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.


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

Select a Departure Date for Itinerary and Available Excursions:
DAY
1
ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

7-Dec-2019

Welcome to San José. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

8-Dec-2019

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. (B,L,D)

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DAY
3
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

9-Dec-2019

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. (B,L,D)

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DAY
4
TORTUGUERO–ARENAL

10-Dec-2019

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. (B,D)

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DAY
5
ARENAL

11-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

Price: Starting From: $75/person

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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.

Ecoglide Arenal Park

Price: Starting From: $54/person

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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.

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Price: Starting From: $53/person

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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.

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Price: Starting From: $63/person

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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.

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Price: Starting From: $99/person

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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.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge & Rio Frio Boat Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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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.

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DAY
6
ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

12-Dec-2019

This morning, your transfer begins with a short BOAT RIDE across Arenal Lake to 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! (B)

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DAY
7
MONTEVERDE

13-Dec-2019

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 sugar cane, coffee, and tilapia farming. (B)

Excursions Available:

Cultural Farm Tour

Price: Starting From: $33/person

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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.

Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Price: Starting From: $90/person

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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.

Sky Walk Tour

Price: Starting From: $50/person

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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.

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike

Price: Starting From: $87/person

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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!

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DAY
8
MONTEVERDE–MANUEL ANTONIO

14-Dec-2019

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. (B)

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DAY
9
MANUEL ANTONIO

15-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Ocean King Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

Price: Starting From: $90/person

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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.

Mangrove Tour

Price: Starting From: $67/person

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Mangrove Tour

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

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Price: Starting From: $67/person

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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.

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Price: Starting From: $80/person

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Zip Line Canopy Tour

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

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DAY
10
MANUEL ANTONIO

16-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Ocean King Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

Price: Starting From: $90/person

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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.

Mangrove Tour

Price: Starting From: $67/person

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Mangrove Tour

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

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Price: Starting From: $67/person

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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.

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Price: Starting From: $80/person

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Zip Line Canopy Tour

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

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DAY
11
MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ

17-Dec-2019

Return to San José today. (B)

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DAY
12
SAN JOSÉ

18-Dec-2019

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

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.

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San Jose

San Jose

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.

* 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).