the 17 units of the Peace Lodge.
La Nacion, one of the most important local Newspapers in Costa Rica, catalogued La Paz Waterfalls as one of the seven touristic wonders of the country; therefore, if you travel to Costa Rica, make sure to take some time and visit this beautiful park.
Written by Lisbeth Mena
LARM Costa Rica Country Director
Fotos Graciela Solis, La Nación
Butterfly Observatory amd La Paz Waterfall