Less than an hour away from San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, lives one of the most diverse assemblies of species in the entire country. Home to more than 100 different types of animals, La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge helps injured and rescued animals recover before being returned to the wild.
Giving hundreds of animals a second chance at life, visitors can see a wide range of exotic and colorful birds, white faced and spider monkeys, jungle cats, and some of the most beautiful and lethal snakes in Central America.
As the most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica, according to Go Visit Costa Rica, the history of the park dates back to World War II when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built a road to and bridge over the La Paz River, which opened up the area to locals and tourists. Spanning 70 acres, La Paz Waterfall Gardens now features 3.5 km of hiking trails, ten animal exhibits, and five waterfalls.
Here’s a look at some of the animals on the road to recovery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge.