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Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

5 (9)
Vara Blanca, CR

Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

5 (9)
Vara Blanca, CR
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Embark on an adventure through the vibrant landscapes of Costa Rica with the Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose tour. Step into the enchanting La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private nature reserve teeming with rescued jaguars, colorful birds, and cascading waterfalls. Explore the lush trails, encounter exotic animals, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the cloud and rainforests. Then, head to the renowned Sarapiqui River, a haven for wildlife nestled amidst tropical forests and mountains. Cruise down the river on a comfortable boat, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and a multitude of bird species. Your knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the region's ecology and help you spot the hidden treasures of this incredible ecosystem. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the wonders of both the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and the Sarapiqui River on this unforgettable journey.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the famous Sarapiqui River
  • Get up close with rescued wildlife at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Witness the beauty of tropical cascades
  • Experience a safari-style float on the river
  • Learn about Costa Rica's rich biodiversity
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • National Park fees
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities

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Experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica with a captivating tour to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and the Sarapiqui River. This tour takes you on a journey through a breathtaking Costa Rican landscape filled with rescued jaguars, vibrant butterflies, exotic birds, and enchanting waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of this private nature reserve, designed to educate visitors and provide a sanctuary for wildlife.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect a total duration of 540 minutes filled with awe-inspiring sights and immersive experiences. Your first stop is the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where you will explore trails that lead you to five magnificent waterfalls. Encounter over 100 species of animals in the animal sanctuary and wildlife reserve, including toucans, monkeys, sloths, and exotic big cats like jaguars and ocelots. Get up close and personal with hummingbirds as you feed them from the palm of your hand. Discover the wonders of the serpentarium, frog and butterfly farms, and admire the vibrant displays of orchids and heliconias. Next, embark on a relaxed boat trip along the Sarapiqui River, famous for its diverse ecosystems and thrilling rapids. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. Your knowledgeable guides will help you spot these fascinating creatures and provide insights into the surrounding area's ecological importance. This two-hour boat tour offers a peaceful and environmentally-friendly experience with its specially designed engine.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, a photographer looking to capture the beauty of Costa Rica, or simply someone who appreciates the wonders of nature, this tour offers something for everyone. Families, couples, and solo travelers will all find delight in the diverse range of experiences provided by the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and the Sarapiqui River.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Costa Rica's natural beauty through this extraordinary tour. By booking this tour, you gain access to one of the most visited private ecological attractions in the country. Explore lush trails near San Jose and witness the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, including the majestic La Paz Waterfall. Interact with a wide variety of wildlife species in the animal sanctuary, from playful monkeys to elusive big cats. Feed toucans and hummingbirds straight from your hand, creating unforgettable memories. The relaxing boat trip along the Sarapiqui River offers an opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat while enjoying the scenic views. This tour allows you to experience the best of Costa Rica's nature and wildlife in one remarkable day.

Good to know

It is important to note that the tour has a total duration of 540 minutes. This includes a 240-minute visit to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where you can explore the extensive gardens and exhibits. The tour also includes a 120-minute boat trip along the Sarapiqui River, providing ample time to observe wildlife and soak in the serene surroundings. The tour provides inclusions and excludes certain items, which can be further clarified upon booking.


Customers who have experienced this tour have raved about the remarkable beauty of the waterfalls, the diverse range of animal encounters, and the knowledgeable guides who provide valuable insights about the wildlife and their habitat. Reviewers have expressed their satisfaction with the immersive experiences and the opportunity to interact closely with birds such as toucans and hummingbirds. The peaceful and eco-friendly boat trip along the Sarapiqui River has also been praised for its abundance of wildlife sightings and the expertise of the guides in spotting and explaining the importance of the surrounding ecosystem. Overall, visitors have left the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Sarapiqui River tour with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Costa Rica's natural wonders.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the # 1 most visited private ecological attraction in Costa Rica that offers you the best trails near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, including the famous La Paz Waterfall, an animal sanctuary and private reserve of wildlife with more than 100 species of animals and environmental education programs. Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, trails, aviary with 40 species of birds, feeding toucans in the palm of the hand, titi monkeys, display of insects, butterfly farm with their laboratory, 2-toed sloths, capuchin monkeys or capuchins, spider monkeys, garden of hummingbirds with more than 26 documented species, feeding hummingbirds in the palm of the hand in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium, jaguar, pumas, ocelots, tigrillos, cauceles, house of peace with area of domestic animals and cart with oxen. Frog, display of orchids, display of heliconias, bromeliads. All in once place

Admission Included

Sarapiqui River

You will go to the Caribbean area to visit the famous Sarapiqui River that crosses a variety of environments: humid tropical forests, mountains, pastures and more. The river is popular with rafters, who come to ride their rapids, but it also has quieter sections that are perfect for safari-style floats. This tour is a relaxed boat trip to explore the vibrant river ecosystem. As your boat sails downstream, be attentive to wildlife in the water and on land. You may be able to see monkeys, iguanas, sloths, crocodiles, lizards, otters and a wide variety of bird species. Your guides will help you detect animals and explain the ecological importance of the surrounding area. This tour lasts two hours and takes place in a comfortable and modern boat. The boat has a special engine designed to minimize the impact on the environment.

