Christopher Columbus became Costa Rica's first tourist when he landed on this stretch of coast in 1502 during his fourth and final voyage to the New World. Expecting to find vast mineral wealth, he named the region Costa Rica ("rich coast"). Imagine the Spaniards' surprise eventually to find there was none. Save for a brief skirmish some six decades ago, the country did prove itself rich in a long tradition of peace and democracy. No other country in Latin America can make that claim. View more
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Indulge your senses with the pristine natural beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest during this panoramic, half-day excursion via off-road vehicle.
Scenic Drive and Riverside Picnic
Depart the pier in a comfortable, air-conditioned, 6X6 'Monster Bus' all-terrain vehicle for the scenic, approximately 1.75-hour drive to the Costa Rican rainforest. En route, pass through small towns and take in majestic views through your off-road vehicle's wide, panoramic windows. After a comfort stop, proceed along a winding road near the Banano River. Alongside the riverbanks, enjoy a Costa Rican-style picnic (weather-permitting) with seasonal fruits, soft drinks, bottled water and 'bizcocho' snacks with 'lizano' sauce.
Rainforest Trek and Banana Plantation
Next, take a guided nature trek through the lush rainforest, where poison dart frogs, monkeys and diverse bird species are commonly observed. Afterward, re-board your off-road vehicle and travel past small creeks and difficult access areas en route to a small valley. Here, a stop is made in a local community to visit a banana plantation and learn about banana production. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your off-road vehicle and commence the approximately 1.75-hour coastal drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of off-road driving and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 500 yards (about 457 metres), at times over uneven natural surfaces, with eight steps to negotiate to get on/off the off-road vehicle. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, raingear and insect repellent from the ship. Guests weighing 300 pounds (136 kilograms) or more are required to purchase two seats. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the plants, trees and animals of the Costa Rican rainforest during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the Botanical Garden & Rescue Centre.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the approximately ten-acre (about four-hectare) Botanical Garden and Rescue Centre. Upon arrival, a comfort stop is made before taking a guided stroll through the Botanical Gardens and Rescue Centre.
The Rescue Centre's main objective is to protect and rehabilitate displaced wildlife in Costa Rica's Caribbean region by providing a safe haven to animals that need refuge because of habitat loss, accidents, and the pet trade or hunting. The Rescue Centre hosts species such as sloths, iguanas, monkeys and deer. Many of these animals are nursed back to a healthy condition, and released once again into their natural habitat. However, for animals that must stay for additional care, the Rescue Centre provides an environment similar to their natural habitat.
Botanical Gardens and Shopping
The Botanical Garden features a wide array of plant species, including palms, heliconias, bromeliads, calatheas, and aroids, among others, with many of them being indigenous to the Talamanca region. Different spices found in the botanical garden include vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon, and tropical fruit trees bearing papaya, banana, cocoa and pineapple also thrive on this property. Following your stroll through the Botanical Gardens, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs and seasonal fruit. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 600 yards (about 548 metres), at times over gravel, grassy and sandy surfaces, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, raingear and insect repellent from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the natural splendour of the rainforest canopy in a unique new way during this exhilarating, half-day zip-lining excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Operations Centre. Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions and equipment, and begin your thrilling zip-lining excursion.
Ride along 11 suspended cable lines and 12 platforms in the middle of the rainforest. With the longest zip-line at almost 900 feet (274 metres) in length and heights of up to 265 feet (80.7 metres) above the ground, you can marvel at the amazing panoramic jungle views whilst travelling at full-speed. Your guides are on-hand to assist you throughout the tour, and a few platforms enable you to leave the tour before finishing if desired.
Following this exciting excursion and a comfort and souvenir stop, relax with refreshments and tropical fruit before commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with four steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guest are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, raingear and bottled water from the ship. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour; a parent or guardian must accompany all guests under 18 years old, and not weigh more than 250 pounds (113.4 kilograms / 17.86 stone) to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour.
Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Costa Rica from a unique perspective during this memorable excursion to the Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre.
Veragua Rainforest and Animal Exhibits
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre, a world-class, sustainable development private reserve and Costa Rica's newest private rainforest adventure. Upon arrival, your naturalist guide leads you through the live snake, frog and butterfly exhibits. This unparalleled interactive set-up was designed by the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), a world-renowned research and conservation organisation and operated by the University of Costa Rica.
Aerial Tram and Nature Walk
Next, enter the open-air tram system for an enchanting gondola ride through the canopy level of the rainforest, a nature walk on the 'Trail of the Giants' and, for those in good physical condition, a visit to the Puma Waterfall. Along the way, take in breathtaking panoramic views of the vibrant rainforest.
Afterward, take the aerial tram back to the main station for a comfort stop, a snack at the cafeteria and an opportunity to browse the souvenir shop for a memento of your visit. Your tour concludes with an approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 500 yards (about 457 metres), with frequent stops. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, the bus can only accommodate folding wheelchairs. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a rain poncho from the ship. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.
Navigate the Reventazon River in a fun-filled and exciting new way during this memorable white water rafting adventure.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Outdoor Explorers' private station. After a comfort stop, drive to the river rafting launch site. Upon arrival, receive your safety instruction and equipment before launching your raft and commencing your white water rafting excursion.
The new 'El Carmen' Class II+ section on the Reventazon River offers the thrill of moderate white water rafting and gets you wet but keeps you safety in your raft. This area is a great introduction to river rafting because the river enters the true lower-Caribbean Sea at this point. As a result, the river maintains very good water levels, the rapids are gentler and the surroundings take on a true jungle character.
Paddle on the wide-open waters of the river through small waves with little manoeuvring, and take in scenic views of the flora, fauna and abundant bird-life. Following your river rafting experience, drive from the take-out site to the main station. After changing into dry clothes, some time is made available for shopping and snacks before commencing the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition and can swim. All participants are required to paddle. River stones will be encountered at the riverbanks. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with water shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, and a change of clothing from the ship. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The minimum weight to participate on this tour is 99 pounds ( 45 kilograms, 7 stone) and the maximum weight is 235 pounds (106 kilograms, 16.7 stone). Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour; a parent or guardian must accompany all guests under 18 years old.
The pristine natural beauty of Costa Rica is yours to discover during this picturesque, half-day eco-cruise along the Tortuguero Canals.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to the Moin private dock of Eco Jungle Cruises. Upon arrival, embark a jungle pontoon boat specially-designed to cruise in comfort through the jungle canals, part of a river system that parallels Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
The Tortuguero Canals are known as Costa Rica's Amazon because of their surrounding rainforest. The heavy annual rainfall fills the area with an extremely rich flora and fauna. During your eco-cruise, you may see birds, monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, and toucans in this unique system of natural and man-made canals used as waterways for transportation and exploration. Orchids, water lilies and lush jungle foliage mirrored in the canal's waters are truly a sight to behold.
Following your eco-cruise and a comfort stop, some free time is made available to relax with a complimentary soft drink and fruits.
At the conclusion of your relaxation time, re-board the coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a foldable wheelchair. If necessary, a ramp can be arranged to embark/disembark the boat. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a rain poncho from the ship.