Costa Rica Wonders (ILA)

7 Day Package from San José to San José

Pura Vida—“pure life.” It sounds like a popular song, but it’s actually one of Costa Rica’s most popular greetings, and you’re sure to hear it on this vacation. And while Monograms can’t give you “the pure life” back home, we can promise you pura vida on this 7-day vacation, because we’ve taken care of all the details for you. Your package includes hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast (plus one lunch and one dinner), and transportation between cities. We’ve also arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®—someone who is there for you to answer questions, offer suggestions, let you in on little-known secrets, and help your vacation run smoothly.

When you arrive, Monograms can whisk you from the airport to your selected hotel, allowing you to start your vacation immediately. At your hotel, your Local Host will give you helpful materials for your vacation, so you won’t waste time trying to figure out where to go and what to see. The next day, after your included breakfast, your journey will take you to the town of La Fortuna. Here is the Arenal region, you’ll stay two nights, and witness Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Enjoy a guided walk through the lava trails; visit Tabacón Hot Springs, where you can relax in the natural thermal springs surrounded by waterfalls and lush, tropical forest; and take a boat ride across Arenal Lake. You’ll surely think you’re living the pura vida!

We’ll then transfer you to Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 3,000 plant species, roughly 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. Here, you’ll stay two nights and join an expert for a guided evening walk to search out the jungle’s nocturnal creatures. In both Arenal and Monteverde, you’ll have a free day to explore on your own. In Arenal, perhaps enjoy a horseback ride, go river rafting, or visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges. In Monteverde, visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzals, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species. Finally, we’ll transfer you to San José, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Perhaps visit one of the many museums or discover the Central Market. Be sure to ask your Local Host for the best place to eat a typical Costa Rican meal with gallo pinto, or black beans and rice.

And did we mention that in addition to the services of a Local Host, we’ve included your sightseeing, breakfasts, and transportation between towns? Think of the headaches and hassles involved with planning, organizing and getting to each destination on your own! So what are you waiting for…now’s your chance to experience Pura Vida!


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.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms vacation package to Costa Rica includes a guided nature walk with a Naturalist just before nightfall in Monteverde’s Cloud Forest. Be on the lookout for the two-toed sloth, coatis, tree frogs, and more.

DAY
1
ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

8-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–ARENAL

9-Dec-2019

This morning, transfer 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)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
3
ARENAL

10-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
4
ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

11-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
5
MONTEVERDE

12-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
6
MONTEVERDE–SAN JOSÉ

13-Dec-2019

Return to San José today. (B)

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DAY
7
SAN JOSÉ

14-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).