Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes

Capuchin Monkeys
8 Days from $1,598 per person

The sights and sounds of the jungle are joined by the calm of thermal mineral pools, volcanic walks and white sandy beaches on this family adventure.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting volunteers who strive to protect the sea turtles that nest in Tortuguero National Park; hearing how the turtles can weigh up to 1,100 pounds and that a female can lay more than 100 eggs at one time. And it's seeing the excitement on your family's faces as they fly between trees on a zip line, adding to the squeals and shrieks of the jungle.

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  1. Pura vida, bienvenidos a Costa Rica. You're going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party.
    hotel:InterContinental Costa Rica
  2. Rise with the roosters 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. The afternoon is yours—hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the local students (when school is in session). Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.
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    hotel:Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a 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 colorful 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), join an optional 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.
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  4. Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family's palm plantation. Gain a Cultural Insight into growing this exotic vegetable and the family that grows it. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue traveling to quaint Sarapiquí where you'll visit a wildlife center for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists who rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild.
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    hotel:Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  5. Rise and shine as the forest and volcano are calling. 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 within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day at a dinner with your traveling companions.
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  6. Get ready to have a blast. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along zip lines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Zip lining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night.
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    hotel:Parador Resort and Spa
  7. 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 at the resort's pool, or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkeling, perhaps see dolphins, parrotfish or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
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  8. Travel back to San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the InterContinental Costa Rica.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Discover all there is to know about delicate hearts of palm at a Tico family palm plantation.

Local Specialist

  • Learn about nesting sea turtles in Tortuguero (seasonal).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife center for amphibians and reptiles near Sarapiquí, Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Parks
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
12 Feb 17 19 Feb 17 checkmark $1,775$1,598pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,775 $1,598 pp
19 Feb 17 26 Feb 17 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
5 Mar 17 12 Mar 17 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
11 Mar 17 18 Mar 17 checkmark $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
17 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
24 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
15 Jul 17 22 Jul 17 checkmark $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
22 Jul 17 29 Jul 17 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
5 Aug 17 12 Aug 17 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
12 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,850 $1,665 pp
11 Nov 17 18 Nov 17 $1,795$1,616pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,795 $1,616 pp
16 Dec 17 23 Dec 17 $2,075$1,868pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,075 $1,868 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestive Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebration for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $575.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Arenal hotel.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here 

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Costa Rica.

  • The currency in Costa Rica is the colón.  You’ll usually find the best exchange rates in your destination and can pay with your debit or credit card in many places.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Costa Rica. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat.  Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).

  • Costa Rica has an enjoyable climate with sunshine throughout the year. We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Sunday, August 7, 2016
Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes Vacation
The trip was great. Kids were welcomed and enjoyed the hotels and excursions.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes Vacation
Service rating : 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.
Product : 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.
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
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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