Costa Rica Northern Plains
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The Northern part of the country is filled with rain forests, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, caverns and world famous hot springs. The perfectly conical Arenal volcano is surrounded by a region of infinite potential and incredibly diverse flora and fauna.

The climate in the region goes a long way in making the northern plains so special. Misty cloud forest environments, verdant rolling hills and a fantastically fast lake make the region a must on any visit to Costa Rica. The ideal way to visit the region is by car. The landscapes as you drive along twisting roads make for incredible photographs. The mild 70F weather you'll find here is refreshing, especially when arriving from the coast.

A striking characteristic of this area is the dramatic contrast in topography. The Cordilleras, or ranges, of Tilarán and Guanacaste set off the beauty of the Guatuso, San Carlos and Tortuguero Plains. Several small and medium-sized rivers that range throughout the plains make the region very fertile. Fruit trees, rice paddies and cattle ranching are practiced by the residents. Yet there are many expanses of protected areas dotting the region.

Of the 850 bird species identified in Costa Rica, 600 are permanent residents in this region. Don't forget the binoculars!

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The slighty different National Park Santa Rosa 1039
The Northern Plains 1556
Pure Adrenaline 1037
Sarapiquí: Land of abundance 1850
La Fortuna 1277
Tilarán 1243
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 1007
Arenal 1024
How to get to Arenal 941
Arenal region 1426
Northern zone attractions 1664
La Fortuna: Relax to the max 1559
Peñas Blancas River Safari 1048
Arenal Lake: Crystalline reflection 1122
La Fortuna: A fortunate trip 976
Caño Negro: Along rich waters 1012
Sarapiquí River 1803
La Fortuna de San Carlos 1090
Sarapiqui 1395
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