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Costa Rica's Northern Region

Visit Costa Rica's Northern Region


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.


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Top itineraries in Costa Rica's Northern Region

Toucan, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Self-Drive

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,965 pp incl. flights

Travel past farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde national park. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

Top places to stay in Costa Rica's Northern Region

ORIGINS Lodge, Costa Rica


Contemporary lodge

Perched high on a ridge overlooking the sprawling jungles of northern Costa Rica’s Tenorio National Park, this luxury lodge offers the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, fine views and fabulous food.

Where to go in Costa Rica's Northern Region

Rincon de la Vieja

Rincon de la Vieja National Park is an area of high geothermal activity. Huge swathes of the park are located on the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, considered one of the more active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and the forces at work beneath the surface affect not just the volcano, but also …

Canyon Negro

Canyon Negro National Park lies just south of Costa Rica's border with Nicaragua; this isolated northern location means that accessing the park is best achieved by boat from Los Chiles. The park's out-of-the way location offers the perfect opportunity for a leisurely cruise up the Rio Frio.

When to go to Costa Rica's Northern Region

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