San Jose

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

San Jose, Costa Rica

From USD 130.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • 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

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz

7 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

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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48 reviews
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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, Sept 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, Sept 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, June 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, June 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
A Wonderful Nature Experience
Karl_G, Apr 2022
Mr. Filander was an outstanding guide. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question I had. He was personable and helpful with a winning personality. The tour was everything that was described and more. I would highly recommend it. It was also a great value.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion about the tour and the guide Filander. We are glad to know that everything went smoothly and that your experience was the best... Pura vida
The organization of the...
Gunilla_W, Apr 2022
The organization of the trip was a bit hap hazard. The driver did not speak any English and we went all over San Jose from one end to another to pick up people. He also had to stop at a gas station to put more air in a tire. Halfway up the mountain we pulled into a parking lot in front of a store. He motioned for us to go to the store and look around. We didn’t know why but we’re finally able to figure out that we were to be transferred to another vehicle for the remainder of the trip. He could not say when that would happen. We waited over an hour before the second vehicle arrived. The rest of the trip went smoothly. The guide Donald was really good and full of information. Going back to San Jose took half the time it had taken to get up there. However, the water falls made up for the colossal waste of time and lack of communication. I still would recommend the tour.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Gunilla, thank you for sharing your comments which are very important for us to evaluate the services we provide every day. When there are many hotels to pick up for an excursion in the same day, a driver picks up at certain hotels and gathers the clients with the guide and the total group at a meeting point to start the tour, possibly this was the case you are telling us about and we regret any inconvenience or miscommunication that may have existed. However, we are glad to hear that Donald was an excellent guide for the tour and that you were able to enjoy the peaceful waterfall gardens to the fullest.... Pura vida
Delightful day
Leslie_B, Apr 2022
La Paz was a tropical plant feast for the eyes. Every turn on the path was another breathtaking view. Love the area.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Leslie, we are happy to know you have a great day on the tour.. Thank you for your feedback ..
The Tour guide was terrible the actual locations were great
Jazmin_P, Nov 2019
The tour was doomed from the beginning, our tour guide arrived 30 minutes late. When he finally showed up he spent 5 minutes explaining why he was late, and another 5 on the phone, instead of just getting a move on to get our tour started. We weren't angry at this point, in fact he was very chatty seemed pretty nice. However upon arrival to the wildlife refuge he spent an incredibly long time talking and talking and talking repeating the same things over and over again, when we just really wanted to get the tour started. He doesn't seem to know how to read people as we were clearly annoyed and our 4 year old was clearly impatient begging to get started. The tour guide is extremely repetitive and just likes to hear himself talk. We completed the tour on our own, and he was supposed to be waiting for us in the parking area to take us home once the activities were completed. However, we waited and waited and he was nowhere to be found. Finally we asked one of the parking lot attendants and found out he was "eating lunch at the buffet". So we waited for 30 minutes and nothing, and we decided to have the front desk staff page the restaurant staff to tell him we were waiting for him. So the front desk very kindly did that for us. Well, it appears he must've really taken his sweet time to finish lunch, we waited another 20 minutes and finally he turned up. We waited 50 minutes for him to eat lunch and finally decide to take PAYING customers back to their hotel. Furthermore, he kept pushing other activities for that day onto us the entire time we were in the car with him. This made me incredibly uncomfortable. On top of that he is so terrible at reading people my 4 year old was exhausted I was exhausted and we just wanted to sleep on the way back to the hotel, well every time I'd close my eyes he'd loudly tell me something that he had already mentioned on the way up. The actual wildlife refuge and waterfalls were spectacular and tons of fun!
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Dear Jazmin Thank you very much for your valuable comment, it will be highly analyzed to take corrective action immediately through a meeting with the guide who attended during the tour to the fabulous falls of La Paz. We appreciate your good comment regarding the destination. For all of us it is very important to achieve full satisfaction in the development and operation of the tours we offer, for this reason we regret that the guide did not meet your expectations even though we operate a private tour for the comfort of all of you. We thank your brother Paulo Villalobos for the good comment he wrote when filling out the customer satisfaction sheet mentioning the information from Costa Rica received during the excursion to the La Paz Wildlife Refuge Waterfall Gardens on Wednesday, November 13. Thank you very much, Best Regards.
Lovely place but awkward group
Michaela B, June 2019
I really like the place but would not recommend to use this tour at all. First we were just killing the time driving around as we were waiting to join another group and then they too k us to the local shop.left hotel 9.20 but did not arrive to la paz before 12.then we were Super rushing to manage all,and since the group we joined started at 7a.m they were complaining when we wanted to take extra pictures.i would recommend to organize your own transport and do it at your own pace!
Response from Host, June 2019
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Normally if the tour starts at 7am, they should arrive at the place at approximately 9:30 am to 10:00 am. We will investigate the causes why the tour arrived at the place at 12pm as mentioned. Clearly our interest is that all our passengers enjoy the place without any hurry and have the freedom to see and explore the place at your best convenience. Again, we appreciate your comments as we take the opinions of our clients very seriously.

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


7 hours
Free Cancellation
USD 130.00