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    Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    This combination excursion gives you the opportunity to ride a historical train that has been in service for more than 50 years and participate on a scenic ride through rural countryside and tropical fields. ...
    This combination excursion gives you the opportunity to ride a historical train that has been in service for more than 50 years and participate on a scenic ride through rural countryside and tropical fields. more...

    This combination excursion gives you the opportunity to ride a historical train that has been in service for more than 50 years and participate on a scenic ride through rural countryside and tropical fields. Afterwards, board your motorcoach en route to the Tarcoles River where you’ll go on a boat and explore the spectacular natural scenery this river has to offer.


    The river and mangroves attract many types of bird wildlife such as toucans, spoonbills, herons, egrets, jacanas, pelicans, scarlet macaws, iguanas and crocodiles. Upon your return enjoy some live marimba melodies and enjoy a delicious buffet of seasonal fruits and tropical refreshments. Enough time will be provided to select crafts made by local artisans before returning to your ship.


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    • Adult from: $141.43 NZD
    • Child from: $98.57 NZD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Scenic Costa Rica

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 3 1/4 hrs

    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. ...
    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. 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: $92.86 NZD
    • Child from: $58.57 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    Available languages:
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    Aerial Tram, River Cruise & Lunch

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 7 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: $284.29 NZD
    • Child from: $284.29 NZD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Sabana Adventure Safari

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Take an adventurous safari into the tropical savanna, where you will see a variety of indigenous and exotic animals before relaxing at two waterfalls 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 two waterfalls 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 two waterfalls 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 find two waterfalls—La Perla and La Vieja—where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and even walk along a bridge behind one of the cascades. Afterwards, you will enjoy a hearty, buffet-style lunch before returning to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $212.86 NZD
    • Child from: $170.00 NZD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Andalusian Horse Show & Countryside

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 5 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: $170.00 NZD
    • Child from: $141.43 NZD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    San Jose, National Theater, Sarchi & Lunch

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Discover the wonders of San Jose on this full day adventure on this guided motorcoach tour in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city, San Jose. ...
    Discover the wonders of San Jose on this full day adventure on this guided motorcoach tour in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city, San Jose. more...

    Discover the wonders of San Jose on this full day adventure on this guided motorcoach tour in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city, San Jose. Visit the famed National Theater which was constructed in the late 19th century. The front of the theatre features statues of Calderón de la Barca and Ludwig van Beethoven. There are several monuments by the entry walkway including Frédéric Chopin. The inside features the mural Allegory of Coffee and Bananas by Milanese artist Aleardo Villa, which is featured on the five colón bill.


    Venture to the artist colony of Sarchi. This town offers more than 200 stores and small family-operated woodworking factories producing wooden bowls and other tableware, and a wide variety of kitschy items. The most popular items on sale are "carretas", elaborately painted oxcarts that traditionally carried coffee from the highlands down to the port on the Pacific coast. Lunch at a local restaurant completes your exciting day.


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    • Adult from: $155.71 NZD
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    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Tortuga Island & Beach Break

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 8 hrs

    After a short drive from the Puntarenas pier enjoy a 90 minute boat ride through the beautiful and small charming islands that adorn the Gulf of Nicoya. ...
    After a short drive from the Puntarenas pier enjoy a 90 minute boat ride through the beautiful and small charming islands that adorn the Gulf of Nicoya. more...

    After a short drive from the Puntarenas pier enjoy a 90 minute boat ride through the beautiful and small charming islands that adorn the Gulf of Nicoya. In the Gulf of Nicoya, there is a heavenly archipelago of several islands with lush natural beauty and a sanctuary that is home to seabirds, white sandy beaches and the flora and fauna of our Central Pacific region. Tortuga Island is located in this beautiful archipelago. Situated 12 nautical miles from Puntarenas, Tortuga Island (called by local indigenous people “Tolinga”) has an area of 120 hectares and is maintained as a protected forest which has been awarded the Ecological Blue Flag for more than five years. This distinction is awarded to beaches in our country that have pollution-free waters. Due to its geographical features, Tortuga Island’s waters are clear turquoise, which are optimal for swimming.


    A delicious lunch will be waiting for you. Explore the island and enjoy the beach, relax or play beach volleyball. Optional activities such as snorkeling and banana boat rides are available at an extra cost.


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    • Adult from: $298.57 NZD
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    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Artisanal Craft Beer, Tasting & Lunch

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), 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: $155.71 NZD
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    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Jungle & River Wagon Expedition

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 4 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: $170.00 NZD
    • Child from: $141.43 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Botanical Gardens Pura Vida

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 5 hrs

    Take a scenic drive to the tropical forest area of Bijagual, which is located near the boundaries of the Carara Biological Reserve. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Pura Vida Botanical Gardens, one of the most spectacular private gardens in Costa Rica. ...
    Take a scenic drive to the tropical forest area of Bijagual, which is located near the boundaries of the Carara Biological Reserve. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Pura Vida Botanical Gardens, one of the most spectacular private gardens in Costa Rica. more...

    Take a scenic drive to the tropical forest area of Bijagual, which is located near the boundaries of the Carara Biological Reserve. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Pura Vida Botanical Gardens, one of the most spectacular private gardens in Costa Rica. See beautifully manicured gardens noticing that they are also bordered by one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Pura Vida is home to over 60,000 flowering plants, including 60 varieties of heliconia, 10 varieties of ginger, and orchids. Look for butterflies, macaws, parrots, parakeets, toucans, kingfishers, birds of prey, and waterfowl.


    During the 1 1/2 hour guided walk along gravel trails, your guide will help you explore this incredible wonderland. Take in the ocean views in the distance as you meander through the walkways and see some wildlife. After your walk concludes, fresh tropical fruits will be served to replenish your energy. Weather permitting, a quick stop will also made at the Tarcoles River for crocodile observation. Your last stop will be 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 Rica cup of coffee.


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    • Adult from: $155.71 NZD
    • Child from: $112.86 NZD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Tarcoles River Eco-Cruise Adventure

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    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. ...
    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. 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: $112.86 NZD
    • Child from: $84.29 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Forest Sky Walk & Shopping

    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    The Sky Walk trails and suspended cable bridges will show you the wonders of the tropical forest. Located around national parks and protected lands, more than 80 species of birds have been identified as well as mammals such as the Kinkajou, Agoutis, Coatis and more. ...
    The Sky Walk trails and suspended cable bridges will show you the wonders of the tropical forest. Located around national parks and protected lands, more than 80 species of birds have been identified as well as mammals such as the Kinkajou, Agoutis, Coatis and more. more...

    The Sky Walk trails and suspended cable bridges will show you the wonders of the tropical forest. Located around national parks and protected lands, more than 80 species of birds have been identified as well as mammals such as the Kinkajou, Agoutis, Coatis and more. Your one hour downhill walk will offer you breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline, as well as its vegetation and waterways.


    Board your coach to visit El Jardin, enjoy some fruit and water to replenish your energy here and you’ll be able to shop souvenirs in the well-stocked shop, before heading back to your ship.


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    • Adult from: $107.14 NZD
    • Child from: $78.57 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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.