San Jose

Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River

San Jose, Costa Rica
Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Safari in Sarapiqui River
  • 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the bio diversity and natural majesty of Costa Rica’s most-visited nature reserve on this full-day, guided tour to La Paz Waterfall gardens with safari boat tour on the Sarapiqui River included. Learn about and see exotic animals and insects living in the animal sanctuary. Relax during a boat cruise as your guide points out monkeys, birds, sloth, ocelots, jaguar and more along the shore line.
  • Full-day, guided tour of a private nature park and animal sanctuary
  • Visit the La Paz Waterfall gardens
  • Cruise down the Sarapiqui River to see vegetation and exotic wildlife
  • Park entrance fees, transportation, and lunch included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

Pickup details

Travellers will be picked up at the Hotel lobby

What To Expect

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sarapiqui River

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Featured review
If you want to see all kinds of animals this is definitely the best tour to go on. The park/ refuge was beautiful, nice meal, the river cruise was soo relaxing. We also saw beautiful waterfalls. I'm most appreciative of our tour guide Will! He was informative the whooole time. He was kind, helpful, and made sure we had a very nice time. Thanks Will!


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Waterfalls, Toucans and Jaguars!
Elizabeth_O, Mar 2024
What beautiful waterfalls Costa Rica has, and easy to get to! But we wouldn't have learned that 80% of Costa Rica's electricity comes from hydroelectric power until we spent the day with our fabulous guide. Our trip circumnavigated a large area of Costa Rica, from the river to the volcanic mountains that produce waterfalls, and included a beautiful tropical garden and a walk through the man-made habitats that protect rescued wild animals, from Toucans to Jaguars. Beautiful and memorable trip.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We are happy to know that the tour was to your satisfaction. Thank you for sharing your experience. Pura vida
Sarapequi River tour and La Paz Wildlife Rescue and Waterfalls
Barbara_K, Jan 2024
The guide, Oscar, spoke English well. He was right on time to pick me up at the hotel. His car was in good condition and clean. He was very knowledgeable about any aspect of Costa Rica: history, politics, geography, flora y fauna. We took several stops to get something to drink and snacks both going and returning to Sarapequi River and the La Paz Wildlife Refuge and waterfalls. I enjoyed the relaxing boat trip to see a sloth, Howler monkeys, and water birds: green ibis and white egret. The La Paz Refuge also had monkeys, birds, butterflies, and ocelots and Jaguars. The buffet restaurant there was quite good. The trail to the waterfalls was beautiful, but had I realized that there would be hundreds of stairs to climb up and down, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I use a cane to walk so….yeah. Definitely not for people who use wheelchairs—But for everyone else, this tour is wonderful.
Amazing experience-No better way to see Costa Rica
Rebecca_L, Jul 2023
I was going to wait until I got home to write this but I couldn’t wait. I had the most amazing excursion today with tour guide Ricardo. The Sarapiqui River cruise was beautiful and there were a lot of animals around- most of them up in trees so I highly recommend binoculars. La Paz Waterfall Garden is absolutely stunning. There is an animal sanctuary that is interesting to see, the grounds are beautiful. There are a lot of steps which I enjoyed but might not be great for everyone. The waterfalls themselves truly are amazing and worth the trip. The best part of my excursion was my guide Ricardo who was very kind and incredibly knowledgeable. If, like myself, you are interested in learning more about Costa Rican history, politics, and way of life, then I would recommend asking for him by name. He is also very knowledgeable about wildlife and conservation. We also made an unscheduled stop at a cafe restaurant (because I wanted coffee) with an amazing view and toucans and hummingbirds right there feeding. Definitely ask him to take you there too if that is your thing. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and am grateful for the memories.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
We are so happy to know you had a great time during this excursion and were able to enjoy it . Thank you very much for sharing your experience. PUra vida
denis_A, Apr 2023
My experience was amazing with my tour guide Oscar because he showed me the best part of Costa Rica. Since it was my first time traveling I needed a tour instead of doing it on my own. The first stop was the coffee shop that is made there and the view was phenomenal. While I was buying the coffee he showed me the rocking chair which I loved and I sat down and saw the view. The second tour was the best one which was the waterfall La Paz it felt like I was in the movies .. the rest of the tour was great..I needed a tour because I wanted to know the Country well in Costa Rica.. if you like nature this is the place for you to visit .. he showed me a lot of things which next time I know where to go when I come back to Costa Rica.. he also recommended me places to go which it was nice of him to do that ..
La Paz and Mountain View’s.
James_V, Feb 2023
La Paz water falls. Panoramic views of the Jungles and mountains.Impressed with Cheetah’s and Lions.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Great to know you enjoyed the tour . THank you for sharing your experience !!!
So many animals! Perfect Tour to see CR
Patricia_H, Mar 2022
If you want to see all kinds of animals this is definitely the best tour to go on. The park/ refuge was beautiful, nice meal, the river cruise was soo relaxing. We also saw beautiful waterfalls. I'm most appreciative of our tour guide Will! He was informative the whooole time. He was kind, helpful, and made sure we had a very nice time. Thanks Will!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Patricia.. Glad to know you enjoyed every part of the trip. thank you for your feedback ..
Our guide was Arturo and he was a...
Steven_S, Aug 2018
Our guide was Arturo and he was a very nice fellow. He was very accomodating to our needs, since my husband and I were the only ones on the tour. It was a national holiday, so it worked out perfect for us, since we had no traffic leaving the city. The Waterfall gardens is an incredible place. It is a must see place! Arturo guide us through the place. He had a lot of knowledge about the animals and plants. Very calm and sweet person. We were able to spend really a long time at this place and see the Sloth in action. If you want to go to the river, this a a much better tour than the one with the Irazu volcano.
Response from Host, May 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are happy to know that the tour and service provided met your expectations. Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to show you our country. !!
Great value for money!
ROSA_T, Dec 2020
Disfrutamos mucho de nuestra visita a los jardines de La Paz así como del Safari por el río Sarapiquí. La parada en la Hacienda cafetera es un gran acierto, el café es excelente. Un 10 para nuestro guía Oscar Sandoval y para el conductor Eduardo, excelentes personas y profesionales. Incluso nos hicieron un quick tour por San José a nuestro regreso al hotel! 100% recomendable!! Saludos desde Mallorca :)
Response from Host, Dec 2020
Hola Rosa. Nos alegra enormemente saber que disfrutaron de la excursion y de la compañia de nuestros amigos Oscar y Eduardo. Muchas gracias por compartir su experiencia con otros pasajeros .. Saludos y Pura vida !!

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