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.
- Round trip airfare to San Jose
- 2 nights hotel in San Jose at Country Inn and Suites or similar
- 2 nights hotel in Arenal at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar
- 2 night hotel in Santa Elena at Monteverde County Lodge or similar
- 3 nights hotel in Manuel Antonio at Villias Lirio or similar
- Local Host in San Jose
- 10 Meals: Buffet breakfast (B) daily, 1 three-course dinner (D)
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
- Transportation: Round trip airport transfers; As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
- Hotel baggage portage
|September 1-October 15, 2019
|Vancouver, Calgary||from $2649 + $264 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton||from $2949 + $264 tax|
|Add 2 nights in Tortuguero (located on Caribbean Sea)||from $640|
Day 1 ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Arrive in San José, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Hotel: Country Inn and Suites or similar
Day 2 SAN JOSÉ–ARENAL
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Magic Mountain Hotel or similar
Day 3 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.
Day 4 ARENAL–MONTEVERDE
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!
Hotel: Monteverde Country Lodge or similar
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 sugar cane, coffee, and tilapia farming.
Day 6 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.
Hotel: Villas Lirio or similar
Day 7 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.
Day 8 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.
Day 9 MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ
Return to San José today.
Hotel: Country Inn and Suites or similar
Day 10 SAN JOSÉ
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.