The original attraction here consists of a series of trails through primary and secondary forests alongside La Paz River, with lookouts over a series of powerful falls, including the namesake La Paz Fall. In addition to the orchid garden and a hummingbird garden, you must visit the huge butterfly garden. A small serpentarium, featuring a mix of venomous and nonvenomous native snakes, several terrariums containing frogs and lizards, and a section of wildcats and local monkey species in large enclosures are added attractions. Although the admission fee is a little steep, everything is well done, especially the trails and waterfalls. That said, some find the whole operation a little artificial in feel. Yet it’s a good place to get a broad experience in one compact package, especially for families with young children. This is also a nice stop after a morning visit to the Poás Volcano. Plan to spend 3 to 4 hours here. The hotel rooms here at Peace Lodge are some of the nicest in the country.
Alajuela, Poas & the Airport Area
Alajuela, Poas & the Airport Area› Attraction
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
6km (3 3/4 miles) north of Varablanca on the road to San Miguel.
Our Rating Hours Daily 8am–5pm Transportation There is no easy or regular bus service here, so you will need to come in a rental car or taxi, or arrange transport with the gardens. Phone 2482-2720 Prices Admission $40 adults, $26 children 3–12, free for children 2 and under Web site La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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