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We arranged our combined tour with Relax DayTours of the Tortuguero National Park and the Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica on line. At Puerto Limon, we were met by Dani our guide and Federico our driver that day, who was the owner. There were just six of us. After driving through Puerto Limon and viewing the oldest house in town and looking back at our ship from a viewpoint, we were soon on our way to the Tortuguero National Park. Here we embarked on a small boat and our captain quietly navigated up the various waterways, stopping often to get close to the bank, where he and Dani would point out the abundant wildlife. The most exciting moment was seeing a sloth, hanging lazily from the branches of a tree near the waterline and we also saw monkeys, egrets, herons, caimen and others. Unfortunately, we didn’t see toucans, iguanas and river turtles as some do sometimes.
We were then driven to a roadside fruit stall, where we ate delicious fresh pineapple and tried cacao, the cocoa bean in its natural form. Dani showed us how coffee was grown and we sampled sugar cane in its raw state.
Then a longish drive to the Cahuita National Park, which is very beautiful, as it runs along a stunning white sand coastline. Dani gave out bottles of water or mango juice, before we walked along with her on an easy going trailwith beautiful tropical trees and shrubs. Besides howler monkeys and white faced monkeys, we saw a green iguana and a racoon raiding a picnic party, as well as various birds. At the end of the trail, Dani left us, giving us half an hour on the beach, to swim if we wanted. To be honest, it just was not enough time to snatch a snack, get changed, swim and get dried. It might have been better to curtail the walk a little, so giving us a longer break on the beach.
On the way back, we stopped at a banana plantation and Dani gave us a very good illustrated talk as to how bananas are grown, how the plant is propogated and how the crop is processed ready for exporting.
Back in Puerto Limon, Dani took us to a supermarket, where some of us bought coffee, cacao and other local products.
In all, a very good tour, taking in two major attractions. With the ships tour, you would have to choose one or the other of these venues each at a cost a little more than this tour. So we would thoroughly recommend a tour with Relax DayTours and both Dani and Federico were good company and gave us much information, not only on the places we visited, but also about the country itself and its people.
We were met right outside the cruise terminal and the van was clean and comfortable.
Dani was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about all the different animals and plants that we saw on the canal boat as well as the national park. At our request she took us to a local grocery store to purchase coffee and candy.
Canal tour was on a nice boat – Relax Day Tours had much nicer boats than many other companies – hard top canopy to keep rain out and cleaner. Saw monkeys, sloths, lizards and more.
National park was beautiful. You can walk in the jungle one direction and then back along the beach.
We were returned to cruise ship terminal on time.