The Northern Plains showcases some of our most scenic countryside and small towns. Only a two-hour drive from San Jose, small agriculture communities and cattle ranches cover rolling hills and deep valleys. Known as the heart of Costa Rica, you’ll find a strong cultural identity here. The plains, rivers and most importantly the people make the north central a must-see in any Costa Rica program. The main attraction is the Arenal Volcano which is the youngest and most active in Costa Rica.