La Paz Waterfall Garden, a real Jewel.

( by Hector )

La Paz Waterfall Garden in Alajuela, Costa Rica is one of those places that really connect you with the Nature. I visited the Nature Park and its Wild Refuge and after a nice walking tour I arrived to the Waterfalls, all in one place in just a couple of hours.

I live in the province where La Paz Waterfall Garden is located and had an idea about how to get there, however if you don’t live in Costa Rica its not a big issue to get to their place, it will just take you around one hour of driving time from Juan Santamaria International Airport or any hotel in Alajuela.  

Quick tip”, if you plan to rent a car, just make sure to ask costaricans on the road if you are going on the way to Vara Blanca or Cinchona, otherwise you might be driving to the Poas Volcano; practice your Spanish, we always cooperate with visitors. 

Use one of the next questions in Spanish: 1-Disculpe, una preguntita. Por aqui voy bien hacia la Catarata de la Paz”? ( Excuse me, a small question. Am I on the correct way to “La Paz” Waterfall ? 2-Disculpe, ya pase Vara Blanca”? ( Excuse me, Did I already pass Vara Blanca”. If the answer is Yes, you are safe. If the answer is No, and you see a nice scenic driving up the hills, my friend you are about to see the glorious Poas Volcano, and Yes, ‘you are lost’.

Imagen Central Magia Blanca is just one of the five Waterfalls

Once there you will receive 2 things: a nice map and a colorful bracelet.

The map is a great resource that will guide you easily around the property and depending on what you like the most you can start by the aviary, the monkey place, the butterflies section or the Big Trout bar; but don't be lazy, leave the bar for the afternoon.

I started with the Monkeys Pass, don’t ask me why; then I visited the Butterfly Observatory where I saw a lot of Morph’s, also watched a nice 5m but interesting video about the cycle of a Butterfly. Continuing with the walking tour I arrived to the aviary, here you can see species like Toucans, Macaws and a special spot for Hummingbirds.

If you feel brave turn right and go to the wild side: snakes, jungle cats and frogs will be awaiting you after having lunch at the Colibries Restaurant which is located in the middle. If the ‘Wild’ mood is not your thing then take it easy and stop to take pictures of the diversity of Flowers and Orchids in La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

And finally take a breath, close your eyes and immerse in the Forest where you will discover what Costa Rica is all about…Nature and Magical Spots that can not be recorder in other place better that in your mind; cross a bridge and you will be in front of Templo Waterfall, take a picture right behind Magia Blanca or move forward too see the other Three Waterfalls at the end of the Trail; and if you liked the tour, do it twice as I did.

I created a video of the Waterfall Garden, look !

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