The Northern Plains are a dream destination for nature lovers, with several protected lakes, lagoons, rivers, volcanoes and waterfalls. They are home to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, one of the most biodiverse places in Costa Rica where turtles, caimans, sloths, monkeys and iguanas roam free. The Arenal Volcano towers over the town of La Fortuna and at night you can watch the glow of molten lava from its constant low grade eruptions.
The Rio Sarapiqui was once the only way to journey through this region and now a trip down this river is the perfect opportunity to see caimans, turtles, monkeys, birds and more.
Go spelunking in the caves at Venado Caverns or visit the people of the Maleku Indigenous Reservation. The rushing waters of the Rio Frio offer superb fishing opportunities and boat trips are available down the Rio San Carlos. After a full day of hiking up volcanoes and exploring the jungle, immerse yourself in the steaming waters of Tabacon hot springs.