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Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Travel Guide

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Plan Your Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Vacation

The vast expanse that locals call the Zona Norte (Northern Zone) packs in a larger variety of activities than any other part of the country. You'll find almost everything in this region that Costa Rica has to offer, except beaches, of course.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Experience a volcano When Arenal, one of the world's most active volcanoes, is not dormant, you can hear it rumbling, and, on clear nights, see plumes of gas and rock spouting from its dome.
  2. Walk down to a waterfall The reward for a tough hike down to Cataratas de la Fortuna is a magnificent series of waterfalls.
  3. Walk in a cloud Explore Monteverde's misty world on treetop walkways up to 41 meters (138 feet) off the ground.
  4. Watch wildlife Birds, monkeys, turtles, crocodiles, jaguars, and sloths abound in the 25,000-acre CaƱo Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
  5. Windsurf Lake Arenal is one of the top windsurfing spots on earth; winds can reach 50 to 60 mph mid-November through April.

When To Go

When to Go

High Season: Mid-December to April

Climate is difficult to pinpoint in this vast region. The Northern Plains link the rainier Caribb...

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