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.
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
"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"
– Jan 2016
"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."
– Apr 2015
"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."
– Feb 2015
"We spent over 3 hours touring La Paz Waterfalls and Gardens and truly enjoyed it."
– Apr 2015
"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."
– Dec 2013
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