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    Scenic Costa Rica

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 3 1/4 hrs

    Don't miss the chance to see the diverse topography of Costa Rica! Travel through lush green rolling hills and flora filled valleys from Esparza to Orotina. Plenty of shopping stops along the way. ...
    Don't miss the chance to see the diverse topography of Costa Rica! Travel through lush green rolling hills and flora filled valleys from Esparza to Orotina. Plenty of shopping stops along the way. more...

    Your sightseeing drive through rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys, and riverbeds is just part of the gorgeous landscape that will make you think of paradise. Costa Rica’s topography is one of the world’s most diverse. You’ll start by heading east to Esparza, a town that has become one of the most picturesque in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region. The central park and its church are emblematic of Costa Rica’s hardworking rural towns.


    Local dancers in colorful dresses will greet you at the park and you’ll enjoy masquerades and handmade souvenir exhibitions while you learn about their traditions. Your scenic drive includes some stretches along the Pacific Ocean passing by mango and cashew plantations, farming areas and most certainly seeing some birds along the way, all examples of sustainable living. Take the opportunity to capture unique pictures, while traveling down to sea level, admiring the most breathtaking views.


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    • Adult from: A$85.53 AUD
    • Child from: A$53.95 AUD
    DURATION 3 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Highlights of San José

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 hrs

    Visit the must-see attractions in the capital of San Jose, including the ornate National Theater and museums dedicated to Pre-Columbian gold and jade. ...
    Visit the must-see attractions in the capital of San Jose, including the ornate National Theater and museums dedicated to Pre-Columbian gold and jade. more...

    Visit the must-see attractions in the capital of San Jose, including the ornate National Theater and museums dedicated to Pre-Columbian gold, numismatic, and archeology. After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive through lush inland valleys to the sprawling city of San Jose. Besides being Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose is the country’s cultural hub and the National Theater is among its most revered institutions.


    Constructed in the late 19th century, the neo-Classical theater emulates the Paris Opera House. As you tour the interior, you can’t help but notice the lavish furnishings and beautiful murals. The massive mural on the main ceiling, entitled “Allegory of Coffee and Bananas,” is the most famous and was once depicted on Costa Rica’s five colón currency.


    You will next visit the Gold Museum, which holds one of the most extensive collections of Pre-Columbian gold in the Americas with the earliest pieces dating to 500 BC. The treasures include a human-sized gold figure clad in gold ornaments, the first coin minted in Costa Rica, and a variety of amulets and jewelry.


    The tour continues to a private luncheon venue named Valle del Sol where you will enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by a natural and fresh environment.


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    • Adult from: A$196.05 AUD
    • Child from: A$130.26 AUD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Andalusian Horse Show & Countryside

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    A comfortable air conditioned bus ride passing a variety of landscapes including mango and watermelon farmlands, lush forests and mountain views will take you to the highlands of Alajuela Province where the hacienda is located. ...
    A comfortable air conditioned bus ride passing a variety of landscapes including mango and watermelon farmlands, lush forests and mountain views will take you to the highlands of Alajuela Province where the hacienda is located. more...

    A comfortable air conditioned bus ride passing a variety of landscapes including mango and watermelon farmlands, lush forests and mountain views will take you to the highlands of Alajuela Province where the hacienda is located.


    Rancho San Miguel is a school of high equestrian arts as they have been exhibiting horse fiestas for over 30 years and is famous throughout the Americas for their pure breed of Andalusian horses. Upon arrival to the ranch you will be greeted by a local expert who will introduce you to the equine world of mares and stallions.


    The show combines training of the magnificent Andalusian horses with the mastering ability of the riders, a group of talented young ladies in acts that require many months of hard team-work, training and discipline. You will see the mares and their offspring, the hacienda carriage, the stallion, the long pole and the “equestrian fantasy”, a synchronized choreography of the mares.


    Every act will be presented and explained by the expert while you also enjoy the sounds of the Spanish flamenco music in a spectacular amphitheater.


    Your last stop will be at El Jardin souvenir market in Orotina where you will have plenty opportunity to browse around the shop, sample their delicious fruits or taste a Costa Rican cup of coffee.


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    • Adult from: A$156.58 AUD
    • Child from: A$130.26 AUD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Sabana Adventure Safari

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 hrs

    Take an adventurous safari into the tropical savanna, where you will see a variety of indigenous and exotic animals before relaxing at a waterfall in the surrounding jungle. ...
    Take an adventurous safari into the tropical savanna, where you will see a variety of indigenous and exotic animals before relaxing at a waterfall in the surrounding jungle. more...

