Costa Rica Wonders with Corcovado

11 Day Package from San José to San José

Monograms removes the hassles of travel by taking care of the planning, arranging, and coordinating to create a simple, all-in-one vacation package just for you.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In San José; Naturalist in Corcovado

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily4 lunches 4 three-course dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

DAY
1
Arrive San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in San José, where you will be met by your Local Host.

DAY
2
San José–Arenal

This morning, journey to the artisan town of Sarchi before stopping for a typical Costa Rican lunch in La Fortuna. Continue to the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. In the afternoon, take a guided WALK through the lava trails of the volcano and appreciate how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. After the walk, visit the famous TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the Hot Springs.

DAY
3
Arenal

Today is at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. A great opportunity for nature lovers and birdwatchers! Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves.

DAY
4
Arenal–Monteverde

This morning, begin with a short BOAT ride across Arenal Lake and admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided NATURE WALK to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more!

DAY
5
Monteverde

Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugarcane, coffee, and tilapia farming.

DAY
6
Monteverde–San José

Return to San José today.

DAY
7
San José–Corcovado

After breakfast, transfer to the San José local airport for your flight to Palmar Sur. Upon arrival, your Local Host will take you to the dock at the Sierpe River, where you will board a BOAT that takes you through the river and sea to Corcovado. A stay in this wild and untamed region, often referred to as the “last frontier” or the “belly button of life” truly connects you with nature. A stay in this area will take you into the deepest contact with nature and make for a unique and unparalleled vacation.

DAY
8
Corcovado

A full-day tour shows off CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK on the Osa Peninsula. This park conserves the largest primary tropical rainforest on the American Pacific coastline, and is one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world. Corcovado is large enough to support a great population of the endangered Baird’s Tapir, and it holds about 140 species of mammals (representing 10% of the mammal species in America). The abundance of wildlife can, in part, be explained by the variety of vegetation types, including over 500 species of tree.

DAY
9
Corcovado

With turquoise-blue waters and colorful coral reefs, CAÑO ISLAND BIOLOGICAL RESERVE is one of the best places for snorkeling in the South Pacific. This morning, board a BOAT for a scenic ride to Caño Island, where you may be fortunate enough to see whales, dolphins, and other marine animals en route. On the island, enjoy a walk to some ancient archeological sites and burial grounds from pre-Colombian times. The snorkeling from here is not to be missed. In the waters you will spot marine life like parrotfish, puffers, barracudas, rays, sea turtles, and even a shark or two!

DAY
10
Corcovado–San José

Transfer to the Palmar Sur airstrip for your flight back to San José. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in San José for your final night in Costa Rica.

DAY
11
San José

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 28, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

San Jose
Arenal
Monteverde
Corcovado

Country Inn and Suites

San Antonio de Belen
San Jose, Costa Rica

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

A welcoming haven in a bustling San Jose, the Country Inn & Suites is conveniently located near many attractions and provides quality service, comfortable accommodations, and all the elements you need to relax and enjoy your stay. The hotel offers a large pool, fitness facilities, a full-time business center, and an on-site restaurant.

Location & Highlights

This hotel is conveniently located near downtown San Jose and major attractions, yet still designed with peace and comfort in mind. With all the comforts of home, tastefully decorated facilities and rooms, this hotel is an ideal place to stay.

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site

Magic Mountain Hotel

La Fortuna de San Carlos
Arenal, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This colonial-modern hotel facing Arenal Volcano offers panoramic views and is surrounded by lush foliage. Facilities include an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant with international cuisine, sports bar, and relaxing spa. Air-conditioned rooms feature a balcony or terrace with views of the volcano, in-room safe, cable television, and wireless internet access.

Location & Highlights

Facing the colossal Arenal Volcano and surrounded by tropical forests, the hotel is located nearby downtown shops and restaurants.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Warm, terracotta colored rooms are equipped with a balcony or terrace with magnificent panorama views of Arenal Volcano.

