Searching for birds and big cats in the wild is all well and good, but at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens you’ll find them all conveniently in one place so you are guaranteed some spectacular close ups of many of the country’s most rare and endangered species.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Like Costa Rica in microcosm, La Paz Waterfall Gardens is set on the banks of the Rio La Paz and brimful with wildlife from ocelots and pumas to toucans and innumerable species of butterflies. The Gardens are understandably one of the country's most visited attractions, with some of the rarer birds and mammals on display.

A series of trails links the five waterfalls on the river, and from the viewpoints along the way you can see great views of the falls from above and underneath. Colourful gardens surround the paths and it is easy to spend a whole day wondering around this delightful attraction.

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Where to stay

 Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Winner of many Responsible Tourism awards and accolades, this is a working farm and coffee plantation with its roots firmly in sustainability.

 Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro

Located on a quiet street just off Paseo Colón, this is an oasis within the heart of a bustling city.

Xandari Resort & Spa

Xandari Resort & Spa

On a former coffee plantation just 20 minutes from San José's airport makes Xandari a great spot to relax and unwind after a long flight, before setting off to explore Costa Rica.

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge

Nestled within pristine rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River, Pacuare Lodge aims to withdraw its guests from the modern world, and all its technological trappings, and bring them back to nature, in an idyllic setting.

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