La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Peace Lodge

Located less than one hour from the San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport.

Welcome to the Peace lodge, the ultimate awakening of your senses. Here every magical sight, wondrous smell and sensual touch create irreplaceable memories of a journey you wish to take again and again. We pride ourselves on offering our guests the most unique luxury mountain lodge experience in Costa Rica. Located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park just one hour from the San José International Airport, the award winning Peace Lodge introduces its guests to a symphony of purely Costa Rican experiences celebrating the natural wonders of the rainforest and the splendid creatures that inhabit this magical environment.The ultra upscale accommodations are uniquely themed to complement the inherent beauty of its rain and cloud forest setting and the detailed architecture exudes a natural elegance and sophistication with every room boasting a Jacuzzi tub and stone fireplace along with showers that transform into waterfalls with the turn of a knob.   Picture perfect views of the La Paz River Valley and the towering Poás Volcano complete the experience.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

The Peace Lodge was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s “Honeymoon Hotspots International” program. La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park was the only privately owned park to be nominated by the readers of La Nacion Newspaper (the largest newspaper in Costa Rica) to be one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Costa Rica”.  The Park has also been featured on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and over twenty International travel and nature programs.  You will also see the Peace Lodge and its sister property The Springs Resort & Spa featured as the Costa Rican Dream vacations on The Wheel of Fortune. Each and every room boasts a Jacuzzi tub and stone fireplace along with waterfall showers. From the handcrafted canopy beds and love seats to the original stained glass and illustrated artwork you will understand the time and care put into the details of each accommodation. To insure your enjoyment of the cool mountain weather and view of the forest and Poás Volcano, we built oversized balconies complete with rocking chairs, hammocks and custom Jacuzzi tubs. The luxury boutique hotel experience continues with your choice of aromatherapy products and our selection of fine quality linens and robes. All guests are welcome to enjoy the park before it opens and after it closes, the optimal bird watching and wildlife viewing times. We are a great option as a bird watching hotel in the greater San José area because the rain forest literally surrounds the hotel and we have many “hard to see” species visit our feeders. Guided walking tours are available, but we suggest booking these at the same time you reserve your room. Guests will be greeted in our new Reception with a postcard view of the La Paz River Valley. Complimentary internet access is available to all of our guests in the Reception as well as in the “Las Tucas” lounge. We recommend a three-night stay for guests looking to make the most of their nature lodge experience.  Please keep in mind, as beautiful as we think our rain forest resort is, we recommend no more than a four night stay, in order for you to explore other areas of Costa Rica. Guests arriving directly from the airport will awaken to the sound of the rainforest and waterfalls rather than the city noise of San José.  The drive from the airport is approximately one hour and very scenic. We strongly believe we are the best option if you want a luxury hotel near the San José airport.


La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

  • Flowing white rivers
  • Walking trails
  • Animal exhibits
  • Frog Exhibit
  • Tica House
  • Trout Lake
  • Bird watching
  • Five waterfalls
  • Cloud and Rain forest
  • Safe hiking trails
  • Toucan feeding
  • Marmoset monkeys
  • Insect exhibit
  • Butterfly observatory
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Butterfly laboratory
  • Two-toed sloths
  • Capuchin (white-faced) monkeys
  • Black-handed spider monkeys
  • Hummingbird garden with 26 documented species
  • Hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons,
  • Serpentarium (snake exhibit)
  • Jaguar
  • Pumas
  • Ocelots
  • Jaguarundi
  • Margays
  • Casita de la paz with petting zoo and ox cart
  • Ranarium (frog exhibit)
  • Orchid exhibit
  • Heliconia exhibit
  • Bromeliad exhibit.
  • Aviary with 40 species of birds

What should you bring? A camera with a larger memory space to capture all the beautiful moments spent at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, shorts or comfortable pants a lightweight jacket or raincoat. Kindly keep in mind that the park ranges in altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet so it gets chilly when the clouds roll in.

How to get there from San Jose

Driving from Pan-American Highway head to the Juan Santamaria International Airport and go through the Alajuela exit. Keep driving straight for 12 straight miles until you see the signs for Poas Valcano. You will now arrive at a dead end three-way intersection where you’ll spot Jaulares Restaurant from here take a right. Drive straight for another mile to the town of Poasito and take another right from the intersection  where you see the sign board of Heredia – Vara Blanca – Sarapiqui. Take a left at the gas station at Vara Blanca and progress for another three miles. You will finally arrive at Waterfall Gardens which will be on your left.

Tel from Costa Rica: 2482-2720
Tel From the USA: 011 (506) 2482-2720 (International Call) (954)7273997
Fax: (506) 2761-2905

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