IN THE WAKE OF THE SPANISH ARMADAS

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In the Wake of the Spanish Armadas

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Puerto Limón/Moin, Costa Rica

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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

walking

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Limon, A Hacienda Experience
This tour will take you to a unique, family-owned, century-old hacienda, property to the Ortuño family, who have devoted generations to agricultural activities like the production of sugarcane and coffee. The Hacienda is nested in the mountains of Turrialba. You can’t miss the wonderful views of the valley, the magnificent Reventazón River, the impressive dam and the endless, regal fields that dot the landscape; a region blessed with exuberant tropical forests that harmoniously inhabit this area along with sugarcane, coffee plantations, and tropical flowers. Upon arrival at the Hacienda, you will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient methods of growing and processing sugarcane. An introduction to the coffee cultivation will let you observe the process of roasting the coffee and you will participate in a coffee tasting session. After lunch, you will visit a picturesque colonial metal-and-wood chapel brought by German pilgrims in 1880. A shop with the Hacienda’s products, such as coffee in different presentations and flavors, organic sugarcane products, cooking recipes and other local keepsakes are available at factory prices.

Please note: Wear tennis shoes or good walking shoes, long pants, jacket, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, sun glasses and bring your camera.


price $109
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Limon, Cahuita National Park, Botanical Garden & Rescue Center
Cahuita National Park is an area that is filled with exuberant wildlife that includes howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, raccoons, sloths, otters, coatis, agoutis, armadillos and porcupines. Several avian species also live in the swamp forest, like the green ibis, green kingfisher, yellow-crowned night-heron, frigate bird and the boat-billed heron, among others. Your naturalist guide will lead you through the trails of the rainforest, sharing his vast knowledge on this fragile ecosystem.  Your next destination will be Tree of life which is a Botanical Garden and Rescue Center where the main objective is to protect and rehabilitate displaced wildlife of Costa Rica’s Caribbean region, providing a safe haven to animals that need refuge because of habitat loss, accidents, and victims of pet trade or hunting. The Center provides a habitat as close as their natural habitat to promote their wellbeing. The center hosts species like sloths, iguanas, monkeys and deer.  In a property that covers approximately 10 acres you can also find a wide variety of plant groups like palms, heliconias, bromeliads, calatheas and aroids, among others, many of them being indigenous to the Talamanca region. Different spices available within the botanical garden are vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon and tropical fruit trees that produce papaya, banana, cocoa and pineapple grow within this land.

Please note: Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes, and bring towels, hat or visor, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, camera, rain poncho, umbrella, binoculars and a change of clothes.


price $99
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

beach

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Puerto Limon, Manzanillo Refuge & Beach Escape
Just 75 minutes away from Puerto Limon you will be transported into a completely different world; the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is truly a wonderful place to visit with its laid-back environs, spicy piquant food, and unique Afro-Caribbean culture. Most of the people in these areas were brought either from Jamaica or other Caribbean Islands to help work on the railroads or in the banana plantations that still support and make up much of this province’s exports. Your first stop will be Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, considered one of the most beautiful and scenic regions, offering some breathtaking white sandy beaches fringed with endless coconut trees and a calm sea of crystal clear waters and coral reefs. The area is filled with exuberant wildlife including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, raccoons, sloths, otters, coatis, agouti as well as several avian species also live in the swamp forest, like the green ibis, green kingfisher, yellow-crowned night-heron, frigate bird and the boat-billed heron, among others. Your naturalist guide will lead you through the trails of the rainforest towards a look-out point where you can take incredible photos of the rock formations and the landscape. He will share his vast knowledge on this fragile ecosystem. You will have time to walk along the beach and, if weather allows, you can even swim. Puerto Viejo will be your next destination; this charming village will make you find what can be described as mini-Jamaica with dreadlocked Rastafarians, reggae and calypso music played in the streets.

Please note: Wear light clothes, walking shoes or sandals, and bring insect repellent, sun protection, hat, camera and binoculars. Bring bottled water and bathing suit underneath your clothes. Towels and clothes to change into. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $79
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing

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Puerto Limon, Rainforest Canopy Zip Lining
Experience the most exhilarating canopy zipline ride in the Caribbean:  the Original Canopy Tour® in the Veragua Rainforest, a 177-acre private reserve which National Geographic Traveler called “The Cream of the Cream of the Rainforest.” A 60-minute motor coach ride from the pier will give you  a glimpse of life in rural Costa Rica on your way to an ecological paradise nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest. This world-famous zipline consists of 12 observation platforms and 11 horizontal "zip line" traverses where you will glide silently through the rainforest canopy while enjoying commanding views of the wonderful flora and fauna of Costa Rica.  Upon arrival, your guides will outfit you with a harness and safety gear and instruct you on the day’s activities.  Safety is their top priority and all guests will be provided with thorough instructions.  After the instruction, you will take a short walk to the starting point of the canopy tour-- where you will begin your exhilarating ride.  As you travel on the zip-line, you will see different views of the primary and secondary rainforest, giving you a firsthand experience of the wonders of rainforest biodiversity.  Wildlife sightings are common in this area—keep your camera ready and be on the lookout for monkeys, sloths and many varieties of tropical birds!  From several treetop observation platforms, you will have inspiring views of the tropical rainforest as far as the eye can see.  The final traverse will take you to a ground platform where your tour ends.  Once back on terra firma you will walk a few steps to the reception area where a refreshing cold purified water awaits you.  Here, you will find clean restrooms and a souvenir gift shop and cold beverages for sale.  You will then board your bus for the return trip to the pier.