    Take an adventurous safari into the tropical savanna, where you will see a variety of indigenous and exotic animals before relaxing at a waterfall in the surrounding jungle.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely scenic drive into the lush Guanacaste Province. Near the regional capital of Liberia, known as the “White City” for its white-washed colonial architecture, you will enter Ponderosa Adventure Park.


    The sprawling wildlife park is home to hundreds of animals, all protected and many of them indigenous to Africa. It’s the ideal setting for an adventurous safari into the surrounding grassy savanna. To maximize your experience, you will ride in a vehicle open on the sides for panoramic viewing and be given carrots to feed some of the animals.


    You can expect to encounter giraffes, zebras, emus, ostriches and even camels. You can just imagine the thrill when a giraffe walks over, reaches down and gently plucks a carrot from your hand. You will see all sorts of other animals from a comfortable distance that allows you to view them completely undisturbed.


    More adventures await you as you board a 4-wheel-drive, military-style vehicle and ride into the jungle-like countryside. Here, you will La Perla waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Afterwards, you will enjoy a hearty, buffet-style lunch before returning to the pier.


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    • Adult from: A$196.05 AUD
    • Child from: A$156.58 AUD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Artisanal Craft Beer, Tasting & Lunch

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 6 hrs

    Emerge yourself and see first-hand how Costa Ricans have integrated their “Pura Vida” lifestyle into what has been considered one of the 100 best breweries in the world. ...
    Emerge yourself and see first-hand how Costa Ricans have integrated their “Pura Vida” lifestyle into what has been considered one of the 100 best breweries in the world. more...

    Emerge yourself and see first-hand how Costa Ricans have integrated their “Pura Vida” lifestyle into what has been considered one of the 100 best breweries in the world. See the process and learn how quality beer is developed. Above all enjoy a beer tasting session with these fine brews and complete your tour with a hearty lunch with food cooked and stewed in the beer itself. There is a short stop for shopping before you are returned to the ship.


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    • Adult from: A$143.42 AUD
    • Child from: A$143.42 AUD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Costa Rica Traditions & Culinary Delights

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 8 hrs

    Discover the complexities of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee at Café Britt, an esteemed plantation where you will sample coffees with different characteristics. ...
    Discover the complexities of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee at Café Britt, an esteemed plantation where you will sample coffees with different characteristics. more...

    Discover how coffee is processed at one of the country’s largest plantations and watch artisans hand-craft oxcarts, which have become a national symbol of Costa Rica. At the family-owned Doka Estate, you will observe the steps involved in producing premium coffee, including the use of the country’s oldest wet mill. The aroma of the roasting beans will whet your appetite for the coffee tasting and traditional lunch that follows. Deeper in the fertile Central Valley, you will find Sarchi, a town synonymous with fine arts and crafts, especially hand-painted oxcarts. Established in 1923, Eloy Alfaro remains the only factory in Costa Rica that still uses water-powered machinery to produce their iconic wooden oxcarts. The guide will elaborate on the production details and how traditional two-wheeled oxcarts were once used to transport crops and even as ambulances. The factory also created the world’s largest oxcart, an enormous two-ton version that you will behold in a nearby square.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • See the steps involved in producing premium coffee while touring a sprawling plantation.
    • Visit a factory that uses traditional means to make brightly painted wooden oxcarts.
    • Witness the pride Costa Ricans take in producing coffee and oxcarts in the Central Valley.
    • Savor a sampling of coffee and a hearty lunch of Costa Rican dishes.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: A$182.90 AUD
    • Child from: A$143.42 AUD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    The Original Zipline Adventure

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Pass through Puntarenas and along the coast, before heading inland into the coastal range of mountains. Your adventure begins at the first of nine observation platforms, and eight horizontal traverse cables connected between the immense trees of this tropical paradise. ...
    Pass through Puntarenas and along the coast, before heading inland into the coastal range of mountains. Your adventure begins at the first of nine observation platforms, and eight horizontal traverse cables connected between the immense trees of this tropical paradise. more...

