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Visiting Limon Costa Rica - Ten Day Cruise through the Panama Canal

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Visiting Limon Costa Rica - Ten Day Cruise through the Panama Canal
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The fourth stop on our Panama Canal cruise adventure was Limon, Costa Rica (first: Aruba, second: Colombia, third: Panama).  And, woah!  Mountains!  I knew Costa Rica had rain forests, but I never expected the gorgeous mountain landscape. As a mountain lover, this was a pleasant surprise.  Our excursion for Limon was a jungle river tour followed by the Veragua Rainforest tour - you won't believe the animals we saw in the wild!



Thank you so much to Princess Cruises for hosting Wesley and me on our long overdue nearly forgotten honeymoon.  We had a blast, and of course opinions expressed are my own, unless they're Wesley's.  In which case, I'll let you know.  



Mountains of Costa Rica are the perfect vacation destination

Have you visited Costa Rica




Pulling into port at Limon was breathtaking.  I stood at the deck railing watching the mountains until my coffee ran cold.  I am a mountain addict.  Have I mentioned, I really like mountains?  They're like the ocean, but tall, so more people can see them.  Thank you mountains.  We appreciate you. 



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Cruise ship excursions in costa rica



Also, I think more people should have colorful houses and shops.  I just can't help but smile when I see pink, and green, and turquoise buildings!  Dear HOA, let's rethink the neighborhood color palette, eh?



Rainforest river cruise in Costa Rica

What will I see in Costa Rica



The first leg of our excursion was a river cruise through the jungle.  It was swampy, hot, and really really really beautiful.  I feel like I've been using that word a lot.  Perhaps it's time to pull up a thesaurus, but the fact remains.  It was beautiful.  



Are there monkeys in Costa Rica

Should I take a river tour in Costa Rica

What do houses look like in Costa Rica


Wesley and I are junkies for those shows that show how people live around the globe, so seeing the homes and businesses along the river was really neat.  I've always dreamed of traveling the world and living in vastly different environments for a period of time.  This had my wheels totally turning.  It's something I love about cruises too - being able to see so many environments in one trip.  



What animals will I see in Costa Rica

Are there sloths in Costa Rica

Yes there are sloths in Costa Rica

Where will you see sloths in Costa Rica




Do you see the sloth???  DO YOU SEE THE SLOTH?!!!  P.S. There were sloths in the trees!  Also monkeys, and snakes, and lizards!  And birds too. The guide was very adamant that no one heckle the monkeys (why would you heckle a monkey?!) because they will fling poo at you.  I have five kids.  I do not need poo flinging on my grown-up only vacation.  No. Thank. You. 



Are there snakes in Costa Rica - Eyelash Viper in Costa Rica

Flowering plants in Costa Rica

Banana Spider Golden Orb Spider in Costa Rica



Following the river tour we had some fresh fruit for snacks (*ahem* the BEST pineapple I have ever had. Period. Full stop.) and then hopped on the bus to head up up up to the top of a mountain for our tour at the Veragua Rainforest and Research Center.  As much as I love mountains (a lot), I'm not a super huge fan of driving up them.  But no one else seemed worried, so I put on a brave(ish) face and we made it there alive and well.  

Almost as soon as we arrived, we saw a cute little snake (it really was tiny!) hanging out on a palm tree limb next to the handrail.  The guide told is it was an eyelash viper.  And if it struck you, you had 15 minutes to get to a hospital.  But we were in the middle of the jungle.  So please don't try to touch it.  Make a wide berth.  

We did just that.  



Take the gondola ride on your vacation in Costa Rica

Honeymoon in Costa Rica

View from top of gondola in Costa Rica



After walking around and seeing the facilities for a bit, we took a gondola ride up and down the mountain.  This was my favorite part of the day.  The views were incredible and we saw several more monkeys in the tree!  I also practiced my Spanish a little with the gondola operator.  

We were so high up that we could see our cruise ship in port even though we had driven over an hour to get to where we were!  The facility also offered zip-lining, but I'm a bit of a chicken, so we stuck with the gondola.  



Ariel tram in Costa Rica

Wild bananas in Costa Rica

Are the frogs poisonous in Costa Rica



We also saw wild bananas that the guide said are terrible and the monkeys won't even eat, a teensy tiny red tree frog (again, super poisonous), and wild culantro.  Not to be confused with cilantro, which is what we grow in the U.S.  Despite the different spelling and leaf shape, they smell and taste very similar!



Wild culantro in Costa Rica  not the same as cilantro

two-tiered Puma Waterfall



At the base of the gondola was a climb to see the two-tiered Puma Waterfall.  The overlook was super close to the waterfall itself, so I didn't get any great pictures, but I can assure you it was quite pretty.  I'm not quite as addicted to waterfalls as I am mountains, but I'd say they're up in my top three favorite naturey things.  We do a lot of hiking when we travel, and finding a mountain with a waterfall is basically vacation jackpot.  So, jackpot Costa Rica.  Well done. 



Vacation with husband in Costa Rica

Why you should take a cruise to Costa Rica

two-tiered Puma Waterfall on costa rica tour



Before hopping back on the bus, we were treated to an authentic local meal of arroz con pollo with red beans and plantain.  It was delicious.  Really, really, really delicious.  And I'm saying that as someone who grew up in south Florida and has had a whole lot of arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) in her life.  Yum.  



Arroz con pollo with red beans and plantains in Costa Rica

La Amistad in Costa Rica borders Panama

Visit La Amistad in Costa Rica to see both oceans at once



Behind those clouds is the highest point in Costa Rica and the national park there is called La Amistatd (translation: friendship) because it borders Panama.  From that vantage point, you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans!  



Coral Princess travels through the Panama Canal



Have I made you want to book a cruise yet?  Because going through all these pictures, I've made myself want to schedule another one STAT.  If you're considering taking a cruise, I can't encourage you enough to check out all the incredible destinations and itineraries that Princess Cruises has to offer.  Princess hosted us on this trip, but I can assure you, all opinions are my own.  I heart cruises, yo.



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