La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the absolute number one most visited privately owned eco-attraction in Costa Rica, a 70-acre true tropical wonderland. At La Paz Gardens you will find the best hiking near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, and a celebrated rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals. There are also many environmental educational programs and several separate wildlife exhibits, so it is wisely suggested that a minimum of two hours be spent here to enjoy all that is offered throughout. What you will find within the boundaries here include lush rainforest, white flowing rivers, waterfalls, abundant flora and fauna, over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails, cloud forest and specialty animal exhibits.
Once here spend some dedicated time within the aviary, with over 40 species of local bird inside, the insect or butterfly observatory, the serpentarium, jungle cat hangout, monkey hangout, various petting zoos, and orchid and other flower gardens. While here opt in to take the mid-morning gardens tour, a bilingual and relaxing tour option that takes you through the aforementioned jungle cat area, aviary, monkey hangout, and to Casita de la Paz. It will be quite easy to see why this is considered to be the best eco-park in the country! There are available group discounts if you contact ahead of time, as well as excellent lunch buffet options from Calibries. Here you will find a great balance of traditional Costa Rican dishes, fresh salad and fruit bars, and such things as pasta, pizza, and breadsticks.