Paz Waterfall Gardens is absolutely spectacular! This large property
features the World's largest butterfly observatory, hummingbird and
orchid gardens, and perfectly designed, safe trails along the La Paz
River with 5 large waterfalls. Many of our guests have commented that
it is exactly what they envisioned Costa Rica to be: lush, verdant green
rainforest, lots of colorful birds, flowers and butterflies. Make sure
you spend at least a half day at La Paz - you'll love it!
Paz is located on the slope of Poas Volcano, about 1 hour from San Jose.
It's quite large, so you should plan on spending 3-5 hours here. You
start at the Welcome Center, walk down to the World's largest butterfly
observatory, then follow the extensive trails along the La Paz river
past 5 magnificent waterfalls. All trails are either concrete or steel
with handrails, and
are extremely well-designed for people of all ages and abilities. You
keep walking all the way down the river to the end of the trail, and
then a shuttle picks you up and drives you back up the road to the Welcome
Center. It is perfectly designed.
garden is marvelous. Literally hundreds of hummingbirds zoom by your
head zipping their way to and from the various feeders. Informative
signs help you identify each of the species, and describe their habits
and lifespan. It is so artfully and professionally done - it is better
than most museum and zoo displays.
best way to experience La Paz is to leave San Jose early in the morning,
drive to the summit of Poas Volcano, and visit the volcano BEFORE you
visit La Paz. Drive about 30 minutes to La Paz, enjoy the gardens, and
have an excellent lunch buffet at the restaurant. On your way back to
San Jose, you can visit Sarchi village for some shopping.
La Paz is
a great way to begin or end your Costa Rica vacation. We recommend that
you stay in San Jose the night before and the night after your visit
here. Many people prefer La
Paz to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Come see for yourself!