Monteverde Country Lodge

300 Mts Sureste de la Escuela de Cerro Plano
Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The hotel maintains the essence of traditional rustic lodging while assuring guests maximum comfort. Guestrooms feature complementary Wi-Fi, cable TV, in-room safe, private bathroom, and daily housekeeping.

Location & Highlights

Surrounded by mountains, forests, and beautiful gardens.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Room Service

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
The Monteverde Country Lodge offers rooms with a traditional and cozy ambiance with high quality conveniences. Accommodations feature an in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, down comforter, and telephone.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Playa San Josecito
Corcovado, Costa Rica

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 11:00

A prime location on the edge of Corcovado National Park, the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge offers luxury first-class service, food and exciting activities. The Spanish colonial-style Bungalows are spread around a garden for maximum privacy. This unique lodge offers accommodations constructed with the highest concern for conservation in harmony with the landscape and the environment, and a commitment to responsible tourism. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, two pools, sand beach, gift shop, and laundry.

Location & Highlights

Tucked away in the trees, cooled by the Pacific Ocean, and accessible only by motor launch, the lodge is a 170-acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park.

Room Amenities

  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
Guestrooms feature ceiling fans, ample closet space, safety deposit box, and a "wooden chest" for a jungle minibar. The tiled rooms have a screened porch perfect for relaxing after a days adventures and a living room tastefully decorated with fine wood furniture.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

San Jose
Arenal
Monteverde

Wyndham Herradura

Autopista General Canas, Heredia
San Jose, Costa Rica

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Wyndam San Jose Herradura sets itself apart from other properties, offering refined casual luxury in a relaxing setting. Only 15 minutes away from San Jose downtown, its location is idyllic - a tropical experience coupled with Costa Rican charm. With 3 sparkling outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, bar and on-site casino, you will never be without something to do. Enjoy excellent service and first class amenities at this tropical getaway, in the heart of the Central Valley.

Location & Highlights

This 230-room hotel is a restful retreat in the Central Valley. Remarkable service and sophisticated amenities complete the feeling of relaxation, just minutes from downtown and the bustle of exciting San Jose.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Real Intercontinental Hotel & Club Tower

Prospero Fernandez Hwy Escazu
San Jose, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This luxury hotel is situated in the heart of San Jose and only minutes away from trendy shops and restaurants. The hotel features a full service health and fitness center, renowned spa, beauty salon, outdoor tennis courts, business center, two modern style bars.

Location & Highlights

This well-appointed hotel is located in a suburb os San Jose.

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shoe Shine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
This modern hotel boasts beautifully appointed guestrooms that feature fresh colors, luxurious linens, and rich wood accents. Amenities range from the LCD televisions with built in sound system to double paned windows for a relaxing night sleep.

Volcano Lodge & Gardens

La Fortuna
Arenal, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 10:00

With an exceptional location and views of Arenal Volcano, this hotel surpasses expectation in comfort, service, and class. Guests will feel at ease with modern room amenities, clean lines and tasteful décor. Dining options, spa services, and a choice of pool and lounge settings make your stay in Arenal unforgettable, as well as its convenient access to the wildlife and nature surrounding it.

Location & Highlights

Set within a tropical garden and with an impeccable view of Arenal Volcano, this tastefully decorated and friendly hotel offers access to hot springs, adventure, and some of the most luscious beauty in Costa Rica.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Arenal Manoa

La Fortuna
Arenal, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Arenal Manoa Hotel is a place to rest, relax and enjoy the amazing view of the Arenal Volcano. Its surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals. Each room has been designed so that it offers a panoramic view of the volcano. Take advantage of the spacious gardens and enjoy a nice walk and have the opportunity to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm.

Location & Highlights

Situated within a natural and private environment surrounded by the La Palma River and home to a great diversity of birds, mammals, and lizards, as well as a large variety of plants.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
The Arenal Manoa features rooms with both interior and exterior space, offering panoramic views of the Arenal volcano. Guestrooms feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom with rainfall showerhead, air conditioning, satellite TV, coffee maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

La Fortuna
Arenal, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Framed with lush vegetation and beautiful views, this hotel features memorabilia of Costa Rican life from the beginning of the 19th century. Facilities include a restaurant, private hot springs, pool, spa, game room, gift shop, laundry, and gym.