    Board your guided air-conditioned transportation and pass through Puntarenas and its surrounding mangroves. Then, proceed southward along the coast past the port of Caldera and small fishing villages, such as Mata de Limon. Next, head inland into the coastal range of mountains passing by small farming communities such as Tivies and Ceiba. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see typical Costa Rican rural life. Along the way, you may encounter different species of birds as well as sugar cane, bananas, coffee, mangos and other crops that are often exported to North America and Europe. Continue traveling south until you reach the Tarcoles River, where sightings of very large crocodiles are frequent.


    This is where your Canopy Tour adventure will begin. Upon arrival, you’ll be geared up with the necessary equipment and briefed on safety instructions. You’ll be guided on a 15 to 20 minute walk through the tropical transition forest to the beginning of the tour. Once here, you’ll proceed to the first horizontal traverse cable. The original Canopy tour consists of nine observation platforms, and eight horizontal traverse cables connected between the immense trees of this tropical paradise. Your journey through the trees will take approximately one hour. Here, you may see deer, monkeys and a variety of birds including the endangered scarlet macaw, orchids, bromeliads and mahogany trees. At the end of the tour you'll receive a complimentary bottle of water. Other beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase once back at the reception area. After a few minutes of relaxation, you’ll board your bus for the return journey to the pier.


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    • Adult from: A$143.42 AUD
    • Child from: A$103.95 AUD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Aerial Tram & Zipline Adventure

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 8 hrs

    Experience the thrill of a zipline canopy tour without missing out on the Tropical forest’s rich wildlife. This innovative ‘Tranopy’ tour combines the in-depth forest view of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy tour. ...
    Experience the thrill of a zipline canopy tour without missing out on the Tropical forest’s rich wildlife. This innovative ‘Tranopy’ tour combines the in-depth forest view of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy tour. more...

    Experience the thrill of a zipline canopy tour without missing out on the Tropical forest’s rich wildlife. This innovative ‘Tranopy’ tour combines the in-depth forest view of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy tour. Your naturalist guide will accompany you to point out some of the secrets of the primary and secondary Tropical forest that surrounds you. Your Tranopy tour starts with a ride on the famous tram where you’ll experience all the different layers of the Tropical rainforest,from the floor up to the treetops.


    Silently glide through the colorful, complex beauty of the Tropical forest canopy. The 30 minute tram ride will bring you through the forest, over tumbling cascades and to the beginning of your canopy adventure. You’ll experience canopying though ten cables – five of which are over 200 meters long. To your right, you’ll find the dense Tropical forest, and to your left is an extensive view of the valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Over 1.5 kilometers of cables will take you through everything from the rich Tropical forest ecosystems to sweeping views high above the forest floor.


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    • Adult from: A$209.21 AUD
    • Child from: A$209.21 AUD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Aerial Tram, River Cruise & Lunch

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 8 hrs

    Enjoy the most exciting adventure in the natural wonderland of Costa Rica. Board the Pacific Tropical Forest Aerial Tram and literally fly through the forest canopy and take an exhilarating jungle cruise on the Tarcoles River. ...
    Enjoy the most exciting adventure in the natural wonderland of Costa Rica. Board the Pacific Tropical Forest Aerial Tram and literally fly through the forest canopy and take an exhilarating jungle cruise on the Tarcoles River. more...

    Enjoy the most exciting adventure in the natural wonderland of Costa Rica. Board the Pacific Tropical Forest Aerial Tram and literally fly through the forest canopy and take an exhilarating jungle cruise on the Tarcoles River.


    The Pacific Tropical Forest Aerial Tram is the only tour that provides a unique exploration of the canopy in the Transitional Tropical dry Forest on Costa Rica’s mid-Pacific coastline. Dry upland forest meets humid coastal dry forest with unique species colonizing the treetops and the canopy in this 222-acre eco-tourism park, dedicated to conservation.


    Embark on a gondola designed for 8 passengers and a bilingual naturalist guide to safely glide through a living backdrop of giant trees, hanging gardens and lush green landscapes. Panoramic ocean views and sightings of exotic flora and fauna will introduce you to this unique transitional dry forest.


    Your experience includes a guided walk through trails deep into the forest. A visit to the medicinal plant and Butterfly Garden will complement a fascinating winding tour past a snake, frogs and turtle’s exhibit.


    After your tram ride, enjoy a Costa Rican lunch at the park in a lush natural setting. You can also shop at the Congo shop where you can find a variety of local and handmade arts, crafts and designs as well as Costa Rican souvenirs before transferring to Tarcoles for a jungle river journey.


