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Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

Home to the World Famous Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud forest & More!

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Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

The cloud forests of Monteverde attract nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive quetzal. This is cowboy country and a great place for visitors to experience “authentic” Costa Rican culture. The top places to visit in the north region are La Fortuna waterfall gardens, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud forest, Sarapiquí, and Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

Visitors flock to the world famous Arenal Volcano near the town of La Fortuna. Looking to catch a glimpse of the lava flows, relax in the natural hot springs or take an adventure tour.  

Northern Costa Rica 

In Northern Costa Rica you’ll find the vast countryside making up the northern plains. Here you’ll find miles and miles of plantations – mostly rice and sugarcane as well as cattle pastures. This is the agricultural center of Costa Rica. Here you can find a lot of authentic “cowboys” who live a traditional life of working in the fields with the land. The Northern Zone has a low population density when compared with other parts of the country, while there are a few major exceptions – like the popular town of La Fortuna, Arenal, Monteverde & Sarapiquí.

The Arenal Volcano – A Majestic GiantNorthern Costa Rica Monteverde

Visitors flock to the majestic Arenal Volcano near the city of La Fortuna. Recently the volcano has been less active than it was in years past. However, the conical shape of the Arenal Volcano with its charred slopes offer an impressive site. Activities abound in this wonderful area. Choose to relax and rejuvenate in local hot springs, fly through the treetops on a canopy tour, go whitewater rafting and much more. There is so much to see and do during your visit to the Northern Zone to the Arenal Volcano!

The Cloud Forests of Monteverde in Northern Costa Rica

Explore the cloud forests of Monteverde. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to see the beautiful Quetzal in its natural habitat. This area is a must see for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts a like. You’ll never forget a hike through the Santa Elena Reserve or Monteverde National Park. Or a visit to the hanging bridges found here in one of Costa Rica's Northern Zone’s most beautiful rainforest areas. 

Sarapiqui – A destination off the beaten path!

Northern Costa Rica BirdsThe area of Sarapiqui is one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets – offering visitors a fantastic rainforest destination away from all the tourists and crowds. Here you’ll find pristine rainforest reserves, crystalline rivers, and a relaxed tropical atmosphere. Visit the Braulio Carrillo National Park, go rafting on the Sarapiquí river or visit a working scientific research station such as La Selva – there is so much to see and do in the unique and beautiful Northern Zone!

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Rainforest Adventures  There are several rivers flowing in all directions of the region: Rio Pacuare, Tortuguero Canal and of course the Rio Sarapiqui. Guided hikes through the rainforest, canopy tours, aerial trams and butterfly gardens await the milder explorer at heart.  Also, if you’re seeking a unique adventure vacation off the beaten path – truly the place for you! Ecolodges […]

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Miravalles Volcano Cloud

Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica

The Miravalles Volcano’s only historic eruption was a minor steam explosion in 1946. In fact, Costa Rica‘s biggest geothermal field are located in the surrounding area of Miravalles volcano. Miravalles Volcano – A sleeping Giant Miravalles has been sleeping for centuries, except for a small steam explosion in 1946. If you have an appropriate car, this trip is […]


Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

The Tenorio Volcano and Rio Celeste The elusive Puma, as well as various species of monkeys and other mammals, and myriads of birds, insects and spectacular flora inhabit the forest of Tenorio Volcano. The Rio Celeste, meaning Blue River, is what brings people to the area for its brilliant sky blue color thanks to a reaction […]

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