SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Cultural Journey & Soul Food Delight

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 hrs

    Enjoy an enlightening tour of Puerto Limon as a prelude to a cultural performance and hands-on cooking class. The walking portion of the tour will begin at leafy Parque Vargas, a popular gathering place that overlooks the sea. Be sure to notice Uvita Island just offshore, as it is renowned as the spot where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502 on his fourth and final voyage to the New World. He is credited with naming Costa Rica, which is Spanish for “Rich Coast.” You will also pause to take in the sights at Playa Bonita, a beautiful stretch of sand nearby. A dance performance to live calypso music follows at the House of Culture, after which you will learn to prepare a few signature local dishes. Chances are, they will include a Costa Rican version of rice and beans, a beef-stuffed turnover and a sweet plantain tart. Later, you will snack on your tasty concoctions.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Minimum age to participate is 4 years of age
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Age
    • Snack
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    Aerial Tram & Rainforest Adventure

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 hrs

    Relax and enjoy your two hour drive to the rainforest and discover this private reserve that is connected to the 2nd largest national park in Costa Rica, Braulio Carrillo National Park. Experience the rainforest as never before! This fascinating open-air gondola ride will give you a bird's-eye view of the most interesting part of the rainforest – the canopy. Your aerial tram will take you into the heart of the rainforest.


    The rainforest canopy is teeming with wildlife. You’ll see towering trees, giant ferns, bursts of color and myriad wildlife form part of this natural hanging garden. Your expert naturalist guide will point out aspects of this captivating canopy that few human eyes ever see during your over one hour tram ride. After your ride, take an optional one hour guided walk through the rainforest, garnering a deeper appreciation from this perspective of this complex environment.


    Need to Know:

    Note: We recommend you wear light clothes, closed-toe shoes and bring raingear and insect repellent. Gondolas cannot accommodate participants in wheelchairs. A box lunch is included.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Caribbean Train, Boat & Rainforest Walk

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 hrs

    Limon was originally founded as a city to ship bananas to Europe and North America, it is prized for its vibrant Caribbean culture, stunning scenery and intricate waterway systems.


    Join us as we explore the region and learn about its history, culture and heritage; drive past quaint villages and fertile plantations on the way to the Pachira Lodge dock where you’ll embark on a cruise to the peaceful Tortuguero Canals a network of natural and man-made waterways; As you cruise the canal in your covered boat, keep your eyes open as you might be able to spot wildlife, such as sloths, howler monkeys, crocodiles and many waterfowl species, participate in a guided walk through the tropical rain forest using a network of above-ground cemented pathways. At the dock, you’ll be served a seasonal fruit buffet and tropical refreshments. Afterwards, re-board your transportation for the short drive to the train stop where you’ll depart on an open-air train that made its first trip in 1950 and gave birth to the banana industry. Upon arrival at the stop, you will re-board your transportation and head back to the ship via a scenic coastal road.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Tour sequence may vary, we suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a camera/binocular, insect repellent and rain gear. Please remember that the walking part of the tour is done outside, bring a raincoat in case there is rain present, wildlife sightings might be common but they cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Age
    • Snack
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    Veragua Rainforest & Tortuguero Canals

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 hrs

    This eco-adventure will take you to the 3,400 acre Veragua Rainforest mountain reserve for a gondola ride up through the canopy, then cruise the Tortuguero Canals. Upon arrival at Veragua, you’ll be met by your guide who will lead you through this site of incredible natural beauty. You’ll visit the fascinating world of frogs and insect displays. Take a stroll through the butterfly garden which houses some of the most colorful butterflies in the world!. Board a state-of-the-art aerial gondola for ride through the canopy to the river area below. Take a short walk along the elevated wooden trails and a quick gondola ride back up through the canopy.


    A typical lunch will be served and you’ll have time to browse a selection of local handicrafts. Continue with a scenic ride on the way to the pier and board your boat for your cruise along the peaceful Tortuguero Canals. They provide shelter to an abundance of wildlife so keep an eye out and your camera handy. After your river cruise, enjoy fresh fruits, juice and coffee, before returning to Puerto Limon.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 3 years of age and be in good physical condition for walking and standing. You’ll have the option of taking the waterfall trail with 350 steps. This tour is not for guests with disabilities, back, neck or shoulder problems, heart condition, prone to seizures or vertigo or pregnant women. Overweight customers that have walking difficulties and shortness of breath should consider their fitness before taking this tour. Bring raingear, insect repellent, a camera and/or binoculars and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Wildlife sightings are common, but are not guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $189.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Meal
    • Snack
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    Panoramic Bus Tour

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 3 hrs

    A professional naturalist certified guide will introduce you to the most important aspects of the Afro-Caribbean Culture of Costa Rica, and show you the rich wildlife of this fascinating region.


