Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guanacaste 2021 - 11 days from San Jose to Guanacaste
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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guanacaste 2021

11 days from San Jose to Guanacaste

Starting at $2,532


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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If you were the type of kid who always colored outside the lines, this bold tour of Costa Rica is just the escape for you. Wide-open spaces, multi-hued creatures, and bright, vivid scenery welcome you with open arms and a no-holds-barred spirit. As you make your way through Costa Rica, lava trails, cloud forests, and high-in-the-sky suspension bridges invite you to take a walk on the wild side while scenic boat rides, nature walks, and natural hot springs beckon you to leisurely soak in the views. Frolic among hundreds of species of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and wildlife in the most colorful rainforests, and feast on your own delicious Costa Rican creations in an authentic cooking class. With visits to an active volcano and exotic fruit plantations, plus several meet-and-greets with the native macaws and monkeys, this vacation to Costa Rica is bananas!

If there’s ever a time to imitate the slow-moving sloth, it would be in its native country. A change of scenery and speed await on Costa Rica’s lush, northwestern shore. Add a Monograms vacation to the seaside resort of Guanacaste to your tour of Costa Rica to catch marlin, mahi mahi, or just some mellow rays on the beach.



Destination & Sightseeing

Notes:
Prime viewing season for endangered green turtle nesting and egg laying in Tortuguero National Park occurs mid-July to mid-October.

MEALS

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Welcome to San José!

Day 2
SAN JOSÉ Scenic drive past banana plantations en route to the Caribbean shore to board your cruise to the Tortuguero Canals. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided cruise on the canals with a Local Guide and boatman includes watching for freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. Free time at your lodge before a slideshow presentation about the park
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Day 3
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided boat cruise with a Naturalist through remote areas of the park, followed by a rainforest walk. Presentation by a local Naturalist this afternoon
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Day 4
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Boat trip en route to the Sarapiqui area. SARAPIQUI [LF] Guided Tour of a local family-owned pineapple farm highlights the history and cultivation of the pineapple industry. ARENAL Free time this afternoon at your resort’s pool, hot-spring-fed Jacuzzi, or on a nearby nature trail. Dinner at your hotel
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Day 5
ARENAL Free time this morning before a guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park includes lava trails and nature that has recovered from past lava flows. Walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos includes spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous [LF] Tabacón Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools before dinner at the hot springs. (B,D) ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Arenal with a float trip to watch for native flora and fauna. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app
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Day 6
ARENAL Scenic drive to Monteverde. MONTEVERDE Guided tour with a Naturalist on the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna
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Day 7
MONTEVERDE Guided walking tour with a Naturalist in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (home to over 600 species of butterflies, 400 species of birds, with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species). [LF] Visit to a family-owned Ecological Sanctuary includes a tour, cooking class, and lunch. Farewell dinner this evening
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Day 8
MONTEVERDE Scenic drive to Guanacaste. GUANACASTE Arrive in Costa Rica’s North Pacific region which offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is far from a traditional beach destination. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach
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Day 9
GUANACASTE Free day
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Day 10
GUANACASTE Free day
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Day 11
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 12
ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Day 13
SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Day 14
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE

Day 15
TORTUGUERO–SARAPIQUI–ARENAL

Day 16
ARENAL. EXCURSION TO LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

Day 17
ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

Day 18
SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

Day 19
MONTEVERDE–GUANACASTE

Day 20
GUANACASTE

Day 21
GUANACASTE

Day 22
GUANACASTE

Day 23
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 24
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 25
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 26
BreakfastDinner

Day 27
BreakfastLunch

Day 28
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 29
Breakfast

Day 30
Breakfast

Day 31
Breakfast

Day 32
Breakfast

Day 33 ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA.
Welcome to San José!

Day 34 SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK.
SAN JOSÉ Scenic drive past banana plantations en route to the Caribbean shore to board your cruise to the Tortuguero Canals. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided cruise on the canals with a Local Guide and boatman includes watching for freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. Free time at your lodge before a slideshow presentation about the park
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 35 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided boat cruise with a Naturalist through remote areas of the park, followed by a rainforest walk. Presentation by a local Naturalist this afternoon
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 36 TORTUGUERO–SARAPIQUI–ARENAL.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Boat trip en route to the Sarapiqui area. SARAPIQUI [LF] Guided Tour of a local family-owned pineapple farm highlights the history and cultivation of the pineapple industry. ARENAL Free time this afternoon at your resort’s pool, hot-spring-fed Jacuzzi, or on a nearby nature trail. Dinner at your hotel
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 37 ARENAL. EXCURSION TO LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK.
ARENAL Free time this morning before a guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park includes lava trails and nature that has recovered from past lava flows. Walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos includes spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous [LF] Tabacón Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools before dinner at the hot springs. (B,D) ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Arenal with a float trip to watch for native flora and fauna. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 38 ARENAL–MONTEVERDE.
ARENAL Scenic drive to Monteverde. MONTEVERDE Guided tour with a Naturalist on the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 39 MONTEVERDE.
SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE. MONTEVERDE Guided walking tour with a Naturalist in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (home to over 600 species of butterflies, 400 species of birds, with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species). [LF] Visit to a family-owned Ecological Sanctuary includes a tour, cooking class, and lunch. Farewell dinner this evening
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 40 MONTEVERDE–GUANACASTE.
MONTEVERDE Scenic drive to Guanacaste. GUANACASTE Arrive in Costa Rica’s North Pacific region which offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is far from a traditional beach destination. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach
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Day 41 GUANACASTE.
GUANACASTE Free day
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Day 42 GUANACASTE.
GUANACASTE Free day
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Day 43 GUANACASTE.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

San JoseTortugueroArenalMonteverdeGuanacaste
Cariari Hotel San Jose
Superior First-Class



San Antonio De Belen, Heredia San Jose Costa Rica

This sustainable Costa Rica hotel is typical of San Jose colonial hacienda architecture and offers spacious, comfortable guestrooms and suites with the latest amenities. Enjoy total convenience in its location, personalized services, delicious cuisine, and facilities like the pool and fitness center. Let the friendly staff help you relax while catering to your needs and helping you see all that Costa Rica has to offer.
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