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Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,795 per person
Capuchin monkeys in tree, Costa Rica

Countries Visited

Costa Rica ...more Costa Rica

Locations Visited

San Jose (Costa Rica), Tortuguero, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal, Manuel Antonio ...more San Jose (Costa Rica), Tortuguero, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal, Manuel Antonio
  1. Day 1 Arrive San José

    Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. Leave your gringo boots at the door and embrace the Pura Vida playground of Costa Rica. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Chill at the pool or go walkabout before meeting your Travel Director and fellow adventurers this evening for some fiesta fun at our Kick-Off Party.

    meals Kick-Off Party
    hotel Sheraton San Jose
  2. Day 2 San José – Tortuguero National Park (2 Nights)

    Rise this morning and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the turtles that nest in Tortuguero. This evening, we enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. Day 3 Tortuguero Sightseeing

    There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a 'Family Fun' cruise through the park's canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), choose to join an optional experience night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí – Arenal National Park (2 Nights)

    Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll 'Dive into Culture' and visit a local Tico family's palm plantation to learn how they grow this exotic vegetable. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you'll 'Make a Difference' during your visit to the Snake Garden Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates animals that can no longer live in the wild. This evening, enjoy a pizza party in an open-air kitchen where you can make your own pizza.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  5. Day 5 Arenal National Park Sightseeing

    Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio (2 Nights)

    Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you zipline (Waiver Required) through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures for some 'Family Fun'. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio, renowned for its warm blue waters, beautiful beaches and abundant exotic wildlife.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Parador Resort and Spa
  7. Day 7 Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing

    Walking deep into the national park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or choose an optional Mangrove Kayak tour^ or Open Sea Kayak and Snorkel tour^ where you may see various bird species, reptiles, anteaters and white-faced monkeys. This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San Jose

    Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or consider extending your stay at the Sheraton San Jose.

    meals Breakfast
Monkeys Jungles and Volcanoes
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VISIT Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife centre near Sarapiquí, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
  • CRUISE the canals of Tortuguero National Park

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Arenal Natura Ecological Park

At this wonderful park, you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $50

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline, watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $65

Manuel Antonio National Park

Catamaran And Snorkeling Adventure

Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard the catamaran throughout the trip. After exploring the coastline, your captain will drop anchor in a secluded bay where there will be time to snorkel. Be on the lookout for parrotfish, angelfish, starfish and maybe even a friendly dolphin. Total duration is approximately 6 hours. Available late Nov to mid-April.
Adult Price: $89

Damas Island Estuary Boat Trip

Explore the Costa Rican mangrove ecosystem on a comfortable boat gliding along the water while birdwatching and admiring the verdant flora of the area. Wind through this natural sanctuary made up of canals and natural tunnels as your experienced guide points out flora and fauna along the way as you keep an eye out for reptiles, anteaters and monkeys. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of Herons, Kingfishers, Ospreys, Frigate birds and more. Gratuity Included (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $72

Kayak Tour

Option #1 Damas Island Mangroves: Gently row along the soft currents under a verdant forest canopy, to explore the wonders of the unique Costa Rican mangrove ecosystem. Kayak through natural canals and keep your eyes wide open to spot a variety of bird species, reptiles, anteaters and white-faced monkeys. Option #2 Open Sea: Kayak and snorkel exploring marine wildlife during this exciting excursion departing from the pier in Quepos. Paddle your kayak for a little over an hour navigating past tiny islands and observing marine birds and their nesting grounds, Biesanz Bay, a hidden beautiful inlet where you can rest, enjoy a snack and snorkel. Gratuity Included (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $72

Independent Reviews
Cynthia Selby
Friday, March 2, 2018
This is my 12th time travelling with Grand European Travel. All my previous trips have been with adults. I was surprised that there were so many families with children on this trip. This particular departure date was not my first choice and the travel agent did not mention that this trip would have lots of families. I would have selected a different departure date without children if I would have known. The itinerary, hotels and tour guide were excellent. And 3 of the families were fine - there were unfortunately 2 families with very loud and obnoxious kids (and adults that spent most of their time at the bar drinking). I'll be sure to ask about families on my next trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were caught by surprise by the mix of guests on this trip.  Since this trip is operated by our partner Trafalgar Tours, there are many different booking offices involved, not just GET.  But we will be sure to find a better fit for you on your next trip.  Thank you for your continued business.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Great itinerary, hotels and tour guide.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 7, 2016
The trip was great. Kids were welcomed and enjoyed the hotels and excursions.
Trusted Customer
Friday, March 27, 2015
This is our 2nd tour with GET,Italy and C.R. Arangements met our expections. The tour guides,Jorge and Erik were fantastic...The buse driver,Geovani, handled the bus like a mini car. He backed in to spots it would take me 3 hours. He drove the narrow streets like threading a needle. He was fantastic.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate the repeat business and so happy that you enjoyed your Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanos Vacation. Dee-Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
We saw the volcanoes from all sides. The jungles filled with flora were beautiful, Unfortunately we didn't see too many monkeys nor birds.Blame mother nature. Weather wise was perfect. Clear skies, very little rain. Food was great in hotels and in between. Thank you.
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