San Jose

Skip the Line:Day Ticket-La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge

San Jose, Costa Rica
One Day Pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a taste of Costa Rica’s famed biodiversity without straying too far from the city with this all-access day pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. Featuring hiking trails through the cloud forest, cascading waterfalls, a rescued jungle cats educational program, and numerous specialty wildlife exhibits, La Paz Waterfall Gardens guarantees good fun for the whole family. This pass can be redeemed anytime during the park’s normal operating hours and is good for accessing all of the exhibits.
  • All-day access to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park
  • See wild animals like spider monkeys in their natural habitat
  • Learn about rescued jungle cats like jaguars, pumas, and ocelots in an educational setting
  • Visit the park on your own schedule and stay for as long as you’d like within the park’s normal operating hours
  • Safe hiking trails through the rain forest and cloud forest
  • Numerous educational exhibits about local plants and animals
  • Kid-friendly tour ideal for adventurous families

What's Included

  • Free Parking Available
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 7/1/2023 - 12/16/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM

What To Expect

Make your way to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park anytime during their operating hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This voucher is good for visiting the park at whatever time best suits your schedule and allows for all-day access to the exhibits; it is recommended that you plan a minimum of two hours for your visit.

Inside the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, explore the features that best suit your interest on your own schedule. The park features five waterfalls, hiking trails through a cloud forest and rain forest, and an orchid exhibit. In addition, numerous educational animal exhibits including an aviary, butterfly observatory, insect exhibit, hummingbird garden, and snake exhibit are accessible with this day pass.

Meals are not included with this voucher, but food is available at the restaurant on site.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Operated by La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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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170 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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La Paz Adventure
Wilton_H, Apr 2024
Love the preserve, waterfalls and hike! You can see so much in such a small amount of time and the waterfalls are really majestic!
Do not miss this experience in Costa Rica!
Andrew_T, Mar 2024
Do not miss this, if you come to Costa Rica. The most amazing waterfalls, beautiful but lots of steps down and up.
An unforgettable experience
Van_H, Mar 2024
This was honestly one of my best experience in Costa Rica! The park is absolutely beautiful with the different animals and waterfalls. The park is extremely well maintained and there are signs for everything. The only thing is that there lots of stairs involved, so prepare to put in a little work! We were only given 2 hours to explore the park (due to the driving service we booked separately) but 2-3 hours is definitely a decent amount of time to explore the entire park.
A Great Overview of Costa Rica
krista_R, Feb 2024
A good overview of Costa Rica floral, fauna and natural beauty. Yes, amimals are in cages, and that's not my favorite, but their enclosures aren't too small. The monkeys were having great fun. Only a jaguar was doing the boredom pace. If there is any chance of rain I would suggest to do the waterfalls first while it's not raining and save the exhibits for when it is raining. Be sure to go inside the Tico exhibit and talk to the docent and take in what a typical 1850 Costa Rican house was like. Their food and coffee samples were delicious.
This experience was a 10!
Cathy_Y, Jan 2024
This has been a highlight for us—the waterfalls and very active animal encounters will not disappoint!
Great for kids, beautiful and clean.
Lindsay_D, Jan 2024
A lovely day trip with lots to see and do. Very friendly for kids to walk, not difficult and there are many stops along the way as you visit the refuge. Lots to learn about the various animals. All the installations were very clean and well maintained. I can’t say that I agree with the cage sizes but in the end it was nice to be able to see the animals up close. The animals seem to be well cared for and well fed. The price of the buffet is quite high so we opted to picnic prior to entering. The signage to the waterfall is excellent and accurate. Many view points as you make your way back to the shuttle to return to the main entrance. This is a plus with kids. The gift shop prices are insane, over 4X the price of other souvenir shops, so buyer beware.
Average Excursion
Matt_N, Jul 2023
My wide and I decided to go on this tour to see the wildlife and La Paz waterfall. The grounds were beautiful in the gardens and wildlife area. However, I do not agree with the limited space the animals have in their enclosures. Finally, the stairs down to the waterfall were considerably more than what the host told us.
Absolutely lovely experience!
Shavon_E, Jul 2023
Unique & beautiful experience. The combination of rare animals in their natural habitats & the majestic waterfalls is an all around amazing experience.
Beautiful place but hard to find transportation
Kristy_M, Jun 2023
This is a very beautiful and unique location. We had a great day and really enjoyed being able to see the animals up close. We rented a car to get there from San Jose as transportation is not included in this excursion. It is only 23 miles from my hotel, but took more than 90 minutes there and two hours back.
I asked about logistics...
Sharon_O, Jun 2023
I asked about logistics in how to get there nobody responded. how do you expect tourists or foreigners to have memorable experiences when nobody can respond? it was rainy day and i didnt know how to get there from downtown San Jose, nobody would respond, so there goes a wasted ticket.
Best Value, Best Experience, Great People
James_S, Jun 2023
After walking all of the trails and seeing all of the sights, we headed for the fish pond to catch an early dinner of Rainbow Trout. What a great experience. An absolutely wonderful day.
They won’t honor their 24 hr cancellation policy
Sara_M, May 2023
Do not book with Viator. They don’t honor their 24 hr cancellation policy. Book direct with La Paz and support the local economy.
Nice park, many animals....
Sebastian_N, Apr 2023
Nice park, many animals. Better price on Viator than other options. A good ending to our Costa Rica vacation
9k46jytzmw, Feb 2023
Omg, amazing. We booked on Viator and hitch was less than half of the price our hotel quoted us. Looking up reviews we were a little concerned about transportation, but we Ubered there and back with no issues on a Wednesday(approximately 10am to 4pm from/to San Jose) The place is just amazing! The animals are in appropriate environments, so you don’t feel bad for how they are maintained.
Very beautiful park
soline_m, Jul 2022
We saw a lot of animals that you don’t see a lot and they were beautiful ! We can hold butterflies and the waterfall were beautiful !
La Paz Experience
Lynne_C, May 2022
While we purchased tickets ahead to avoid the line, there was no line when we arrived. The butterflies were delightful. While it is sad to see animals in cages, it did allow us to view up close animals we later saw in the wild. The highlight were the waterfalls. They were magnificent and so full of power this time of year. The property was neat and clean, and our whole group agreed that it was well worth the time and money.
Heaven on Earth!
LORETTA_R, Mar 2022
This was I had always imagined Costa Rica to be. Every aspect of this place is heaven on earth. A MUST place to visit when you come!
A 5 star Park close to San Jose !
joao_j, Dec 2021
Outstanding park ! We do recomend !! Fantástic waterfalls ! Great restaurant! We could ser some felines !
Angelu_P, Mar 2024
Los tucanes son lindos y divertidos!!! Al igual q los monos. Pero el trail para ver las cataratas es precioso!!
Cadre sublime
Blandine_C, Feb 2023
Nous recommandons cette activité : cadre magnifique, 3 cascades sublimes et de nombreux animaux. Il y a beaucoup de marches à descendre pour aller voir les cascades mais un bus vous attend à la fin du parcours pour vous remonter à la réception. Arrêt obligatoire si vous passez par là. Nous étions au Volcan Poas et nous nous dirigions vers la Fortuna.

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