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La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose

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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience Costa Rica’s famed natural beauty and biodiversity in an eco-friendly way with a day trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose. Observe rescued rain forest creatures like spider monkeys, toucans, tree frogs and even jaguars while learning about the nature reserve’s conservation efforts. Lunch among the serene jungle setting and transport from San Jose are included.
  • Visit a popular nature reserve and learn about ongoing conservation efforts
  • See rescued pumas, jaguars, monkeys, amphibians, birds, and more
  • Eco-friendly and responsible way to learn about Costa Rican wildlife
  • Lunch and transport from San Jose hotels included
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Departure Point

San Jose Metro, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up in San Jose hotels.

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup at Your San Jose hotel, leave the city behind and watch the landscape change as you drive past coffee plantations and fields rich with ferns, flowers, and strawberries. When you arrive at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, get an orientation to all that this popular nature reserve has to offer. Designed with eco-friendly principles in mind, La Paz aims to protect Costa Rica’s natural treasures will educating visitors about its extraordinary biodiversity and need for careful conservation.

Stroll along more than 2 miles (3.5 km) of walking trails that run through 10 different exhibits showcasing native Costa Rican species. Admire winged wonders at the Aviary, Hummingbird Garden, and Butterfly Observatory, and view the rain forest’s cold-blooded critters at the Serpentarium and Frog Exhibit. Monkey around with rehabilitated spider and white-faced monkeys, and watch rescued jaguars, pumas and other endangered Central American felines prowl (on the other side of safety glass) at the Jungle Cats exhibit.

Your can also get a taste of traditional Costa Rican country life at the Casita de la Paz reproduced historical farmhouse and soak up the serene beauty of Trout Lake and natural waterfalls. Midday, take a break for an included lunch surrounded by the lush tropical scenery. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your San Jose hotel in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
When you think about Costa Rica, you probably imagine lush tropical rain forest, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you are guaranteed to see all that and more. With over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails and 10 animal exhibits to enjoy, we recommend a minimum of 2 hours for your visit. However, if you would like to see every trail and thoroughly enjoy the time spent in the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, Tica House, Trout Lake and our bird watching areas, you will probably want to stay the whole day.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is highly recommended that you bring long pants, a light jacket, comfortable shoes and a camera
  • Minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to run; if the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by La Paz Waterfall Garden Tour from San Jose.

Traveler Tips


  • "Getting down to the waterfall is not as easy but is doable if you are a moderate walker and take it slowly." See review
  • "Don't leave San Jose without taking a tour to La Paz waterfalls and animal sanctuary." See review

Reviews

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Great day out if you love animals and nature
Quest547063
, Aug 2019
It is very easy to visit all the animals and take pictures. Walking is not complicated. The buffet lunch suits every taste. Everything is fresh and there is lots of choice. Experts stand around if you have questions. Getting down to the waterfall is not as easy but is doable if you are a moderate walker and take it slowly. The views are wonderful. A thoroughly enjoyable excursion.
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Beautiful Waterfall and Gardens
Trip61664382267
, Apr 2019
The gardens and waterfalls were beautiful; however, not suited for anyone who is unfit or have special needs due to the many steps to get to the bottom of the hill to see the waterfalls. Though the tour was for 7 hours, it took 1 to 1 1/2 hours to get there and same to get back. We felt rushed and could have used some more time to enjoy the waterfalls. Eight hours for this tour would have been perfect with an earlier pick up time of 9:30 am instead of 10:30 am. Our guide, Gary, was friendly, enthusiastic and easy to understand. We were told that it was safe to leave our belongings in the bus if not needed on the tour. I left my small shoulder bag that held my phone on the bus and upon return it was missing. Luckily there was not anything in it as I took my phone with me in my camera bag. I did not miss it until I got back to my hotel and realized that it was not sitting on my seat when I returned to the bus. I would not recommend you leave anything of value in the bus as you tour the gardens but it's unfortunate that the driver could not be trusted.
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Animals kept in small enclosures
Companion05457729445
, Mar 2019
Firstly the tour itself was well run and the guides good, the bus was at my hotel 5 minutes before the agreed time so I didn’t have to wait. The gardens themselves were a big disappointment, the description states that these are rescue animals and I assumed therefore that this meant they would be in good enclosures which replicate their natural environment. This did not prove to be the case with jaguars and ocelots kept in enclosures about half the size of a tennis court and birds of prey and macaws in enclosures where they had no chance of flying. I regret taking this tour.
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A Must Stop!
Mary M
, Mar 2019
Don't leave San Jose without taking a tour to La Paz waterfalls and animal sanctuary. It's a day of wonder and awe.......hummingbirds whiz by your face with butterflies landing on your shoulder. It doesn't get any better. The tour guide and driver kept us safe and provided a wonderful and entertaining day!
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La Paz Waterfall Tour
Karen S
, Mar 2019
This tour was fabulous! The bus was there early to pick us up at our hotel. Hugo our tour guide was fantastic. He provided information on the way there and back as very as being very informative about the animals, birds and plant life at La Paz. The lunch that was included was very good. We also got to stop for strawberries on the way back to San Jose. Wonderful Tour!
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It was a great experience, we had...
htmartinez
, Dec 2017
It was a great experience, we had lots of fun, we got to see animals up close and the waterfall was amazing. even though it was raining it was lots of fun. being able to see the hummingbirds up close was amazing,
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The guide was very informative and I...
Natshalee N
, Oct 2017
The guide was very informative and I learned a lot about volcanos. I couldn't see anything due to the fog! Mother nature at its best! But I enjoy the scenic drive to and from the volcano. The church in Cartago is beautiful! This tour does not include lunch so have some snacks in your bag.
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Eugenio and Enrique were very...
orlando77064
, Oct 2017
Eugenio and Enrique were very helpful,I got meet them close and share few jokes with them super nice guys,I highly recommed these guys!!!!! thanks so very much for making trip pleasent even thought we had a rainy day they made it right...
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I really enjoyed this eco-tour. The...
Jayanthi K
, Aug 2017
I really enjoyed this eco-tour. The guide was informative and knowledgeable. And the Driver made me feel Safe. La Paz Waterfall Garden is essentially private property. There are some interesting areas- the Serpentarium has over 30 exhibits of poisonous and venomous Snakes found in Costa Rica the Butterfly Garden was simply amazing. The frog exhibit, the humming birds, the Big Cats, the aviary, the monkeys.... There was simply a Lot to See. The Gardens are fantastic! The included Lunch at the Colibries Restaurant was pretty good with a wide variety of food and beverages served. The waterfalls themselves are awe inspiring. Be warned though- this is quite a hike. The steps can be slippery when wet and are steep. If you go down to see the waterfalls, you have to hike back up. I did them all and am glad that I did. The only issue- I did not See La Paz waterfall!!! I thought that was the whole Point of this tour. The viewpoint to La Paz waterfall was a 5-10 Minute drive from the exit! I saw the falls on a different tour.
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Tour was great my son loved it. Not...
kristin c
, Apr 2017
Tour was great my son loved it. Not enough time to explore the trout lake, which wasn't even part of the tour. But because I read and planned ahead, we managed to see it. Since it was a little cool fishing wasn't a option for me anyway. I think the tour should be optional not mandatory. overall A+
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