Please note: Waiver signing is required. Minimum age: 12, accompanied by an adult. Minimum weight: 99 pounds. Maximum weight: 235 pounds. Must be in good physical condition. Wear light clothing, walking shoes, hat or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent. Guests with long hair, suggest wearing it in a ponytail or a bun.



price $139
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

boating

wildlife

outdoors

essentials
Puerto Limon, Rainforest Extravaganza
You will start this beautiful journey with an exciting pontoon boat ride through the world-famous Tortuguero Canals. You will admire the rich flora and fauna, wonderful views of the lush jungle foliage that mirrors on the water; orchids, water lilies, birds, monkeys, sloths, and toucans are common in this unique system of natural and artificial canals that are used as waterways for transportation and exploration. After this relaxing boat tour, you will enjoy complimentary soft drinks and refreshing tropical fruits. The tour bus will continue to Veragua Rainforest, and your naturalist guides will lead you through the live snake, frog, and butterfly exhibits in an unparalleled interactive set-up, operated by the University of Costa Rica. You will then get up on the open-air aerial tram that will take you on an enchanting ride through the canopy level of the rainforest. As you pass by giant 300-year-old trees on the way down to the riverbanks, you will be surrounded by uninterrupted views of the virgin rainforest. There is an optional strenuous walk to see the magnificent, 2-tiered, 65-foot-high Puma Waterfall. Before returning to your ship, delight yourself with some of Limon’s local cuisine.

Please note: Wear light clothing, closed and flat walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sun glasses.


price $179
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5.5 HRS

Strenuous

boating

refreshments

wildlife

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Puerto Limon, Reventazon White River Rafting Class I & II
The Reventazón River is your best choice for easy access, short runs from the Caribbean Coast. The ‘El Carmen’ section offers Class II+, moderate white water rafting with fun sets of wave trains, lush surroundings, and abundant wildlife. It is a great introduction to river running because, at this point, the river enters the true lower Caribbean, therefore the rapids are gentler and the surroundings transformed with an amazing jungle character. This section of the river maintains very good water levels all throughout the year. This will be the perfect adventure for families with children, senior participants and overall first-time rafters. You will have a hearty snack before returning to the ship. 

Please note: A signed waiver is required. Minimum age: 12, accompanied by an adult. Minimum weight: 99 pounds. Maximum weight: 235 pounds. Wear light clothes, water shoes or rubber soled shoes, sunscreen, bring a change of clothes and a towel as you will get wet.  Camera protection highly recommended. Wildlife sightings not guaranteed.


price $105
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3.15 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

wildlife

outdoors

refreshments

essentials
Puerto Limon, Skywalk in the Forest
Discover the richness of the rainforest while you walk along beautiful trails and see the most amazing shapes of green vegetation appear before your eyes. The tour will start with an easy short walk that will lead into an open hummingbird garden, where many species of these tiny, lively colored birds gather around and amaze you with their spectacular acrobatic aerial maneuvers.  After this beautiful experience your adventure will continue when you arrive to the first of four suspended bridges exploring a unique and thrilling way to observe the beautiful rainforest canopies. Each of these bridges stretches between 55 and 200 feet and up to 165 feet above the ground. As you continue your way through tropical plants and giants trees, your naturalist tour guide will point out the most outstanding features of this lush forest, filled with exuberant wildlife including monkeys, sloths, several species of birds, butterflies, the beautiful blue jean frog, the green and black frog, etc. Finally, you will be able to taste some delicious typical snacks before returning to pier.

Please note: Do not feed or touch any wild animal. Do not use flashes to photograph animals. Tour sequence may vary. Wear light clothing, walking shoes, hat or visor, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Guests with long hair should wear it in a ponytail or a bun. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $105
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3 HRS

Easy

boating

wildlife

essentials
Puerto Limon, Tortuguero Canals
A short 25-minute ride from the pier to a private dock in Moín, will take you on board a jungle pontoon boat specially designed to cruise comfortably through beautiful canals in the jungle. These canals are part of a river system which runs parallel to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The Tortuguero Canals are known as Costa Rica’s Amazon due to the surrounding rainforest that, with the help of heavy annual rainfall fills the area with an extremely rich flora and fauna. You will observe orchids, water lilies, spot birds, monkeys, lizards, sloths and toucans in this unique system of natural and man- made canals used as waterways for transportation and exploration. Wonderful views of the lush jungle foliage mirrored in the canal’s waters will delight your eyes. After this exciting boat tour, enjoy complimentary soft drinks and tropical fruits.

Please note: Wear light clothing, closed and flat walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sun glasses. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $69
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Colón, Panama



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Colon, Agua Clara Visitor Center with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will begin by taking you to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. With an unparalleled view, this place will be waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by seeing how the giants of the sea, called Neo-Panamamax vessels, go through the new set of locks. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara Visitor Center has to offer. At the projection room you can learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout your visit, peruse the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze you. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that make the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views. Identify the different species gathered there that are indigenous to this area of the Canal watershed. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the International airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. This tour is available for guests with flights after 5 p.m.


price $149
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

concierge
Colon, Concierge Collection: Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Airport Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the international airport.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat. The first drop off is at the Windstar Hotel then continues to the airport for guests with flights after 5 p.m. 


price $345
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

concierge
Colon, Conicerge Collection: Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Windstar Hotel Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.  


price $325
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6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you can enjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying the views of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel along the Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared to Miami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Antiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow of the fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral, among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a place of the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the international airport. 
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat.  The first drop off is at the Windstar Hotel then continues to the airport for guests with flights after 5 p.m.

 


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Hotel

Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you canenjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of theAmericas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneerHenry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left.Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmarkof the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying theviews of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel alongthe Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared toMiami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the CascoAntiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovelycolonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get agood idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of thisquarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow ofthe fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral,among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a placeof the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. Atthe end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel. <o:p></o:p>

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for thosewith mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insectrepellent, and a hat.  The drop offlocation is the Windstar Hotel.

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price $139
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