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Costa Rica: Arenal, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Tortuguero, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest
La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica: Ecologically yours
by Prakash Bang, Editor in Chief
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is privately owned ecological garden featuring a well-designed hiking route, famous waterfalls, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.
The gardens are home to five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, tica house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit and not to forget the hand-feeding times with the birds.
We landed at San Jose's domestic airstrip at about 9 in the morning. A bus was waiting to drive us to Arenal with a planned stop, just about mid-way, at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The Park comprises 70 acres of land including approximately 40 acres of cloud and rainforest and 30 acres of pastureland.
There’s a fee to enjoy the park. A hand-band was given which entitled us to walk the gardens, at our own will and enjoy a lavish buffet lunch at their restaurant.
Since time was limited, we restricted our walk along the 3.5 km trail (easy to medium) that took us past the 5 water falls. At the end of the trail the park’s shuttle bus got us back at the main gate. A little walk and we reached their restaurant… with a healthy appetite.
Post lunch we drove towards Arenal; stopping en-route to photograph a toucan!
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