Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    It's a shame that Caño Negro doesn't grab the same amount of attention in wildlife-viewing circles as other destinations in Costa Rica. Due...Read More

  • 2. El Trapiche

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Two-hour tours departing at 10 am and 3 pm guide you from the bean to the cup at this coffee plantation and sugarcane mill where you can sample...Read More

  • 3. La Fortuna Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A strenuous walk down 500 steps (allow 25 to 40 minutes) is worth the effort to swim in the pool under the waterfall. Wear sturdy shoes or water...Read More

  • 4. 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 of...Read More

  • 5. Selvatura

    Zoo/Aquarium

    If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature-themed adventure park—complete with a canopy tour...Read More

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