La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica

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La Paz Waterfall
(es) Catarata de La Paz
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La Paz waterfall
LocationCosta RicaAlajuela, Costa Rica
Coordinates10°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 height37 metres (121 ft)
Number of drops1
WatercourseRiver 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.[2] 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.
  2. ^ Benavides, Roger (2009-01-09). "Tourists evacuated after fatal Costa Rica quake". Reuters. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)