If you’re looking for a fun day trip from San Jose, head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park in Vara Blanca. This beautiful park has 5 waterfalls and an animal sanctuary on the property, allowing visitors to revel in the beauty of the cloud forest.
This is an excellent place for families and for those looking for an easy and accessible day trip to enjoy nature. And now you can save on the entrance fee with our La Paz Waterfall Gardens discount!
La Paz Waterfall Garden Nature Park
La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is only a one hour drive from San Jose but feels a world away. It sits high in elevation in the small town of Vara Blanca and is also part of the Peace Lodge property (a gorgeous luxury boutique hotel). You can read our review of the Peace Lodge and La Paz Waterfall Gardens for more information.
Our partnership with La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park gives our readers 7% for adults off the entrance fee. Original prices are as follows. Prices valid until June 30, 2022, per person, quoted in USD and includes taxes.
1. Adult entrance: $50.96
2. Adult entrance + buffet lunch: $66.78
3. Child entrance ages 3-12: $34.32
4. Child Entrance + buffet lunch ages 3-12: $43.36
This is for the entrance fee to the park only. It does not include transportation so if you are booking a tour, you can’t combine it with this discount. Please book through our site to get the park entrance discount. Additionally, if you take a taxi or shuttle to the park, make sure you only book transportation and make reservations beforehand with us. You can also only use one discount code per reservation.
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Discount FAQ
Where is the park located?
Click here to go to the park on Google Maps.
What if I don’t have my own transportation?
If you need transportation, you will need to arrange a private driver or a taxi. There is no public transportation directly to the park. Another option is to book a day tour that includes roundtrip transportation (click here to read more about San Jose day tours and get our discount).
Do I need a 4×4 to drive there?
The road to La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose is all on well paved roads. However, it gets very curvy, windy and narrow once you get out of the city so please drive slow.
When is the park open?
La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is open everyday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
How much time do people normally spend at the park?
On average, people spend around 3-4 hours at the park but it all depends on how long it takes for you to walk the trails and see the animals.
Can I stop by the park on my way from San Jose to La Fortuna?
Yes and I highly recommend it! It’s a great stop in between. We do recommend going early in the morning so you can take advantage of the whole day and not be driving to La Fortuna in the dark. But you can definitely stop by and use our discount!
What is the lunch like?
Lunch is buffet style and they have a good mix of international and Costa Rican food. They have vegetarian options like salad, veggie stir fry, bread, cheese pizza and fries.
What’s the weather like?
Vara Blanca is high in elevation so that area is generally cooler, cloudier and rainier. It experiences typical tropical seasons with a dry and rainy but note that it can rain at night or afternoon even dry season. We recommend to bring a rain jacket and wear long pants and closed toed shoes.
During rainy season, we highly recommend a waterproof backpack. They have ponchos and umbrellas for sale at the gift shop.
If you can, go as early as it opens. Tour groups start arriving around 10 AM so it is a lot less crowded in the morning.