    Upon arrival at the Visitor Center you will board comfortable roof covered open boats to explore the world famous Tarcoles River. This river tour usually takes 2 hours. It will provide a great understanding of the life and death of the mangroves and swamps that constitute one of the most important ecosystems in Costa Rica. Noted for its mangrove forests the Tarcoles River is a wonderful and crucial habitat for hundreds of species and a wide variety of sea and shore birds as well as colonies of the largest crocodiles in Central America.


    During the tour, our naturalist guide will help you identify a great variety of birds and wildlife. This habitat is also vital for the preservation of the endangered Scarlet Macaw.


    Tour sequence may vary.


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    • Adult from: A$261.84 AUD
    • Child from: A$261.84 AUD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Aerial Tram & Rainforest Adventure

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 hrs

    Embark on an open-air gondola ride with a naturalist guide and safely glide through a living backdrop of giant trees, hanging gardens, waterfalls and lush green landscapes. ...
    Embark on an open-air gondola ride with a naturalist guide and safely glide through a living backdrop of giant trees, hanging gardens, waterfalls and lush green landscapes. more...

    Embark on an open-air gondola ride with a naturalist guide and safely glide through a living backdrop of giant trees, hanging gardens, waterfalls and lush green landscapes. Panoramic ocean views and common sightings of wildlife that thrive in the canopy will introduce you to this unique transitional forest. This is also one of the few areas in Costa Rica where you can occasionally see spectacular scarlet macaws majestically soaring above the treetops or sitting in one of the trees.


    To complete your Tropical experience, visit the Butterfly Garden,a medicinal plant Garden and Heliconias Gallery. You’ll also have a chance to pass through a snake exhibit set in the tropical rainforest. Enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to your ship.


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    • Adult from: A$209.21 AUD
    • Child from: A$138.16 AUD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Jungle & River Wagon Expedition

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Get immersed in an incredible adventure of the tropical rainforest environment just 60 minutes from Puntarenas. ...
    Get immersed in an incredible adventure of the tropical rainforest environment just 60 minutes from Puntarenas. more...

    Get immersed in an incredible adventure of the tropical rainforest environment just 60 minutes from Puntarenas. Travel through luscious landscapes crossing the crystal waters of Tarcolitos River several times on a tractor-drawn wagon while your tour guide acquaints you with this unforgettable rainforest experience at the Villalapas Private Reserve.


    As you ride, keep your camera ready and discover some curious inhabitants such as the colorful toucans, scarlet macaws, rare spiders whose cobwebs are compared to steel cables, lizards, howler and spider monkeys as well as exotic plants from ancient times.


    During this adventures journey, you will have some time at leisure to enjoy the sounds of the nature, take pictures or even dip into the clear waters of this beautiful river if weather allows. Continue to Santa Lucia, a unique little town.


    Newly constructed, architects were careful to use old building techniques and materials in order to show exactly how Costa Ricans lived in previous centuries. Here, you will be greeted with a tropical fruit buffet, and cold drinks that you enjoy as you wander around this small, old-style village.


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    • Adult from: A$156.58 AUD
    • Child from: A$130.26 AUD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Tarcoles River Eco-Cruise Adventure

    Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    A safari the Costa Rican way! Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you cruise through the Guacalillo Estuary. Along the way, you may also see macaws, iguanas and more. ...
    A safari the Costa Rican way! Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you cruise through the Guacalillo Estuary. Along the way, you may also see macaws, iguanas and more. more...

    This adventure tour takes place in the Guacalillo Estuary on the Tarcoles River that forms the northern border of the Carara Biological Reserve. It’s home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the world with individuals up to 20 feet long that can live up to 60 years. In addition to the crocodiles, over 50 different bird species might be seen on site. This estuary is famous for its mangrove forests and is one of the nesting sites of the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl, iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards.


    Your adventure begins with a one hour ride on coastal and countryside roads, passing small towns en route to the premises of the Jungle Crocodile Safari created by the veterinarian Mr. Mario Orjuela in 1993. Using catamaran-style boats, you’ll be able to observe these wild animals from a safe distance. A delicious tropical fruit buffet will be waiting for you at your return with tropical fruit drinks and coffee. Ample time for purchasing crafts made by local artisans will be given.


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    • Adult from: A$103.95 AUD
    • Child from: A$77.63 AUD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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*Prices vary by ship and sail date. See Terms & Conditions

NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.