San Jose

Day trip from San Jose to Wildlife Refuge La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Day trip from San Jose to Wildlife Refuge La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Home to over 100 species of animals, five waterfalls and a cloud forest the Wildlife Refuge La Paz Waterfall gardens is bursting with bio diversity. Visit, explore, learn and even hike among the sloths, monkeys, tropical birds, pumas, ocelots and more who call Costa Rica’s most visited private ecological reserve home. Take in the incredible plant life like wild orchids on this full-day, small group tour with lunch included.
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s rich bio diversity at a nature reserve
  • See waterfalls, rainforest, cloud forest and an aviary
  • Hike and explore the reserve in a small group
  • Entrance fees, lunch and transpiration included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional 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

10:00 AM

Pickup details

We picked up travellers at any Hotel in San Jose downtonw, Heredia downtown or Alajuela Downtown

What To Expect

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

8 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Great day out from San Jose. We had knowledgeable guide who told us all the facts about the places we visited. We visited the coffee fields, went to the top of Poas volcano and saw the crater, a bit of wine tasting and ended up at La Paz. Lovely gardens with animals and beautiful waterfalls. Lunch was good too. Would recommend this trip, really enjoyed it


82 reviews
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Highly recommended
stoliver2017, Feb 2024
12/10 stars. The guide is very informative and well studied in the species and plants of the CR. Will be returning in the future
Great excursion, beautiful waterfalls
sherri_r, Feb 2024
Overall fun, well planned excursion, with a great guide. Beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Fun hiking around the area.
Jane_S, Feb 2024
Very simple to book, confirmed and then arrived to pick us up on time. Our guide Charlton was superb. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunch was included which was a nice bonus.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Jane, we are glad to know you had such a great time during the excursion, Thank you for sharing your comments
Carolyn_B, Feb 2024
The visit to La Paz Gardens was wonderful- a combination of seeing animals up close and walking through the park to see waterfalls was perfect. The traffic was horrendous, so be prepared to be in the van for many hours.
Wonderful introduction to Costa Rica by our Viator guide
Carol_H, Feb 2024
We saw more monkeys, toucans, waterfalls and so much more on this excursion than we did in the next 2 wks on our Costa Rica tour! Loved this great introduction to Costa Rica with a knowledgeable guide!
Worth the price
Gladys_D, Feb 2024
Love seeing the fauna and waterfalls, was gorgeous. A lot of steps to go down and up, but worth it. All the exhibits were great, butterfly, hummingbirds, Wild animals, toucans and sloth. Great location for the restaurant for lunch
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It is good to know you enjoyed the excursion. thank you for sharing your comments. Pura vida
Mark_B, Feb 2024
Simply awful I don’t know where to begin. First, the tour is not as advertised. We spent the first 3.5hours driving to a coffee plantation that’s not on the itinerary. No one on the tour knew this or wanted to go. So we collectively decided not to. The guide, Fran, then got angry and confrontational. We were also supposed to pick up an additional four people halfway on the tour, but after the coffee plantation issue, suddenly that didn’t happen. The driver then proceeded to drive VERY slowly to the waterfall park seemingly to kill time. After four plus hours we finally arrived at the waterfall park around 12:30. Now about the park. Despite claims to the contrary this is clearly a zoo not a rescue reserve (since when do butterflies, snakes and hummingbirds need rescue?). The puma and other cats looked miserable pacing back and forth in cramped cages. Whatever the tour company writes in reply to this review you can ignore. Others on the tour will confirm my version of events. Avoid this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We regret that the tour was not to your satisfaction. I must tell you that during the trip to La Paz, a stop is made at a coffee plantation as a plus to the tour. Regarding La Paz Waterfall Gardens, it is not a zoo, it is an animal rescue center. They collect sick animals or animals that have had some type of accident and that unfortunately cannot return to their natural habitat. However, we greatly appreciate your comments. Gracias
Great Wildlife and Scenic Tour
Tom_W, Feb 2024
This is a fantastic way to see tropical birds, sloths and other animals and reptiles up close with an informative English speaking guide. The gardens and waterfalls are also beautiful. It was a perfect way to spend our ladt day in Costa Rica.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
thank you for sharing your comments about the tour. Glad to know it was to your satisfaction.
This excursion is a must!
Laura_W, Feb 2024
We loved being so close to the animals! The toucan’s were my favorite. The lunch was great! The water falls were breath taking! We loved it all. So beautiful!
La Paz Waterfall
Susan_B, Jan 2024
Awesome day with a great guide! You need to do this tour if you are in San Jose. You will see Costa Rica’s wonders in person.
Great day with nature
Janet_E, Jan 2024
Arlington our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable!! The experience was excellent! The lunch which is included was a buffet and the grounds and waterfalls beautiful!! The stop at the Starbucks facility was fun!!
Awesome experience!
Jason_S, Dec 2023
This activity has been one of the best of our trip. Fran, the tour guide, was fantastic. She is proud and knowledgeable of not only this activity, but Costa Rica's history as well. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this activity. I highly recommend it to anyone travelling here.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Jason..It is great to know that you had such a great day with Fran.. She is just great .. thank you for sharing your comments
Great experience.
rod, Dec 2023
Great experience, and our guide Freddy was fantastic. The owner of the grounds did a great job with everything.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you very much for sharing your comments. We are glad to know you enjoyed the day.
Melissa_S, Dec 2023
The sanctuary animals and the butterfly house were wonderful, made better by our guide's extensive knowledge and interesting stories.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Great to know you had such a great day .Thank you
Many Thanks!!!
Ursula_T, Dec 2023
Roger Carrillo, our driver, was a wonderful guide. Explained in detail the birds, big cats, and all other wildlife ...we went with him to the waterfalls!!! He was very knowledgeable of everything. Many Thanks Roger!!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Ursula, thank you for the feedback. We are happy to read that Roger did a great job and that you enjoyed the tour.
Great tour
Gale_P, Dec 2023
Great tour. Our tour director, Roger, was outstanding!! Tour was a nice variety of walking, various animals, and beautiful waterfalls. Lunch was a nice buffet.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
That is great. thank you for sharing your experience.
deniselesley100, Nov 2023
Fabulous day out thanks to Arturo and Daniel. Very informative. Spectacular views. Thanks for your guidance.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hi Denise, thank you for your comments. It is great to know that our driver/guide did a good job and that you were able to enjoy the excursion.. Pura vida
Don’t recommend
Jason_S, Nov 2023
Very expensive and you don’t actually see much. The lunch is disappointing. Rushed. The tour guide proactively begged for tips, which is very unprofessional.
Amazing wildlife experience
Lorraine_H, Nov 2023
Experiencing the four waterfalls was amazing. Great views, atmosphere, and natural beauty. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us great information as we trekked to the different spots.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
It is good to know you had such an amazing day during this tour. Thank you for sharing your experience.
NOBODY LISTENED to the cancellation request
Cheryl_M, Oct 2023
I called to cancel 2 days prior to my scheduled visit. The fee was 45.00 more than what was posted on the TripAdvisor platform. But 175.00 was posted to my PayPal account. So I canceled. NOBODY LISTENED to my cancellation. Nor was there a response. A 1230AM call was received from the phone that was used to cancel the day before, stating a car would pick me up at a designated location. NOBODY WAS LISTENING to my cancellation request. The cancellation policy was explicit about canceling 24 hours prior to the scheduled day, but nobody would cancel the 175.00 that was posted to my PayPal account.

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