La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica

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La Paz Waterfall
(es) Catarata de La Paz
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La Paz waterfall
Location Costa RicaAlajuela, Costa Rica
Coordinates 10°12′6.28″N 84°9′41.23″W / 10.2017444°N 84.1614528°W / 10.2017444; -84.1614528Coordinates: 10°12′6.28″N 84°9′41.23″W / 10.2017444°N 84.1614528°W / 10.2017444; -84.1614528
Total height 37 metres (121 ft)
Number of drops 1
Watercourse River La Paz

La Paz (Spanish: "the peace") is a waterfall in central Costa Rica.[1] In Spanish, it is known as Catarata de La Paz. It is 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of Alajuela, between Vara Blanca and Cinchona.

The waterfall is located immediately alongside the road from Alajuela that leads to the northern plains of Costa Rica. The River La Paz forms the waterfall after traversing 8 kilometres (5 mi) of volcanic terrain, and then continues through the rainforest of the eastern side of Poás Volcano. A short path leads behind the waterfall, where a small shrine had been located. Upstream from the waterfall is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a hotel and park, where visitors can observe many different species of local wildlife.

The waterfall and surrounding area were severely damaged in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake of January 8, 2009. Landslides damaged the road that runs alongside the waterfall.


  1. ^ McNeil, Jean (2001-01-01). The Rough Guide to Costa Rica. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781858287133.