Costa Rica Wonders with Tortuguero & Manuel Antonio (ILAF)

12 Day Package from San José to San José

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


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 Tortuguero

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 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 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

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

DAY
2
SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Early this morning, travel east to the northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip, admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side, continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, where you will board a BOAT to take you to TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. A 2.5-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. From the boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Upon arrival at your hotel there will be short briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero, where you learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of nearby protected coastline.

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DAY
3
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Your guide accompanies you on a leisurely BOAT RIDE along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Later, enjoy a fascinating STROLL through an accessible portion of the nearby rainforest and learn how the different animals, insects, and birds interact with forest plants, thus achieving a perfect balance of each species. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October), you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight.

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DAY
4
TORTUGUERO–ARENAL

Transfer by boat and car to Arenal. From here, journey to the town of La Fortuna in the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. This afternoon, 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.

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DAY
5
ARENAL

Today is at your 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. Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves.

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DAY
6
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!

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DAY
7
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.

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DAY
8
MONTEVERDE–MANUEL ANTONIO

Today, transfer to one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio. This trip will take you through the scenic mountains toward the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. Notice the beauty of the landscapes and appreciate how vegetation and weather change from the dry forest to rainforest. In Manuel Antonio you will discover a beach destination that offers the opportunity to interact with Mother Nature in magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park.

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DAY
9
MANUEL ANTONIO

Enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK on the trails of MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It combines a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforest. Once in the park, your Naturalist guides you along different trails to observe the abundant flora and fauna of the tropical forest. In particular, several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth can be seen. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where the view of the park and the sea is spectacular. During the afternoon you can relax at your hotel or you can participate in one of the optional activities offered in the area.

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DAY
10
MANUEL ANTONIO

Spend today exploring at your leisure. For the more active, consider a jungle hike suited to all abilities. Other activities include horseback riding, canopy tours, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and much more.

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DAY
11
MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ

Return to San José today.

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DAY
12
SAN JOSÉ

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

Included Hotels

San Jose
Tortuguero
Arenal
Monteverde
Manuel Antonio

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

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
Manuel Antonio

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.

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
Manuel Antonio

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: $$

Manuel Antonio

Mangrove Tour

Take a guided mangrove cruise through canals in search of caimans, sloths, crocodiles, boas, white-faced monkeys, egrets, and much more.

Price Range: $$

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Paddle through protected inland waterways by kayak which is the perfect way to explore the coastal mangrove areas and see wildlife up close.

Price Range: $$

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Zip along suspension cables from platform to platform enjoying the tropical forest and beautiful surroundings.

Price Range: $$

Ocean King Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

On this exciting Catamaran cruise, set sail around Manuel Antonio National Park as your guide points out notable wildlife and vegetation. You will also set anchor at Bisanz Beach where you can snorkel and savor a tasty barbecue lunch.

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.

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

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.

* 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).