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La Paz Waterfall Gardens


This splendid and popular nature and wildlife park at Montaña Azul, about 4 km. north of Vara Blanca, features the largest butterfly garden in the world, enclosed
in a soaring hangar-size cage within
which butterflies flutter freely.

There’s also a hummingbird garden, a rainforest wildlife exhibit, and orchid houses, all accessed by well-laid concrete trails that lead along the river to four waterfalls; educational posters line the trails.

Standing on the viewing platform at the Templo Fall, you’re pummeled by spray blasted from the base of the fall, a testament to its awesome hydraulic power.

  La Paz Waterfall
LaPaz waterfall

Continuing downriver, you get to a metal staircase that clings to the cliffside and takes you to the Magía Blanca (the largest cascade), Encantada, and La Paz falls.
It’s a daunting climb back.
A short distance further downhill, at a tight hairpin bend in the road, is La Catarata la Paz—the “Peace Waterfall”—
a pencil-thin fall that attracts Ticos en masse on weekends (watch for pedestrians in the road).

The restaurant here has a veranda with marvelous views over the valley and forest.

Birding tours are led by Dr. Aaron Sekerak, author of A Travel & Suite Guide to Birds of Costa Rica. Last admission is 4 p.m.

Tel. (506)2482-2720 --

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
$21 admission adults, $10 students and children

Villa Rita Country Cottages
La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica - Tel: (506) 2487-7566 -