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5 (9)


Loved the trip. The scenery was amazing and the 7 waterfall were stunningly beautiful. The la paz waterfall park has unique displays of animals and a very nice eating pavilion. The trails are easy to follow through everchanging gardens but beware there are hundreds of steps up n down to navigate . Ricardo our driver and guide was the best guide for this adventure


We loved the Destiny Tours La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Sarapiqui River tour! La Paz is beyond beautiful with orchids, hummingbirds, frogs, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, coatis, sloths, ocelots, margays, and a jaguar. The gardens and waterfalls are exquisite. A wonderful buffet lunch was included. Our trip down the Sarapiqui River in a covered boat was so much fun! We saw two caimans, iguanas, Anhingas, swallows, butterflies, and five troops of Mantled Howler monkeys. Oscar and Armando, our Destiny guide and driver were so kind and taught us so much. We stopped at a lovely coffee finca to see the beans ripening, a sopa (local restaurant) in the mountains to take in spectacular waterfall and hummingbird views, we watched whitewater rafters, and sampled fresh pineapple at a farmstand. Oscar and Armando treated us like family and made our first day in Costa Rica amazing!

Lucy B R

It is very hard to .pick a favorite part of this excursion. We were picked up on time, offered a water bottle in the comfortable van, and set off with Christian driving and Ron guiding. We had a lovely boat ride and saw many howler monkeys and several sloths, including one with a baby. We also saw a baby porcupine sleeping in a tree! There were birds all around, and Ron was able to identify many of them. Afterwards we went to the falls and the nature preserve. Both were beautiful and the preserve is very well done. We had the buffet lunch there and it was varied and delicious. We walked down to each of the falls and then set off for home. At one point we pulled over to see some toucans in a tree. Much appreciated.


We had the best time on this trip with Oscar! My sister and I are first time traveler's and he made the entire experience so comfortable, educational and fun. The views were spectacular and the combination of the river boat tour where we saw many monkeys and birds, the gorgeous waterfalls, and the grounds and exhibits at La Paz was just right. But the best part may have been the scenery on the way - he drives a circular route between the river and La Paz, so you can experience huge variations between the high mountain rainforest and lower Caribbean side farms and everything in between. Just beautiful. Even if you had only one day to spend in Costa Rica this would be a great way to see it.


Philander, our guide for the day, was the absolute best. We were with him for a long day, and he made everything interesting and fun. He is informative, loves his country and it’s beauty, patient, and always pleasant. This ended up being a private tour for the two of us. The long drive back was slow because of rain and traffic, but Philander stayed upbeat and patient even through that.


I highly recommend this tour.We were lucky enough to be alone on that day so it was only us and the tour guide Mauricio who was excellent, very knowledgeable and kind.The river safari is nice and pleasant and we did spot a lot of animals in their habitat.During the afternoon the La Paz Waterfall gardens is absolutely gorgeous and a must when in Costa Rica to discover it’s beautiful nature and wildlife.

Lindsay J

This is a must do in Costa Rica! Our day started on a river cruise in which we saw: sloths, monkeys, birds, crocodiles and otters. Then we went to La Paz Waterfall and Gardens, in which our tour guide, Orturo, lead us through a different way to beat the crowds. Lunch was amazing and the animals at the sanctuary were cool! Our driver and tour guide were amazing and extremely informative! They truly made us feel like family! Pura Vida!


If you don't have a rent-a-car, this tour is the best option. And the guide Oscar Sandoval was the best too.


My granddaughter and I took this tour to the La Paz waterfall and gardens, we saw unusual Orchids, and an area were all kinds of butterflies live, my favorite animal the sloth was hanging upside down looking at the people. There are toucans, frogs and many kinds of snakes. Gorgeous jungle cats and Hummingbirds. This is a sanctuary for animals that have been taken illegally and confiscated by the government or surrendered by owners. When in Costa Rica don’t miss this experience. They also have a Hotel in the park.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 06:03