    During this tour you will visit: • Moin Lookout point, where the guide will explain the details of the economy of Costa Rica.
    • Banana Plantations, from outside the guide will provide you the facts about this fruit, including the crop, harvesting, processing, packing and exportation.
    • Bananito Town, where you will see how the people that works at the banana plantations live.
    • Fruit Market, you will have the opportunity to visit a small fruit market.


    Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Puerto Limon coastline during the bus drive back to the pier.


    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
    • Accessibility
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    Birds & Nature at Bocuare Jungle Haven

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Experience scenic Costa Rica while touring a rainforest in the Estrella Valley and enjoy a visit to Bocuare Jungle for lunch and a swim. A scenic drive will take you past quaint towns and plantations en route to the rainforest. Join a guided hike to explore this unique ecosystem, cross a lagoon on a hanging bridge, view plantations and other stunning flora. Over 115 different bird species have been spotted here.


    You’ll visit the site of an old sugar mill and learn how sugar cane is processed, help in the extraction and sample the sweet results. Board a tractor-pulled wagon to Bocuare and upon arrival you can take a swim or lounge by the pool, enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch, and browse for souvenirs before returning to the port.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 3 years of age and be in good physical condition. Tour involves stand for periods of time, walking down the lagoon crossing, hanging bridges and steps. This tour is not for guests with disabilities, back, neck or shoulder problems, heart condition, prone to seizures or vertigo or pregnant women. Overweight customers that have walking difficulties and shortness of breath should consider their fitness before taking this tour. Bring raingear, insect repellent, a camera and/or binoculars and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Wildlife sightings are common, but are not guaranteed. Bring a towel and a swimsuit if you would like to enjoy the swimming pool.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Meal
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    Golden Bean Coffee, Scenic Drive & Lunch

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    See how coffee is grown and harvested through sustainable farming at a premium coffee estate, and then enjoy lunch at a small hotel with a charming colonial ambiance.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a meandering drive into the beautiful interior of Costa Rica. In the shadow of two national parks, you will find Golden Bean Coffee Tour, an estate that has been growing and harvesting coffee for nearly a century.


    Here, you will watch the process firsthand and step by step. The cherries or fruit of the coffee trees is hand-picked, fermented, dried, husking and graded, all before being roasted. You will also observe this latter process, one of the key steps that imparts flavor.


    The resulting beans are Universal Trade Zone-certified, a distinction given only to products grown with sustainable farming techniques. It is a difference that you can taste, as you will discover over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The guide will also offer tips on how to maximize the flavor of the coffee that you brew at home.


    Golden Bean Coffee Tour is located in one of Costa Rica’s eight coffee regions, each with its own microclimate. Some of the coffees are chocolaty, others fruity and still others impart complex citrus flavors.


    Following your immersion into the world of coffee, you will continue on to the exclusive boutique hotel Casa Turire for lunch. Afterwards, you will be free to stroll the hotel grounds.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellent and sun screen. There are 45 steps going down at the coffee processing venue.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Wildlife Rescue Center, Coastal Scenic Drive & Lunch

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 5 hrs

    Drive along the immensely scenic coast of the Limón Province to a rescue center that rehabilitates injured, orphaned and ailing animals from throughout Costa Rica. As you will discover while touring the facility, its goal is to provide a temporary home to indigenous creatures until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. You can expect to watch the veterinarians and caregivers feeding the animals and administering medicine, all in hopes of giving them the best chance of survival. Although the types of animals are constantly changing, chances are, you will see sloths, monkeys, anteaters and birds, including hawks, parrots and toucans. Many of the animals are injured when they inadvertently touch electrical lines, so a substantial percentage of the donations are used to fund insulating the wires. It will be heartwarming to see the wildlife in various stages of rehabilitation and hear how other animals were successfully re-introduced into their natural habitats.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking on unpaved and uneven trails. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate, light clothing is suggested, and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are mandatory. No flash is allowed at Wildlife Rescue Center, as it disturbs the animals.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Wildlife Immersion Exploration & Kayak Adventure

