La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica
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|La Paz Waterfall|
|(es) Catarata de La Paz|
La Paz waterfall
|Location||Alajuela, Costa Rica|
|Total height||37 metres (121 ft)|
|Number of drops||1|
|Watercourse||River La Paz|
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.
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