The Northern Lowlands are the perfect stop off on your way back to the capital city San Jose from the coast. Flush with Costa Rica's northern boarder, the lowlands are often overlooked in favour of the more mountainous regions around San Jose itself.
Leave the car behind for a day and go hiking around the intricate river systems that meander across the lowland plains, or try some of the many outdoor activities available in the area.
Rincon de la Vieja sits on the slope of an active volcano and, unlike Canyon Negro, is accessible from the road. However, it's the impassable wilderness that makes nearby Canyon Negro so special. Cruising down the Rio Frio visitors follow the migration of spawning bull sharks through some of the most untouched forest habitat in Latin America.