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Explore Costa Rica’s indigenous flora and fauna on an enlightening walk through Cahuita National Park and then kayak along the beach-rimmed coast nearby. The park is one of the world’s most bio-diverse natural areas and is considered a national monument. While walking one of its meandering trails, the naturalist guide will point out the highlights and provide insightful commentary on the extraordinary variety of plants and animals. Exotic-looking orchids, brightly colored lizards, spindly capuchin monkeys and tropical birds such as fiery-billed aracaris are abundant, so keep your eyes peeled. For a different perspective of the natural world, you will kayak along the shores of Punta Uva, a laid-back, beach-blessed town surrounded by a protected reef. The waters are typically calm, especially as you paddle up a river into an adjacent rainforest full of wildlife. Time will also be allotted for you to explore the coastal town of Puerto Viejo, where you will have free time for shopping and lunch on your own.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking on flat and paved surfaces, as well as some walking on sand during the kayak portion of the tour. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes, water shoes, a towel, suntan lotion, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses are suggested.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Jungle Kayak Adventure & Nature Walk

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 6 hrs

    Enjoy a mostly coastal drive south to lovely Punta Uva Beach for a kayaking adventure along the river that meanders through the surrounding rainforest. After a brief orientation to help you maximize the experience, you will paddle the kayak upstream as the guide provides commentary. The calm waters make for easy paddling and the heavily vegetated riverbanks offer excellent opportunities to view indigenous wildlife. The animals feel safe in this serene setting and are typically out in the open, so keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths and tropical birds. The beach at Punta Uva is also wonderfully tranquil and you will have time to enjoy the laid-back ambiance. Feel free to bask in the sun, stroll along the shore, take a refreshing swim and do most anything else that suits you. For the ultimate view, just take a short hike to Grape Point, which is named for the abundant sea grapes there.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive along the coast to Punta Uva Beach.
    • Look for indigenous wildlife while kayaking a serene river in the surrounding rainforest.
    • Relax on beautiful Punta Uva Beach and hike to the lookout, if you wish.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Bring a swimsuit, sunscreen and towel.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Bring a change of clothes, towel, water shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. A wWaiver must be read and signed by all participants. Minimum age: 12, accompanied by an adult. Minimum weight: 99 pounds. Maximum weight: 235 pounds.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Scenic White Water Rafting

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Raft down one of the world’s most celebrated white-water rivers as it winds through a dense rainforest teeming with wildlife, especially birds. After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a scenic drive into Costa Rica’s interior north of Limon, where the Reventazon River winds through the primordial rainforest on its way to the Caribbean Sea. The river is one of the world’s top sites for easy white-water rafting and is incredibly scenic, especially in the section that you will raft.


    Following a brief orientation, you will embark the raft and head downstream with the current. You will raft through Class I and Class II rapids, which are considered moderate. The expert guide will instruct you on when to paddle, so you can skillfully maneuver around the river rocks and maximize your experience on the water.


    You can expect it to be an exhilarating adventure as you race down the rapids and glide through the calm pools between the rapids. Be sure to scan the jungle for animals during these breaks from the stronger rapids. Chances are, you will spot monkeys in the trees and all sorts of birds, including toucans, herons, and black-cheeked woodpeckers.


    After this exciting adventure, a delicious snack will be waiting for you at the welcome center, where you can relax and regain your energy before returning to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate for them. Bring a change of clothes, towel, water shoes & sunscreen. A waiver must be read and signed by all participants. Minimum age: 12, accompanied by an adult. Minimum weight: 99 pounds. Maximum weight: 235 pounds.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Rainforest Walks, Tortuguero Canal Cruise & Countryside

    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

    Duration 4 hrs

    Many consider Limón to be a magical place and with its lush rainforest and amazing vistas. Join us as we explore the region and learn about its history and people; take a pleasant stroll through the tropical rain forest and cruise the Tortuguero Canals in this half day excursion.


    Travel in air-conditioned comfort as your guide points out places of interest around the city that retain its old roots. Limón was originally founded as a city to ship bananas to Europe and North America. As you drive past quaint villages and fertile plantations, you will enjoy a walk through the rainforest using cemented walkways. As you saunter along keep your eyes open (and camera ready!) for wildlife that might peek out, such as monkeys and other creatures that call this paradise home.


    Next, board an open-air covered boat for a journey along the peaceful Tortuguero Canals, also known as the Caribbean version of the Amazon. Your boat ride offers one of the most exuberant landscapes in Costa Rica, with a rich biological diversity and more than 400 species of trees, 2,000 species of other plants and 60 species of amphibians. Birds common along the canals which you may see include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers and jacanas. Once you arrive at the restaurant facilities, enjoy delicious tropical fruits and natural refreshments. You'll have time to stop by the family gift shop for souvenirs before boarding your transportation for a city tour around Limon, before heading back to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age and be in good physical condition for walking and standing. Bring rain gear, insect repellent, a camera and/or binoculars and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Wildlife sightings are common, but are not guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Snack

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Printed on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 08:31pm