San Jose

La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Wildlife Refuge day tour from San Jose

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Wildlife Refuge day tour from San Jose
  • 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Safely immerse yourself in Costa Rican nature and wildlife on a 7-hour tour to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Leave the busy streets of San Jose behind in comfortable air-conditioned transportation from your hotel. Discover more than 100 species at the sanctuary, including titi monkeys, 2-toed sloths, pumas, and margays. You can even feed hummingbirds by hand. Have your camera ready for the cloud forest, waterfalls, and aviary.
  • Eat a buffet lunch during the tour
  • Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the gardens
  • Travel comfortably in all-inclusive transportation
  • Experience nature in a safe environment

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 pick up all travellers at any Hotel located in San Jose downtown, Heredia downtown or Alajuela downtown.

What To Expect

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

7 minutesAdmission 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 15 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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87 reviews
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Super fantastic
Lauro_D, Feb 2024
Armando and the driver were so professional and considerate. Armando was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire tour. His knowledge of the local people customs and consideration to the group but also to anyone that was lost and needed directions. He is an asset to you company as an ambassador for your organization. His assistance made the trip enjoyable and I would gladly book another tour with him and will be recommending him to friend that plan to make their vacation to Costa Rica San Jose. I’m sorry I could not give him and the driver 10 stars.
Beautiful but go on your own if you want to explore la Paz park
Rebecca_M, Feb 2024
It as a beautiful destination between the views, animals and travel through the countryside , with a great lunch and pleasant and knowledgeable guide, but 5 hours in the van round trip get there was probably not worth it. It was also a big up charge to be a solo traveler- which seemed odd when part of a large group. Other tours I have been on seemed a better value.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for sharing your appreciation of the excursion and your experience.
Worth the money
Barbara_F, Feb 2024
We loved seeing the big cats and the butterfly area was the best we've ever seen. Our guide threw in a stop at a coffee plantation and a strawberry stand. Great extras. La Paz was a little too artificial after our nature walks but the trip was worth it.
One Great Easy Day. you will take a lot of pictures
Heidi_K, Jan 2024
In short, we saw waterfalls close up. We saw rescued animals that cannot be released up close. Had a lovely buffet lunch surrounded by lots of greenery. It really is a nice summary of hiking, rainforests and animal spotting on stairs and walkways without the long days and sweat. We sampled local foods and beverages as well. Our guides Fran and Arthur from Destiny Travel Costa Rica were very knowledgeable and gave us some history and geography of Costa Rica and pointed out important buildings and monuments along the way. They were so friendly and personable. We got ponchos and water so we did not have to pack rain gear. The friendliness of the guides and the others on your tour can set the tone for your day. Our pick up was prompt. Our tour was explained. Everything went according to plan including the heavy traffic back to San Jose that happened on every excursion. Worth the trip.
Amazing experience
Gian_J, Jan 2024
It was amazing, our Guide was amazing and very knowledgable. Everything was professional from pick up to drop off
Great way to spend a day
Amelia_S, Jan 2024
wonderful way to spend a day. Got to stop and taste strawberries and cheese en route and a quick visit to a coffee growing area. At La Paz waterfall gardens, it was wonderful to have a sneak preview of animals we might see in CR. The butterfly garden was magical. Great guide and learned lots about the country. Easy hotel pickup, great driver. Met some lovely people on the tour.
Great Experience!
Myrna_G, Jan 2024
Wonderful experience! Our guide was informative and accommodating. Love seeing all of the wildlife at the refuge up close.
One of our favorite days in Costa Rica
Carol_D, Jan 2024
A very pleasant day trip from San Jose with our tour guide Arturo. First stop - a small coffee farm, where we learned all about the coffee growing, harvesting, processing and roasting process from Arturo. Second stop - a market in strawberry country. So delicious - we had to buy some for later. Third stop and primary destination - La Paz Waterfall and Wildlife Refuge. First the animals - amazing to see the big cats and other animals close up. Then lunch. Then the waterfall, which is spectacular! Many different levels, many different viewpoints.
Great day out
Paul_v, Jan 2024
Booked this trip for first day in Costa Rica and we thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave us an insight into the things we would see later in our holiday
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It is good to know you had such a good time during the excursion. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Great day trip from San Jose
Weilin_W, Jan 2024
Very well organized. Excellent tour guide. Covered a lot of spots without being too intense. Coffee break at a coffee plantation WS nice. Lunch was more than good enough.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are happy to know that you had a great time during this tour. Thank you for sharing... PUra vida
Not to be missed!
Susan_O, Nov 2023
The park is just beautiful. It was truly a pleasure to walk the paths and enjoy both the flora and fauna as well as the gorgeous waterfalls. What a treasure!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Great to know you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for sharing your comments.
Jamey_S, Jun 2023
Best guide best driver ❤️ everything was safe, food was good, he explained everything , awesome road side store stop
Wonderful surprises ....
LOUISE_K, Apr 2023
We were very lucky today to have Fran as our tour guide! Her positive enthusiasm was so infectious and made our day great fun! The tour of the wildlife refuge is magical and unlike anything you'll likely to have experienced before! The 5 waterfalls were spectacular and even as a below average mobile person, I was able to navigate all the steps and pathways through a damp and atmospheric rainforest! 5☆ and highly recommended!
Charleton was an amazing...
Rahel_T, Mar 2023
Charleton was an amazing tour guide. He was very informative, kind and professional. It was more than expected.
Please take this tour
Negasi_G, Dec 2022
I really liked this tour. It was well paced with lots of stops mixed in with some informative bits. The animals at the nature reserve were great. Everyone seemed to especially enjoy the waterfalls. The tour guide did a great job of addressing our needs in English and Spanish.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We are very happy to read your review and to know that you were able to enjoy the excursion and that the guide provided an excellent service. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.
Amazing place to visit....
Elsa_B, Nov 2022
Amazing place to visit. Saw lots of interesting animals and plants. Tour guide was knowledgeable, the group wasn't too big and we were picked up on time.
Best choice
Bianca_T, Oct 2022
Amazing Tour, best guides ever- Ronny and Frank, super Van to drive to la Paz, I absolutly recommend this Tour. Online Booking easy, I travelled alone, Bianca
Animals, Waterfalls, Pure Costa Rica beauty
Amanda_B, Sep 2022
Roger was a great guide ! Very knowledgeable and personable was clear on the itinerary for the day and ensured our group was comfortable and okay the entire time. The animals were very interesting, butterfly’s were so beautiful and the water falls were simply stunning! Highly recommend this tour !?
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for your comments about the tour. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour to the fullest and that the guide Roger did a good job. Pura vida
Worth it
Juan_S, Aug 2022
Great time and learning experience. The tour guide was funny but also informative when it comes to the history and nature of Costa Rica
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Juan, we are happy to know you enjoyed the excursion and the information provided by the tour guide as well . Thank you for sharing your experience. !! PUra vida
A beautiful day trip
James_W, Jun 2022
The beauty of the waterfalls made it for me. It was a very nice trail, and a bit of exercise as well.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi James, we are glad to know you had a great day during the tour to La paz waterfall gardens. Thank you for sharing your comments. PUra vida

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