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From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

1. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

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Puerto Limon: Cahuita Park and Tortuguero Canal

2. Puerto Limon: Cahuita Park and Tortuguero Canal

Embark on a combination walking and boat tour for cruise ship passengers arriving at Puerto Limon. Visit Cahuita National Park and take a boat ride on the Tortuguero Canal. The tour begins at port, where you'll hop on an air-conditioned motor coach for a drive along scenic roads. Pass quaint villages on your way to Moin, where the Tortuguero Canal begins. Known as Costa Rica's Amazon because of its surrounding rain forest, the Tortuguero Canal region is rich with exotic flora and fauna. Board your covered boat for a leisurely cruise through the jungle canals. Listen as your guide explains the rainforest ecosystem and points out sights of interest. Keep an eye out for wildlife including howler monkeys, bats, aquatic birds, and crocodiles, as well as exotic flora. At the end of your cruise, board your waiting transportation for the transfer to Cahuita National Park, where an interesting nature walk and visit to the rainforest awaits you. 123 species of fish have been listed here, along with a variety of corals and other invertebrates. Enjoy the rich biodiversity of Cahuita on a flat and shady trail that runs along the shoreline. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, frogs, and many other species are very common to see during this tour. After the nature walk, enjoy the local bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy a Caribbean dish or taste the most famous local beer, Imperial. On the way back to the pier, enjoy a short souvenir stop.

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Puerto Limon: Highlights Shore Excursion with Cahuita Park

3. Puerto Limon: Highlights Shore Excursion with Cahuita Park

Enjoy a day around Puerto Limon and experience the best of what the city and its surroundings have to offer. Explore the natural beauty of Cahuita National Park with plenty of opportunities for sightings of monkeys and sloths. Visit a local banana plantation. Cruise along the Tortuguero Canal on a 1-hour boat tour before discovering the city itself. After disembarking from your cruise ship, get picked up from the pier. Then, travel 1 hour to explore the trails at Cahuita National Park. Discover here the beautiful rainforest with abundant wildlife including white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, raccoons, and more. The park also has a beautiful white sand beach and is famous for its coral reef formations. After a walk in nature, continue the tour with a visit to a banana plantation, where your guide will explain many important aspects of this crop. Costa Rica is the second-largest exporter of bananas worldwide and most of the plantations are located in the Limon Province. Learn about the plant, the production, harvesting, packing, and exportation of this famous tropical fruit. Along the way you make a stop at a local souvenir store where you will be able to find special gifts or get some delicious Costa Rican coffee. Enjoy a scenic coastal drive on the way to your next destination: Tortuguero Canal. Embark the covered motor-launch and head out on a relaxing 1-hour cruise along the canal. Enjoy the stunning natural views and spot an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat such as sloths, monkeys, aquatic birds, and caimans.  Before returning back to the pier, take a panoramic bus tour of Puerto Limon and learn about the city's history, culture, and traditions.

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Puerto Limon: Zipline Canopy & Tortuguero Canals Boat Tour

4. Puerto Limon: Zipline Canopy & Tortuguero Canals Boat Tour

After disembarking from your cruise ship, you will be picked up from the pier. Then, head to a jungle biological reserve for an orientation and safety briefing with the expert guides. You will then glide through the treetops using 9 zip-line cables and 12 platforms stretched across the rain forest. The longest cable is 270 m long and you will experience heights up to 80 m. Enjoy the thrill of the wind in your face as you soar through the rain forest witnessing some of the most spectacular views. The platforms are arranged at different heights. Up to platform 5, all cables are of a similar length, however after this platform, the cables become longer and are perfect for adrenaline seekers. Those people who would like to give up and return to the lodge may do so.  Then, explore the Tortuguero Canals on a 1-hour boat tour. Known as Costa Rica’s Amazon because of its surrounding rain forest, the Tortuguero Canal region is rich with exotic flora and fauna. Board your covered boat for a leisurely cruise through the canals. Your guide will explain all about the rainforest eco-system and points of interest. Keep an eye out for wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, bats, aquatic birds, iguanas and crocodiles.

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Port Limon: Tortuguero Canal and Banana Plantation Tour

5. Port Limon: Tortuguero Canal and Banana Plantation Tour

Enjoy a cruise through the Tortuguero Canals, explore a banana plantation, and drive through local villages on this Port Limon adventure. Meet your guide at the Port Limon and enjoy a short scenic drive through small villages to the famous Tortuguero Canals. There, board a covered boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise through the beautiful jungle canals. Learn about the complex ecosystem of the local rainforest from your guide. Spot wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats, and crocodiles and see stunning exotic flora. After the boat ride, enjoy a snack of fresh tropical fruits before boarding your van. Explore a Del Monte banana plantation and learn how they harvest, process, pack, and export this national crop. Return to your cruise ship with a deeper understanding of Port Limon and this beautiful country.

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Puerto Limon: Sloth Lovers Shore Excursion at Cahuita Park

6. Puerto Limon: Sloth Lovers Shore Excursion at Cahuita Park

After disembarking from your cruise ship, you'll be picked up from the pier. Then, travel for one hour to Cahuita National Park. On the way, your guide will point out many sights of interest along the way. Upon arrival at Cahuita National Park, start the search for sloths living in their natural habitat. Learn about their natural history, behavior and many other interesting facts about this unique animal.  Discover the beautiful rainforest, with abundant wildlife including white-faced capuchin monkeys, iguanas, toucans, raccoons, and more. The park also has a beautiful white sand beach and is famous for its coral reef formations. Next, it's time to go to your next destination, the Tortuguero Canal. Board a boat and head out on a relaxing one-hour cruise along the canal. You will be able to see more sloths as they love to live close to the river.  Enjoy the stunning natural views and spot an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat such as monkeys, aquatic birds, and caimans. Then return to Puerto Limon cruise pier, where you will be dropped off to board your cruise ship.

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