Location & Highlights

The Arenal Kioro is ideally located in front of the majestic Arenal Volcano and offers some of the best views from its rooms' terraces.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
Guestrooms at this property boast magnificent views of the nearby volcano or mountains from two terraces. All accommodations include a Jacuzzi, satellite television, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee maker, safety deposit box, and handsome wood accents.

Ficus Lodge

Santa Elena
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Tucked away in the heart of Monteverde, amidst lush forest and Costa Rica's landscapes, the Ficus Lodge welcomes guests with friendly service and spacious, comfortable accommodations. Simple and modern amenities offer a nice touch along your Costa Rican journey, as well as great local cuisine at the hotel restaurant and bar.

Location & Highlights

Surrounded by natural tropical gardens and rich scenery, the Hotel Ficus Lodge sits right in the heart of Monteverde and offers up impressive local cuisine, friendly staff and easy access to the town center below.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Each room at the Ficus Lodge is spacious with updated furnishings, private bathroom, and satellite TV, along with garden-view balconies.

El Establo Mountain Lodge

San Pedro
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Set in a private 150 acres farm adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve, El Establo offers guests a home base of relaxation and activity. Amenities include tennis, basketball, and soccer courts, two indoor pools, two restaurants, two bars, gym, and spa.

Location & Highlights

Located 90 kilometers from Puntarenas and 4 km to la Reserva de Monteverde.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
All guest rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, refrigerator, orthopedic mattresses, telephone, coffee maker, cable T.V., hair dryer, security box, two queen size bed.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Arenal
Monteverde

Arenal

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

This tour begins with a horseback ride through the beautiful countryside of San Carlos Valley with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Next take a short walk to La Fortuna Waterfall where you can swim in the natural pool.

Price Range: $$

Ecoglide Arenal Park

Arenal Ecoglide Park is one of Costa Rica's newest adventure parks featuring a canopy tour built to highest safety standards. The canopy tour not only offers you a great zipline adventure but also an opportunity to observe all the animal life in its natural habitat.

Price Range: $$

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rain forest and experience its peacefulness while paddling the Penas Blancas River.

Price Range: $$

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Along this guided naturalist walk, you will walk along 15 different bridges suspended in the rain forest canopy. Take in the sites from an unrivaled perspective, showing you the fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world.

Price Range: $$

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Located in a unique area between the rain forest of the Arenal Reserve and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, on this tour you will experience full adrenaline and the most spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake from the aerial Sky Tram and the Sky Trek zip lines.

Price Range: $$

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge & Rio Frio Boat Tour

Enjoy a full day tour discovering the natural wonders of the northern wetlands of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Price Range: $$

Monteverde

Cultural Farm Tour

Take a guided tour of a family-run farm and learn all about the traditional methods of production of typical Costa Rican exports including sugarcane, coffee, bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, and macadamia nuts.

Price Range: $

Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Appreciate the nature of the tropical cloud forest, which encompasses 2 different activities - Sky Tram & Sky Trek. Begin with a ride on the Sky Tram through the cloud forest that brings you to the Sky Trek, a thrilling zip line course.

Price Range: $$

Sky Walk Tour

The Sky Walk Tour is a guided tour that combines trails and suspension bridges with lengths of over 984 feet and heights above the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest. The tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area, accompanied by a specialized guide.

Price Range: $

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike

Take a naturalist-guided tour of The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to howler and white-faced monkeys, the three-wattled bellbird, keel-billed toucan, bare-necked umbrella bird, the gorgeous quetzal, and much more!

