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.
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 and our discount is off the prices below for adults.
Rates from December 16, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Prices are quoted in USD and includes ALL taxes and fees. (If you check with the La Paz website directly, they do not add on taxes/fees until the very end).
Adult entrance: $54
Adult entrance + buffet lunch: $69.82
Child entrance: $36.72
Child entrance + Lunch: $45.76
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.
What is the drive like from La Paz to La Fortuna compared to San Jose to La Fortuna via San Ramon?
They are both normal routes, La paz is a bit more curvy and narrow through smaller towns.
Hi there, still offering the discount? Need to book for 5 adults (w/buffet). 1 of the adults is from Costa Rica.
Hello Tony, yes the discount is still valid, you can use the booking form. Please note we unfortunately don’t have discounts for Costa Rican nationals but we have it for tourists (Costa Rican citizens have a different price). Please write a note in the comment section that one adult is from CR so that we can give the accurate quote and that adult will need to present their cedula.
Russell Jones says
How can you find out if the tours pick up at your hotel?
We don’t provide transportation for La Paz Waterfall Gardens (The park doesn’t either), so you’ll have to find your own way to get there if you want to visit the nature park. You can drive or you can book a tour with another company (We have a partnership with a San Jose tour operator that does offer La Paz with transportation which you can get here: https://mytanfeet.com/special-deals/san-jose-day-tours-discount/)
will smith says
Can you swim and jump off the waterfalls?
Nope not allowed at La Paz
Hi, if we are driving from San Jose to La Fortuna and have all of our luggage with us, is the parking lot safe at La Paz to leave our luggage in the car? I see you recommended stopping at la Paz between those destinations so I’m sure it’s safe- but wanted to double check.
Hi Teresa, the La Paz has a large parking lot and before COVID, there were always tons of of cars there since lots of tourism vans go there. Therefore it wasn’t really much of a problem before because there was always a lot of traffic with tourists, guides and companies going in and out. Nowadays or whenever you go there may not be as much flow so if possible if you go, try to hide as much of your luggage so it’s not visible and don’t leave anything else visible in the car (no purses/backpackers/bags/shopping bags/etc.), roll up windows and lock your doors.
Where do you park if you are arriving with your own vehicle? Is there a fee for parking?
They have a large parking lot at La Paz, it is free.
Hi! Are refunds available if we need to cancel for any reason?
Hi Carla, the cancellation policy is if cancelled in less than 24 hours, there is a 100% penalty fee. No refunds for no shows.
Lucy C. says
I wanted to know if this discount still applies for 2020 planning to go in June and will like to purchases tickets to visit this location.
Hello Lucy! Yes the discount is still valid!
Hello, does this day pass to La Paz include access to swimming pools there? Thanks
Hi Kristen, La Paz waterfall gardens doesn’t have swimming pools. They have an animal sanctuary and waterfalls.
I just filled out the form but the page just looked like it reloaded and I did not receive an email. Maybe your form is still having issues. If that’s the case please e-mail me. Thank you!
Hi Michael, just sent you an email 🙂
Dan Roy says
I just sent my request for tickets. When will I hear from you?
Hi Dan, I just sent you an email!
Catherine Larochelle says
I have twice submitted requests for tickets for La Paz and have not received a reply. Is this offer still valid?
Hi Catherine, we just sent you an email!
Greg Burns says
I have twice submitted requests for tickets for La Paz and have not received a reply. Is this offer still valid? I would like to visit La Paz on Jan 31st.
Hi Greg, I just sent you an email. The offer is still valid, you have to fill out all the sections but the form is having issues with certain browsers. I sent you details in the email 🙂
Hi.. can I reach The waterfall gardens and but ticket there? Using your Mytanfeet discount? Or advance reservations are a must here at Lapaz.
Hi Sid, to get the discount our agreement with La Paz is to make reservations and payment beforehand using the form on this page.