La Paz Waterfall Gardens are located in Alajuela, about an hour north of San Jose, Costa Rica.

I’m not sure it can get any better than this!! What an amazing start to our exploration of this wonderful country!

We are both nature lovers and no matter where we are we always manage to find a zoo or eco park of some kind because of our love for wildlife and all things nature.

So when we heard about La Pez we knew we would have to go. It didn’t disappoint! And from someone who visits eco parks often I have to say I was very impressed!

The first thing that I noticed when we arrived was the flora. There were so many species and colors, it really was a treat for the eyes. I love color so seeing the many flowers all in bloom with vibrant hues of reds, yellows, purples and everything in between was stunning.


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The colors in the gardens are truly stunning – This is one small example


As much as Michael can, and does, appreciate flowers, he was more eager to see the monkeys! We didn’t do a lot of research before we went, so we were unsure how many or what kinds of wildlife we were going to find here.

However, we discovered not only would we see monkeys and birds, as expected, but we would also see jaguars, butterflies, frogs, snakes and SLOTHS!! (In case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with sloths). In fact there are over 100 different species here.

Now, usually Michael is the one who acts like a kid in a candy store when we see so many animals but today I got over excited too! I think it was because of how it was all set up and how obvious it was that these animals were very well cared for. Or maybe it was all about the sloths!

To top it all off, after walking around for a couple of hours admiring these beautiful creatures, there are 5 waterfalls to see as well.

We spent about half a day here which could have easily turned into a full day had we not needed to be elsewhere. It will cost you about $50 USD per person which includes a very yummy buffet lunch! It was worth every penny! To show you what this amazing eco park has to offer, here is a little of what we saw…


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A Blue Gray Tanager


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A Red-Legged Honey Creeper


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A Siproeta Stelenes Biplagiata.


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A Heliconius Erato


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A sloth! Looks at this cute face!!


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

He must have had a hard day – All that sleeping is making him yawn!


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Big cats are my all time favorite wildlife! This is a jaguar.


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

They have an orchid house here too. Just another example of the beautiful flowers that can be found here


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Not a great shot but I had to include this cutie. He is the size of my thumb nail! A blue jeans poison dart frog


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This guys was a little bigger about the length of my pinkie. A Caribbean striped poison dart frog


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

One of the five waterfalls you will see here


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

And another… Just beautiful!



The markings on this guys are gorgeous but he looked even more beautiful when he opened his brilliant blue wings. A Morpho Peleides



The is something so majestic about waterfalls!


A beautiful white calla lily



A Green honey creeper


Have you been here? If not, what is your favorite eco park in the world?


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