Puerto Limón (Puerto Limon), Costa Rica

Introduction to Puerto Limón (Puerto Limon)

Situated on the mountain-backed Caribbean shores of Costa Rica.

Although the harbour was not built until 1870 – to export Costa Rican bananas and grain – Puerto Limon is one of the oldest cities in Latin America. It was established in 1502 by Christopher Columbus and that long history has given the place some fascinating architecture and a vibrant atmosphere. The open-air market in the centre of town is a must-see, the place to buy anything from local handicrafts to clothes and household goods. In the side streets are interesting little bars and cafés: cashew nuts are an important crop locally, and the cashew wine is a speciality.

With enough time, it is fun to take a trip in a panga – a motorboat – along the Tortuguero Canal, which runs parallel with the coast for about 200km. Even during a short trip it is possible to see many unusual birds, as well as alligators, turtles and bats.
 

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Botanical Garden & Rescue Centre (Tour G)

  • Learn more about the work of an animal rescue centre
  • Admire the diverse flora found in the botanical garden
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Admire Costa Rica’s natural beauty and learn more about its wildlife with a visit to the Botanical Garden and Rescue Centre.

Located approximately one hour from Puerto Limon, the Botanical Garden and Rescue Centre’s main objective is to protect and rehabilitate displaced wildlife in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region. It provides a safe haven to animals which need refuge due to loss of habitat or accidents, or are victims of pet trade or hunting. Many of these animals can be nursed back to health before being released once again into their natural habitat, however, for the creatures which need additional care, the centre provides a habitat as close to their natural environment as possible to promote their wellbeing.

Embark on a walk through the property and view the animals that are being cared for here, such as sloths, iguanas, monkeys and deer. In this property, which covers approximately four hectares (ten acres), you can also find a wide variety of plant groups such as palms, heliconias, bromeliads and aroids, many of them indigenous to the Talamanca region. Different spices are also grown in the botanical garden, including vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon, as well as tropical fruit trees producing papaya, banana, cocoa and pineapple. You will also be able to find the so-called miracle fruit, and discover why it is miraculous!

Enjoy a delicious tropical fruit buffet before the return drive to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be approximately 800 metres (2,624 feet) of walking, some of which will be over sandy and gravelled terrain; therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be a walk of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) to reach the tour vehicles. The drive from the quayside to the Botanical Garden and Rescue Centre takes approximately one hour each way. 

 


Cahuita National Park Walk (Tour E)

  • Embark on a scenic walk through the beautiful Cahuita National Park
  • Keep your eyes peeled for native flora and fauna
Price£50.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover one of Costa Rica’s most impressive national parks as you take in an informative walking tour.

One of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Cahuita National Park boasts breathtaking white sandy beaches fringed with endless coconut trees and a calm sea of crystal clear waters and coral reefs. The national park is also home to wildlife including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, racoons, sloths, otters, armadillos and porcupines. Several bird species also live in the swamp forest, such as the green ibis, green kingfisher, yellow-crowned night heron and the frigate bird.

A drive of approximately one hour will take you to Cahuita National Park, where upon arrival your naturalist guide will lead you through the trails of the rainforest, sharing their knowledge of this fragile ecosystem. During your visit here, you will also be able to enjoy a walk along the beach and, if weather allows, there may be time for you to relax and sunbathe as you soak up your beautiful surroundings.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground; therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For reference, there will be around one hour of time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Please note that toilet facilities may be basic. 

 


Caribbean Train & Eco Cruise (Tour D)

  • Experience a beautiful train journey through the countryside
  • Take in a leisurely cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, known as the ‘Amazon of Costa Rica’
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationMinimum of 90 participants
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover the natural beauty of Costa Rica as you explore by train and by boat.

Departing from the quayside, you will travel to the train station in Moín where you will be able to experience a ride on a historical train which has been in service for more than 100 years. The train gave birth to Costa Rica’s banana industry and will pass through some incredible landscapes. Relaxing in the restored cars, you will travel from Moín to Miramar. Your train journey will take you along the beautiful countryside of Costa Rica, hopefully giving you the opportunity to capture photos of the stunning scenery, and possibly even wildlife such as sloths, monkeys and other colourful creatures.

