Costa Rica Wonders (ILA)

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.

Airport Arrival

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination (Yes, that's your name on the welcome board!). You'll feel at ease in an instant.

Hotel Transfer

Forget the stress of finding your way to your hotel. As our guest, we'll whisk you off with a friendly Monograms-operated transfer, which is included when you purchase your flights from 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.

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

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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DAY
6
MONTEVERDE–SAN JOSÉ

Return to San José today.

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DAY
7
SAN JOSÉ

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

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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.

San Jose
Arenal
Monteverde

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Country Inn and Suites

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

Address: San Antonio de Belen San Jose, Costa Rica

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

Wyndham Herradura

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

Address: Autopista General Canas, Heredia San Jose, Costa Rica

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

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

Address: Prospero Fernandez Hwy Escazu San Jose, Costa Rica

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

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.

  • 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

Activities & Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following activities & 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). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

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

Arenal
Monteverde

Arenal

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 travellers 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, travelling through the time of the conquistadors, and gradually merging into the present. A small butterfly museum rounds out the collection.

Gold Museum

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.

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.

Museo de Jade

You’ll find the largest collection of American jade in this black glass building. You’ll also enjoy panoramic views of the city on the 11th floor of this stunning structure.

Museo de Oro Banco Central (Gold Museum)

For an experience that’s truly “golden,” don’t miss the Gold Museum. Housed beneath the Plaza de la Cultura, this underground museum has more than 2,000 pre-Columbian gold objects on display.

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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