Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
Veragua Rain Forest Eco-Adventure & Tortuguero Canals
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to spend the entire day in the tropical paradise found just outside the port of Limón. Tortuguero Canals and the Veragua Rainforest, home to The Foundation for Rainforest Research, are your destinations for a fascinating adventure.
Travel north by air-conditioned motor coach along the Caribbean Sea as a knowledgeable naturalist guide expertly introduces you to the biodiversity of the surrounding rain forest.
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a row of volcanic hills, you will find the 46,000-acre Tortuguero National Park -- home to the magnificent Tortuguero Canals. Hop aboard a motor boat; then, sit back and relax for a gentle ride along the canals as your naturalist guide points out the astonishing flora and fauna. Known as ‘Costa Rica’s Amazon’ due to its lush rain forest, the canal area is home to a variety of tropical plants and incredible creatures. Keep your eyes peeled -- as you drift past beautiful orchids and water lilies you may see some of the jungle’s crocodiles, spider monkeys, jaguars, river otters, manatees or any of the 300 bird species, 57 amphibian species, 111 different kinds of reptile, and 60 mammal species.
Enjoy a snack of seasonal fruit before venturing on to your next destination.
Travel south to the Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure. Hailed as the ‘crème de la crème of the rainforest’ by National Geographic Traveler, this world-class facility showcases the wonders of biodiversity and treats you to a world of astonishing natural beauty.
Meet and greet various forest creatures -- at the Reptile Habitat you’ll see endemic iguanas, lizards and snakes. The Frog Habitat houses unique environments for diurnal and nocturnal frogs, and the Butterfly Garden comes alive with hundreds of the world’s most colorful butterflies including the blue morpho, which only exists in tropical rain forests.
Walk to the main visitor center for a delicious buffet lunch.
Board the aerial tram and marvel at the endless views during a ride through the pristine forest canopy. Keep watch for toucans and shy sloths, and listen for howler monkeys as you descend the mountain to the riverbank below.
A nature walk takes you along the Trail of the Giants to the cascading Puma Waterfall.
Gain an insider’s look at the laboratories where the biologists from the Foundation for Rainforest Research work to unlock nature’s mysteries, partnering with the University of Costa Rica.
You’ll have free time to browse in the gift shop before boarding the coach for the return to the ship.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Maximum weight is 350 lbs.