Price Range: $$

Insider

San Jose

San Jose

Meet Jorge Avila, one of your Local Hosts in San Jose, Costa RicaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to San José, Costa Rica. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about San José and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local San José and Costa Rica insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Costa Rica

My name is Jorge Avila from Costa Rica, I’m a general naturalist tour guide licensed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. I really love my job because I can share with all visitors the exuberant flora and fauna of my beautiful country, I enjoy walking and spotting all kinds of animals such as monkeys, sloths and especially birds, as well as talking about plants, trees, flowers and orchids. I also love when people ask about our typical phrase "Pura Vida" and I can explain to them that this is everything in Costa Rica. It is the way to say "very nice", "beautiful", and "OK"!! I like when people come to Costa Rica looking to learn about our efforts for conservation and our culture and I can be part of these memorable experiences that I'm sure they will share with their families and friends when they return to their countries. I have one of the best jobs in the world.

Costa Rican Art Museum

Created just twenty years ago as the place for art lovers to see contemporary Costa Rican painting and sculpture, this museum offers modern art in every medium imaginable.

Costa Rican National Museum

Located in the old Bellavista Fortress, the National Museum houses Costa Rica's past surrounded by bullet-riddled stone walls. The National Museum is situated on 17th Street, between Central and Second Avenues, on the Cuesta de Moras. It is adjacent to the Plaza de la Democracia. The National Museum offers a brief overview of the country's history, beginning with pre-Columbian artifacts, traveling through the time of the conquistadors, and gradually merging into the present. A small butterfly museum rounds out the collection.

Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Banco Central)

Located beneath the Plaza de la Cultura, this museum is home to the most valuable collection of pre-Columbian gold in the world. More than 2,600 gold artifacts are on exhibit, as well as a history of Costa Rica's currency and a collection of rare coins and bills.

Jade Museum

It's not all jade, though the beautiful green stone takes center stage at the aptly-named museum. In addition to pre-Columbian jade jewelry, carved artifacts and display objects, you will find ceramics, precious stones and gold miniatures from different cultural areas of Costa Rica. You’ll also enjoy panoramic views of the city on the 11th floor of this stunning structure.

National Children's Museum

Learning is fun at this interactive museum, where kids play with hands-on exhibits that focus on science and technology, as well as traditional culture, art and literature of Costa Rica.

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden

If you’re looking for a brief respite from sightseeing, nothing is more soothing than this butterfly garden in the heart of the city. Learn about native species and enjoy a pick-me-up in the coffee shop.

Lukas

Costa Ricans eat black beans at almost every meal, including breakfast. For a taste of native cuisine, head to Lukas for the black bean soup or the Gallo Pinto, a dish made of black beans, rice, and usually accompanied by fresh eggs, cheese, and fried plantain.

La Luz

Regional cuisine with an adventurous twist is served at La Luz. The menu features fresh local ingredients prepared with ethnic influences. The beef tenderloin in strawberry-balsamic reduction is one of its most popular dishes.

Boutique Annemarie

This 2-story specialty shop in the Hotel Don Carlos carries a selection of jewelry, books, art, leather goods, and local crafts that you’ll find nowhere else. You may go in seeking souvenirs for others, but you’ll walk out with treasures for yourself.

Café Rica

This isn’t a café but a Costa Rican coffee liqueur that makes for an excellent souvenir. For the best prices, skip the boutiques and head straight to a local grocery store.

Club Twister

San José is disco central and this club is where the locals go for hot Latin and international music. The dance floors are large and the drinks flow freely.

Shakespeare Bar

For a quieter evening, try the Shakespeare Bar. Live blues, soul, and jazz provide the perfect backdrop at a place where you can sit back with friends, order a drink, and enjoy the atmosphere.

Central Market

Probably Costa’s Rica’s most authentic market, the San José Central Market features more than 350 booths selling everything imaginable, from spices and fish to hammocks and flowers. Open daily, it is located on Central Avenue in the heart of the city.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 28, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $277. Required intra-vacation air segments: San José/Palmar Sur; Palmar Sur/San José. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

NOTE: Hotels on this vacation are on request for the Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. These times may have a supplemental cost.

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).