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The Nature and Beauty of La Paz


A visit to the Rich Coast, *without* seeing the La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica - just wouldn't be complete.

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In Front of "Templo" - First of 5 Cataratas at La Paz

An impressive array, all that's natural and beautiful - birds, butterflies, wildcats and more...

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This is Poas Volcano

Easily - it's one of the best attractions in the country.

Not only this...

La Paz is also very close to Poas Volcano - the largest active crater lake in the world.

And Poas as well...

Is definitely something not to be missed.

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Here on this page of the site, please come along for another adventure - this time, a firsthand experience at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica.

Please click on the following links - you'll be taken further on down the page, to learn more...








La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica

And so it began...

After taking in the sights at Poas Volcano *we got up bright and early for this* - just a short drive down the mountain, and very soon enough...

It was off to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens...

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From Afar - the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica

...70 acres of forest and wildlife (5 raging waterfalls included) - a place that truly captures the very essence of Costa Rica.

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Birds at La Paz

Tickets in hand - we made our way down a papyrus-flanked path...

...right up until we reached the very first part of the Gardens...

The Aviary.

Birds housed in large, beautifully-kept enclosures...

...it's a great opportunity to see scarlet macaws, tanagers and others.

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Best part by far, was a walk-in enclosure, one home to a group of toucans.

Only inches away from the birds, with no wall to separate you - made for some excellent photo opportunities!

Something to note...

Birds at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica - are not wild. They've either been donated by owners - or in some cases... by the government, after being confiscated from hunters who captured them illegally.

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A Blue Morpho Landed on My Mom...

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Onward now - next it was over to the Butterfly Observatory...

...a place where some 20 different species (Blue Morphos included)...

Were fluttering about.

In the photo to the left - you can see a Morpho, perched on my Mom's shoulder.

Wings up, its trademark blue color is well hidden...

Making for some excellent camouflage.

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Especially interesting in the Observatory - was an area at one end, where from egg to caterpillar to butterfly...

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At the Butterfly Observatory - La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica

...you can see the entire lifecycle and metamorphosis of these creatures - right in front of your eyes.

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Hummingbird Close-Up

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Next up...

Just beyond the Monkey Pass (capuchins, spider-monkeys and marmosets can be seen here)...

...it was back outdoors, and into a garden...

...where hummingbirds could be seen - zipping about, from flower to feeder.

And this is something especially unique - here at La Paz.

It's the only place in Costa Rica, and in the entire world!...

Where you can witness 26 different species of these birds, all in one place.

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Well, after all this exploring - working up quite the appetite...

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Colibries Restaurant, at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica. Yum!

Lunch at Colibries Restaurant ("colibri" is Spanish for hummingbird) awaited - a place rated 'Four Forks' by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute.

Was easy to see and taste! why... yum.

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OK, next up... to the falls!




Journey to the Falls

After an incredible buffet-style lunch at Colibries - we were all set to continue exploring the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica.

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A Margay Cat

But not of course - before paying a visit to two more attractions along the way...

...each one - a *must see* during your stay.

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First up then - just after the restaurant...

Is the Jungle Cat Exhibit.

Actually - we were pretty lucky to catch a glimpse of the various cats here - ocelots, margays, pumas, jaguarundis, and yes - jaguars too!...

...as it's open to the public on only a limited basis.

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One last stop, before the trail leading to Templo - first of the 5 waterfalls at La Paz...

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Frogs at the Ranarium - La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica

Is the Ranarium - easily a favorite.

A number of these tiny colorful amphibians throughout the enclosure - usually hidden (takes a bit of effort to find them)...

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The Glass Frog

Here you can observe those like strawberry poison dart frogs, and even the species, a symbol to Costa Rica in itself...

The red-eyed tree frog.

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One frog in particular - the endangered Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum or 'glass frog'...

Is especially interesting.

Explaining its name - it has translucent skin allowing you to see right inside it, heart beating away right there - in plain sight.

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Walking along the trail, part of the 3.5 kilometers of paths in total - winding throughout the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica...

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Mom and Dad, at the Waterfalls

...next, it was off to see the waterfalls...

Templo.

Magia Blanca.

Encantada.

Escondida...

And La Paz.

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Breathtaking sights and sounds all around - it was hard to believe, even after all of the amazing things we'd experienced so far...

It gets better!

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A little bit of magic, here's something to try - during your next visit to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica:

Viewing Magia Blanca (fittingly in English - 'White Magic') from afar...

Go ahead and stare - about halfway up - directly in the middle of the waterfall.

Do this for about 30 seconds - no blinking.

Then...

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Behold... the White Magic, Waterfall!

Look to the right - focusing on the rocks.

Wait for it...

Magic!

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And so wraps up, yet another unforgettable adventure - here on the Rich Coast.

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See ya next time!

Greeted by some coatis - just before the ride back up to the Visitor's Center...

...it was eventually time to return back down the mountain...

Surely to return again, another day.

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I hope you enjoyed the read... definitely check out the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica.

And of course - lot's more to come, here at ThisisCostaRica.com.

Pura Vida! :-)