The Cordillera de Tilarán forms the watershed between the Atlantic and Pacific. The best known attraction in the region is the active Volcán Arenal, the most currently active volcano in Central America, which came into action in July 2009. Directly next to the Arenal volcano you can find a reservoir that is used to produce energy. The Arenal Lake is internationally recognized as one of the best windsurfing areas. Less known, but more exciting, is the cloud forest region around Monteverde. Monteverde is a nature reserve that offers many different hiking trails through a beautiful nature. We can see here countless trees and plant species; the diversity of fauna is unsurpassed. Close to Monteverde is the town Santa Elena, a very interesting place as a starting point for exploring nature.
Even less is known is the Tenorio Volcano, which is extinguished since long time ago, and you can do excellent hiking in its origins. The Rio Celeste is a sky blue-colored river that originates at the Tenorio Volcano. You can experience with our tours how the water gets its blue-sky color. Just a few miles west of the Rio Celeste, you follow straight line to get into the wetlands of Caño Negro and the Río Frío. This is the most important wetland in Costa Rica, and it is of course protected. The Wildlife in the area is unsurpassed.
The Rio Frio opens into the Rio San Juan in Nicaragua. The Rio San Ramon also does, and you can take beautiful boat trips to Nicaragua. Animal watching tours available in the foreground.
Here is the starting point from which you can explore the beautiful Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is located in the province of Alajuela, and is the connection point between the northern lowlands and the high cloud forests around Monteverde and Santa Elena.
La Fortuna is easily accessible, and it offers spectacular views of the 10 km from the Arenal volcano, which is known as the most active volcano in Central America.
This nature reserve is located in the north of Costa Rica, next to the border with Nicaragua, and bordering a lake, which belongs to this neighbor country. At the center of 9960-acre nature reserve is located, in the rainy season, the nearly 800-acre Caño Negro Lake. Here is offered fantastic opportunities for wildlife observation.
In its lower reaches, just before the junction with the San Juan River (the river that divides Costa Rica and Nicaragua), it joins the Río Tres Amigos.
The Monteverde Biological Reserve (Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde) is an approximately 10,500-acre conservation area, which was originally founded on a private initiative. It lies at an altitude of around 1500 meters on the slopes of the Cordillera de Tilarán, and includes several different habitats; in the first place the cloud forests. The region around Monteverde is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics.
The "eternal children's rain forest" (Bosque de los Niños eterno, BEN) is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica. Here, more than 18,000 square miles of rainforest are protected.