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What We Love

  • Rate includes unlimited access to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Just an hour away from the international airport
  • Views of the La Paz River Valley and the Poás Volcano
  • Spacious rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, oversize balconies and rainfall showers
  • Guests are permitted in the park before it opens and after it closes — optimal bird and wildlife viewing times
  • Hiking to the five cascades of the La Paz waterfalls

What To Know

  • Colibries Restaurant often hosts noisy tour groups for the lunch buffet
  • One night at Peace Lodge isn't enough, but you won’t need a full week
  • Perfect pick for honeymooners, or an exciting introduction to Costa Rica in the wild for families with children
  • Peace Lodge will not be wild enough for extreme wilderness aficionados
  • Smoking is permitted only on the balconies of the guestrooms
  • Free WiFi


  •  Eco-Friendly
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The Review

A little natural history background explains what’s unique about the Peace Lodge experience. First came the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a privately owned 70-acre preserve that American owners Lee and Cindy Banks created as a themed environmental park to protect the land. Without cutting down one tree, the park opened in 2000 with 2.2 miles of hiking trails and viewing platforms connected by walkways along the falls that plunge through a canyon.

It’s an extraordinary eco-park, and guests of the on-site boutique Peace Lodge are invited to roam freely. And there is nothing ordinary about Peace Lodge, which spills down the northern slope of the Poás Volcano. The roadside reception hall overlooks the villas below, which are tucked into forest and garden vegetation and are accessed via stone pathways. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2182/prop-97537-1323275600-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Set at 5,200 feet, villas at Peace Lodge spill down the northern slope of the Poás Volcano.”}

Your name will be on the door that opens into the spacious, colorful quarters, with grand views. Timbered ceilings, hand-laid wood floors and huge stone fireplaces share the space with a canopied four-poster kingsize bed of rough-hewn timber, fitted with a fluffy down comforter. You can settle into a loveseat in front of the fireplace or a two-seater rocker and hammock on your private balcony, which has its own mosaic-tile Jacuzzi tub.

All the rooms have at least one Jacuzzi, 37″ flatscreen TVs, stereo, DVD player, minibar and fridge. But book a Deluxe Room for the sensationally cavernous grotto of a garden bathroom, a tribute to rain forest whimsy: The faucets are color coded, with a red frog for hot, blue for cold; there’s a jumbo Jacuzzi centered below the skylight; and at the flick of a switch a cascade tumbles down the seven-foot rock wall, landscaped with bromeliads, orchids and ferns.

Peace Lodge has yet to win culinary kudos, but breakfast on the restaurant terrace or in your room comes with great fresh fruit and juice and fine Costa Rican coffee. The buffet lunch — typically tasty local fare — is served in the Colibries restaurant. For ambience and pre-fixe dinners, try the guests-only upstairs restaurant, Vista Poás. And at sunset the lakeside Big Trout Bar is a favorite gathering spot for predinner tapas and fresh fruit drinks.

How to Get There

Peace Lodge
3 miles north from Gas Station, Varablanca
Heredia, 1973015 Costa Rica


Peaceful Oasis

Peace Lodge was beautiful, unique, romantic...everything we had hoped for. Several very cool things to do with the animals like feeding hummingbirds and toucans, walking through hundreds of butterflies, and even milking a cow! The waterfalls are stunning but a definite workout. The volcano close by is a very neat and easy thing to do...a must do on a clear day.
The staff at Peace Lodge is very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Several of them have been there for 10-18 years. There were a few staff members that stood out. David was very nice and helpful with the toucans. He knew all of their names and their individual behaviors. Henry was friendly and informative about the sloths. Michael was an excellent tour guide when it came to the animals and the waterfalls. He was very informative and friendly to us and my sister who tagged along for the day. John took us to the volcano and he told us it was the best day to see it that he could remember. He took the time the time to point out the volcano squirrel and find a volcano salamander to show us. He took us to several stops and places we needed to go, including San Jose and the airport the next day. Jose was a great desk attendant and helped us with a few special requests.
Lastly, tips are not expected here but we feel that these folks deserved it and were greatly appreciative. We definitely recommend Peace Lodge to anyone and we plan on going back as soon as possible.

Jungle paradise

We spent the first two nights of our honeymoon at the Peace Lodge and had the best time. The grounds could not be more beautiful, and the hike and scenery of the waterfalls on the grounds are absolutely stunning. The service is top notch, and this is an absolutely world-class resort. We had perfect weather one day and rain the next, but sitting on our oversized balcony enjoying the hammock overlooking the mountains, clouds, and jungle rain were still one of the highlights of our trip. The rooms and balconies are so private. The place was pretty deserted at night, so we had the sunset dinner patio and restaurant practically to ourselves. The drive from San Jose Airport is steep, curvy, and slow, but very well-paved. Highly recommend having international cell service for google maps to get there. They had excellent fiber optic WiFi throughout the entire hotel and waterfall park, which we really appreciated in being able to research the rest of our trip.

On the way to/from San Jose, be sure to stop at the Alsacia Starbucks coffee farm for the MOST scenic latte of your life. Breathtaking!

WOW is an absolute understatement

We read how wonderful this place was but we were still so amazed when we arrived. The receptionist welcomed us with a tropical beverage and walked us to our room. We were fortunate to have been upgraded to a superior room and it really took my breath away when we walked in and saw the four poster bed and the incredible bathroom complete with indoor waterfall! The view from the balcony was spectacular and within five minutes we had a hummingbird on our balcony feeder. We took a couple of the tours they offered, one was the volcano and coffee plantation. Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide who gave us the opportunity to stop at a local store to try their wine and cheese. The other tour was a night frog walk. Got the best pictures of the colourful tree frogs which I have waited forever to see! We fed toucans with the help of Pablo, and with whom we had an amazing experience with the sloths. The food in the restaurant was fine dining at its best and the servers were superb. Cannot say enough good things about this place.