Next, following a short drive, embark on a boat ride along the Tortuguero Canals, which sit between the ocean and the mainland to create a tranquil river, with mirror-like dark waters and lush vegetation in all shades of green. Many species of birds, reptiles and mammals are often found in their natural habitat within this well-hidden sanctuary. During your cruise, keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife and admire the lush flora.

At the end of your boat ride, enjoy fresh fruits and cool refreshments prior to re-boarding the tour transport for the return drive to Puerto Limon and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that although this tour involves a limited amount of compulsory walking, all guests must be able to board the transport unaided. There will be a walk of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) from the quayside to the tour vehicles, and around four steps to negotiate to board the train. This tour may operate in reverse order. Guests are advised to wear light clothes and flat, comfortable walking shoes. Sun protection, insect repellent and a poncho in case of rain are handy additions to your bag. We cannot guarantee sightings of any wildlife. Please note that there are no toilet facilities available on the boat. 

 


Hacienda Tayutic (Tour F)

  • Step back in time with a visit to Hacienda Tayutic
  • Learn more about the processing of sugarcane and coffee
  • Savour lunch in beautiful surroundings
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour, enjoy a visit to the Hacienda Tayutic, nestled in the mountains of Turrialba, and discover the methods of cultivating and processing sugarcane and coffee.

The unique family-owned, century-old Hacienda Tayutic belongs to the Ortuño family, whose wealth comes from ancestral agricultural activities like sugarcane and coffee. Lately however, they have produced macadamia.

A drive of approximately two hours will take you to the hacienda, which boasts wonderful views of the valley, the magnificent Reventazon River with its impressive dam, and the endless fields dotting the landscape. The region is blessed with lush forests in harmony with sugar cane and coffee plantations, macadamia trees and tropical flowers.

Upon arrival here, you can travel back to the days of yore as you discover the ancient methods of cultivating and processing sugarcane. Learn how the extract of the cane is cooked, poured into moulds and converted into deliciously sweet treats with macadamia nuts. Next, an introduction into coffee cultivation will take you through the process, from the red coffee berry to the roasted coffee bean. After enjoying a coffee tasting, you will also visit the macadamia drying and peeling plant.

Lunch will be served inside, in a hall surrounded by exotic gardens, before you enjoy a visit to the picturesque colonial metallic and wooden chapel brought by German pilgrims in 1880. Before making the journey back to Puerto Limon, you can take the time to browse the shop selling some of the hacienda’s products, including coffee, macadamia, sugarcane products, recipes and other local keepsakes.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of standing and walking, some of which will be over uneven, grassy and gravelled terrain. There will be approximately ten steps to negotiate to the chapel. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that the journey from the quayside to the hacienda takes approximately two hours. Lunch includes tea and coffee – any other refreshments are available to purchase (at your own expense). For reference, there will be a drive of approximately two hours to the hacienda. A short section of the journey may include winding roads.  

 


Tortuguero Canals (Tour A)

  • Embark on a cruise along Costa Rica’s famous canals
  • Admire the natural beauty of the area
  • Keep your eyes peeled for native flora and fauna
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, known as Costa Rica’s Amazon.

A drive of approximately 25 minutes will take you to a private dock in Moin, where you will board a jungle pontoon boat designed to cruise comfortably through the beautiful canals in the jungle. Set sail on a cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, which are part of a river system that runs parallel to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.

The Tortuguero Canals are surrounded by lush rainforest which, with the help of heavy annual rainfall, fills the area with rich flora and fauna. During your cruise, you can keep your eyes peeled for birds, monkeys, lizards, sloths, toucans, orchids and waterlilies in this unique system of natural and man-made canals used as waterways for transportation and exploration. Delight in wonderful views of the lush jungle foliage mirrored in the canal’s waterways, wave to friendly natives that you may see in dugout canoes and watch out for women scrubbing their laundry on the river’s edge, while children swim along the banks or dive from tall trees.

Following your exciting boat tour, enjoy complimentary soft drinks and tropical fruits before returning to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of walking. There will be a walk of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) to reach the tour vehicles. All guests must be able to board the boat unaided. Please note that the boats will not have toilets. Guests are advised to wear light clothes and flat, comfortable walking shoes. Sun protection, insect repellent and a poncho in case of rain are handy additions to your bag. 

