One of the ports of call on our itinerary is Costa Rica, one of my very favorite destinations.
We called at Puerto Limon on the Caribbean side which allows us access to the Tortuguero Canals, Veragua Rainforest, Pineapple Farms, Banana Plantations, Aerial trams, sloth sanctuary, horseback riding in the rainforest and my favorite — zip lining or canopy tours, as they are called. We had an 84-year-old lady do the zip line with her family and they have the photos to prove it!
I went to the sloth sanctuary, which was delightful. An American woman and her Costa Rican husband started a bed and breakfast here years ago. Someone brought them an orphaned baby sloth they named Buttercup. They raised her and she is still at the sanctuary, the matriarch of the place. That’s Buttercup in the photo below with me (Joanne) and the owner.
They became known as the place to take injured/orphaned sloths and they have become world-renowned experts on sloths. They had a number of babies there when I went who absolutely steal your heart away. Those little faces are just tooooo cute!
At the sanctuary you do a canoe ride on the river and we did manage to get pretty close to a cayman (small crocodile) before it ran off.
Costa Rica has more than 500 species of birds alone. If you are a birdwatcher, this is the place for you. If you are at all interested in wildlife, then Costa Rica and Panama are wonderful destinations and cruising is a perfect way to sample them both.
Joanne and Michael are future cruise consultants aboard Zuiderdam.