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Northwest Costa Rica is outstanding in natural beauty and has something for all types of nature lovers. From active volcanoes to lush, ecologically-rich cloudforest, through to national parks, sightseeing opportunities abound. When you are done with these, to the very far west, the Pacific Coast and Nicoya Peninsula offer stunning beaches for a well deserved spot of rest and relaxation.

Highlights in the region include:

Possibly the most active volcano in Central America, Volcán Arenal is worth a visit. The nearby town of Fortuna serves as a convenient base from which to explore the volcano and the surrounding area.

The Monteverde cloudforest reserve provides spectacular opportunities to view wildlife. Access to the reserve is via one of two towns, Santa Elena and Monteverde.

The Parque Nacional RincĂłn de la Vieja can be accessed from the town of Liberia.  The volcano, RincĂłn de la Vieja is active and supports hot sulphur pools and bubbling mud. Natural beauty is plentiful here.

About an hour north of Liberia, in the Parque Nacional Santa Rosa it is possible to view nesting turtles on the attractive beaches, including Playa Nancite and Playa Naranjo.


12 Mar 2007

Things to do in Northwest

Canopy Tour

106979Overview There are several options in town for this adrenaline adventure but the two listed are acknowledged to be the leading companies. Both offer a similar experience which basically involves ...
Adventure Tour
Santa Elena , Costa Rica

Twilight Walk, Children's Eternal Rainforest

106980Overview Walking through jungle at night is a very different experience to walking by day, and this tour enables you to compare the two by starting at sunset and ending in torchlight. It takes place ...
Hiking, Trekking, Eco-Tour
Santa Elena , Costa Rica

Hummingbird Gallery

106992This is one of the rare activities you can do for free around Monteverde. The only actual cost is the bus fare it will take to get there. On the edge of the Monteverde Reserve, the gallery houses ...
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Bridges Tour

106993Overview This is another pay-to-play activity in Monteverde, with several options allowing you to climb above or into the trees for a different experience of the jungle. Aventura's bridges come with ...
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

"Monteverde" literally means "Green Mountain" and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most spectacularly verdant sites in Central America. Tall trees host blooms of ...
Hiking, Trekking
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife watching opportunities occur both above and below ground here. In the caves, you’ll most likely see some bats, especially in and around the Trampa Cave chamber known as Stink-Pot ...
Other Activity
Parque Nacional Barra Honda, Nicoya, Costa Rica


The caves are the highlight of Barra Honda, and if you want to explore them, you’ll have to hire two guides (about $52). They work in pairs because they use a two-person belay system for ...
Other Activity
Nicoya, Costa Rica

Barra Honda National Park

142334Parque Nacional Barra Honda Located 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) northwest of noisy Nicoya is the oasis of calm and tranquillity that is Barra Honda National Park. Founded in 1974, the park ...
Nicoya, Costa Rica

San Blass Church

142294This quaint, humble church was originally built in 1644, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1822. Nine years later it was completely rebuilt, and the church today remains barely updated since that ...
Historical Building
Nicoya, Costa Rica

Monteverde Rainforest Walk

Overview This impressive cloud forest is the main reason to come to the Monteverde area. The pricey entrance fee buys you a map and instructions on the best walks to do in the amount of time you ...
Hiking, Trekking
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Parque Nacional RincĂłn de la Vieja

Overview This is a spectacular national park and one of Costa Rica's unique places. A one-hour run on a bumpy road from Liberia, the mostly forested park offers several pleasant long treks to ...
National Park
Liberia, Costa Rica
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