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About Limon

Limon is your gateway to some of the most extraordinary experiences imaginable. Like the Rainforest Aerial Tram ride through the canopy of a 1,000-acre nature reserve next to a national park. On a jungle boat trip you can travel silently through the network of jungle canals and enjoy the chance to see what a rainforest life is like at ground level.

In another part of the forest, you can even travel through the canopy Tarzan-style (except in slow-motion) on a series of horizontal traverse cables. Multi-coloured butterflies and birds fly by while you absorb the atmosphere of this living, breathing forest. You may see some monkeys but that is more likely on the Tortuguero Canals, another national park - one created to protect the green turtle (Tortuguero).

Nearly a quarter of Costa Rica is national parks as the country boasts 8,000 species of plants, 859 species of birds and 10% of the worlds butterflies.

 

Shore excursions in Limon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Rainforest Aerial Tram

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7¾ hours

The Rainforest Aerial Tram is a unique eco-tourism and research facility, making this a truly fascinating trip.

Enjoy an enchanting trip through the rainforest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals, hidden at the tops of tall trees. Home to two thirds of the rainforest species, the canopy is a little-known world of tremendous beauty. The tram ride lasts for approximately 1¼ hours, including stops along the way. Afterwards, take an optional walk through the rainforest with your experienced guide, before a Costa Rican lunch is served at the Rainforest Café.

The Rainforest Aerial Tram is 1.5 hours drive from Limon. En route, you’ll enjoy some wonderful scenery as you travel by the boundaries of the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and aerial tram. Passengers must be able to negotiate the few steps onto and off the coaches and trams. Optional walking is over rough ground and uneven pathways. Please wear light clothing and take a waterproof jacket, insect repellent and flat, comfortable, non-slip shoes. Lunch times may vary depending on the tour departure time. Queues for the trams are to be expected. Each tram holds 6 passengers and one guide. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Animal Rescue Centre and Botanical Gardens

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

A unique opportunity to meet the weird and wonderful wildlife at the Animal Rescue Centre at Cahuita National Park.

The Animal Rescue Centre protects and rehabilitates displaced wildlife and provides a safe haven to animals that need refuge due to the loss of their habitat, accidents or are victims of pet trade or hunting.

Many of the animals are nursed back to health and released into their natural habitat once again. The Centre provides the most natural habitat possible for the resident animals, including sloths, iguanas, monkeys and deer.

The gardens are spread across approximately 10 acres of rainforest. There are an abundance of palms, heleconias and bromeliads and located in the Talamanca area, you’ll find many indigenous plants. Enjoy an informative self-guided walk along a trail and look out for a variety of spices such as vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon. In addition you’ll see we have papayas, bananas, cacaos and pineapples.

After this interesting tour of the rescue centre and its trails, you’ll enjoy complimentary soft drinks and tropical fruits before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour. Please wear light clothing, walking shoes and take along a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Flash photography is not permitted. The sightings of wildlife in their natural rainforest habitat cannot be guaranteed. Donations to the rescue centre are always welcome.

Caribbean Cacao Experience

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Immerse yourself in the real Caribbean Culture and history of Costa Rica and learn the art of chocolate making.

Your journey begins with a 40 minute air-conditioned coach journey to the Hone Creek District of Cahuita National Park.

Upon arrival, you’ll walk along a path in a garden surrounded by orchids and bromeliads. You’ll discover the traditional ‘tee pee’ of the Bribrí and Cabecar Indigenous tribes, used by the ‘Chamans’ (healers) or for social acts and ceremonies for thousands of years. Travel to the beginning of the century, through an artistic reproduction, with sculptures, representing the lifestyle and history of the Afro Caribbean settlers.

Afterwards, you’ll learn the traditional methods of the chocolate making process, see how the cacao bean is harvested and prepared to create delicious chocolate and then have the opportunity to try it out for yourself.

Next, you’ll visit the ‘burrocarril’ station or better translated as ‘Donkey Rail’, an alternative and extremely creative way of transportation created by the cahuitan community.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour may operate in reverse order. There is approximately 1½ hours’ of walking on this tour over trails that are unpaved and uneven. Flat, closed toe comfortable shoes are recommended.

Costa Rican Country Drive

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy the delightful countryside of Costa Rica, the typical community village of Bananito and a coastal drive.

Enjoy a scenic drive through Puerto Limon. The province of Limon covers an area of approximately 14,702 square miles, with a total population of 169,000. Many of the residents are descendants from Jamaica that were originally brought to the country to build the railroad. After completion of the railroad, these Jamaicans stayed in the area to work on the cacao and banana plantations.

You’ll then continue on your drive passing the oldest part of Limon, which was constructed by the first Jamaican settlers. These houses were built on stilts to prevent flooding from overflowing coastal swamps, landslides and heavy rains.

En route, you'll pass the international airport and venture into the countryside. The lush landscape alternates rainforest with banana and cacao plantations. Keep an eye out for the egrets, kingfishers, great blue herons and pelicans that call the coastal lowlands home.

Visit a banana plantation for a close-up look and explanation of this delicious fruit. Finally, a brief stop will be made in a souvenir shop where you can purchase local souvenirs prior to returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion WILL operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

Monster Bus and Rainforest Expedition

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Take a rocking and rolling Monster bus, and set out into the rugged countryside to discover the natural beauty of costa Rica.

Your adventure begins when you walk up the gangway to board the comfortable air-conditioned, ‘6X6 Monster Bus’. Your ride takes you towards the west passing small towns and down along a winding road near the Banano River, majestic views and look out points.

Alongside the river banks a Costa Rican style picnic (weather permitting) will be set up and you will be treated with seasonal fruits, soft drinks, bottled water and snacks.

Next, you’ll be immersed in the Rainforest on a soft stroll with your naturalist guide, where poison dart frogs, monkeys and bird observation are common.

After this experience, you’ll take a scenic drive, passing small creeks and lush greenery to a small valley with a banana plantation, a great opportunity to learn about banana production.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by All-Terrain vehicle and on foot. Children under 8 cannot participate. There are 8 steps to negotiate up into the monster bus. This tour is not recommended for guests with neck and or back problems or pregnant women due to the bumpy road conditions.

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