Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Sights

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Lake Arenal

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Costa Rica's largest inland body of water, shimmering Lake Arenal, all 125 square km (48 square miles) of it, lies between rolling green...

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges

  • Bridge/Tunnel

A series of trails and bridges form a loop through the primary rain forest of a 250-acre private reserve, providing great bird-watching...

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

One of Costa Rica's best-kept reserves has 13 km (8 miles) of well-marked trails, lush vegetation, and a cool, damp climate. The collision...

Monteverde Coffee Tour

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Bite your tongue before requesting Costa Rica's ubiquitous Café Britt up here. Export-quality Café Monteverde is the locally grown...

Orchid Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

More than 450 species of orchids, one of which is the world's smallest, are on display. Admission includes a 30-minute tour. ...

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Several conservation areas near Monteverde are attractive day-trip destinations, especially when the Monteverde Reserve is too busy.


  • Zoo/Aquarium

If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature theme park—complete with canopy tour and...

Termales del Bosque

  • Bath/Hot Spring

Soak those tired muscles as you watch the birds—for less than you'd pay at most of the other hot springs in the region. You have the...

Venado Caves

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In 1945 a farmer in the mountain hamlet of Venado fell into a hole, and thus discovered these eight subterranean limestone chambers extending...

Viento Fresco Waterfalls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

On the road from Monteverde, just south of Tilarán, this private farm boasts five cascading waterfalls and swimming holes. The largest...