The Cataratas La Paz is a well-known waterfall in Costa Rica, a Central American country which is famous in part for its waterfalls. It's located approximately 31 km or about 18 mi. northwest of Alajuela, capital of the province of the same name in the north-central part of the country. The Falls are formed by the La Paz River. The area saw significant damage from a 6.1 Richter Scale earthquake which hit Costa Rica in January, 2009. The waterfall can be accessed from the road which runs to/from Alajuela.