 


Veragua Rainforest & Ariel Tram (Tour B)

  • Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest from a whole new perspective as you glide gracefully through the canopy on an aerial gondola
  • Witness the ancient celebration of colour and life of the rainforest
Price£75.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximatelyl 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Admire the natural beauty of Costa Rica as you discover the wonders of the rainforest.

Leaving the pier, you will drive towards Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre, Costa Rica’s newest private rainforest reserve. In approximately one hour you will find yourself immersed in the breathtaking and vibrant rainforest, surrounded by amazing panoramas.

Upon arrival, your naturalist guide will lead you through the snake, frog and butterfly exhibits, an unparalleled interactive setup designed by the University of Costa Rica. Next comes the highlight of your tour as you enter the open-air aerial tram system, for an enchanting gondola ride through the tree tops. As you pass by giant, 300-year-old trees on the way down towards the river banks, you will be presented with uninterrupted views of a virgin rainforest bordering the largest natural reserve in Central America – La Amistad International Park, a transboundary protected area shared by Costa Rica and Panama.

After disembarking the gondola, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Trail of the Giants alongside the Victoria River before your return journey on the aerial tram. This trail was named after the gigantic trees found here, which have watched over the river for centuries. For those of you feeling energetic enough, you can embark on an optional walk to the 20-metre (65-feet) high Puma Waterfall.

During your time here, you can also visit the biological research station, where you can learn more about the operations of dedicated researchers and see them at work. At the end of your adventure, enjoy fresh, tropical fruits and soft drinks and - if time permits - you may have chance to browse the gift shop to search for that all-important souvenir.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that your tram will glide through and above the rainforest canopy. As the Rainforest Aerial Tram takes participants to quite a height, guests suffering from vertigo should perhaps avoid this tour. There will be approximately 800 metres (2,624 feet) of walking during your visit to the rainforest, most of which will be over flat and even ground and elevated wooden trails. There will be a walk of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) to reach the tour vehicles. For guests wishing to take part in the optional walk to the Puma Waterfall, there will be approximately 220 steps to negotiate. Please note that there are eight guests per gondola. Guests are advised to wear light clothes and flat, comfortable walking shoes. Sun protection, insect repellent and a poncho in case of rain are handy additions to your bag. Please note we cannot guarantee that wildlife will be spotted; we consider this tour to be a unique ride, rather than an opportunity to see flora and fauna.

 


White Water Rafting (Tour C)

  • Enjoy a thrilling white water rafting adventure
  • Admire Costa Rica’s stunning scenery
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Costa Rica is renowned for its white water rafting, and this adventure offers you the opportunity to admire the beauty of the area as you enjoy a rafting experience.

Leaving the pier, embark on a drive of approximately one hour to your rafting departure point where, following a safety briefing, you begin your adventure. The Reventazon River is ideal for easy-access short rafting runs on the Caribbean coast and the El Carmen section, which you will raft today, offers class II+ moderate white water, with fun sets of wave trains, lush surroundings and abundant birdlife. It provides a great introduction to river running because at this point the river enters the lower Caribbean, therefore the rapids are gentler and the surroundings take on a true jungle character. Another characteristic of this section is that it maintains consistent water levels, making it the perfect adventure for first-time rafters.

During your tour you will paddle through moderate rapids, and enjoy time to admire the magnificent tropical scenery. You may also be able to spot birds and wildlife that are often found here. At the end of your adventure, you can enjoy a snack served on the riverbank.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is an energetic tour, therefore participants must be in good health and able to swim. It is not suitable for guests with neck or back problems, pregnant ladies, or guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must be aged 12 years or over, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The minimum weight to participate is 44 kilograms (99 pounds), and the maximum weight 106 kilograms (235 pounds). You will get wet on this tour! Come wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes, with shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Bring a towel, sun protection, insect repellent and an extra set of clothes. We recommend that you bring a plastic bag to put your things inside to keep them dry. Helmets and life jackets will be supplied. Please check before booking that your insurance covers you for this activity. An insurance waiver must be signed prior to taking part in the rafting. We cannot guarantee sightings of any wildlife. For reference, the rafting will take approximately one hour and 50 minutes, however please note that this depends on the water levels on the day. 

 


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