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2008 Puerto Limón by Ship

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View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda & 2008 Panama Canal on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

I had signed up to do two excursions - the 7 am Tortugero Canal trip (easy) which I wanted to revisit from our trip 12 years ago and the noon Aerial Canopy zip line (listed as hard) which Bob had expressed an interest in. Both 4.5 hours. But we got a notice that they changed our time on the Aerial Canopy to 7:15 which meant the excursions were at the same time. I asked to switch to the afternoon canal trip and they said that was full. Bob first said he wouldn't go on an excursion without me, so, since I wasn't absolutely sure I could handle the Aerial Canopy zip line (not the height but the climb to get there), I picked to skip that one and take the canal. After I did that, Bob indicated that he would have done the zip line by himself.

Bob's ticket and the letter changing the time

Bob's ticket and the letter changing the time

Oh well

We had to change our clocks back because CR is central time zone, and meet in the theatre at 0650. Some of the tours - like the ones to San Jose where they had a 2.5 hour bus trip going to the city and coming back from the city - had an even earlier departure. Several of the people on that tour left a wake-up call for 0430. Except that the wake-up call software wasn't changed to central time, so everyone was called at 0430 eastern time. Boy were they unhappy.

I changed the computer time, but not my watch or the camera.

I did want to see when we came into Puerto Limón because the Lighthouse Directory said there was a harbor light there, but no description of location. So I was out on deck early to see if I could see it.

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Port early in the morning

Port early in the morning

Eventually, I figured out that the light was in front of the big cranes of the commercial pier next to it.

Harbor light

Harbor light


Harbor light (lighted)

Harbor light (lighted)


Puerto Limón aid to navigation

Puerto Limón aid to navigation

Caribbean end of the pier

Caribbean end of the pier

Vehicles at dockside

Vehicles at dockside

End pylon

End pylon

We had breakfast in the Lido as the dining room wasn't open that early. From the Lido deck, we watched as the line handlers complained that the ship was not giving them the big dock lines, but was sending over wire cable.
Handlers attaching the lines

Handlers attaching the lines


Looking down on the dock

Looking down on the dock

My excursion ticket

My excursion ticket

They gave us our stickers early and we walked off the ship

Dock lines

Dock lines


Stern of the ship

Stern of the ship

Bob lining up for the tour

Bob lining up for the tour

Port welcome tent

Port welcome tent

and got onto the bus first and sat in the first seat behind the guide, whose name was Ivan. On the other side were seats for handicapped. It was
a kneeling bus

a kneeling bus

We drove to the dock. There was a band there
Music

Music

We got onto a covered boat.
Ramp down to the boat

Ramp down to the boat


Leaving the dock in our tour boat

Leaving the dock in our tour boat


Canals from the excursion boat

Canals from the excursion boat


View of the side of the canal

View of the side of the canal


Tortuguero Canals

Tortuguero Canals


Boat landing

Boat landing

small bird

small bird

It was cloudy, but did not rain. We did see a few mosquito's, but most of the wildlife we saw was mammals and birds.
Flowering tree

Flowering tree

We saw
Howler monkeys

Howler monkeys


Howler monkey

Howler monkey


and a couple of sloths.
Sloth in the trees with green fur

Sloth in the trees with green fur


A sloth with brown fur

A sloth with brown fur


Green furred sloth

Green furred sloth


We saw a squirrel but didn't get a photo.

We saw a couple of Jesus Christ lizards lying on branches,
Jesus Christ Lizard

Jesus Christ Lizard


aka Basilisk Lizard

aka Basilisk Lizard


,
bird with the yellow tail (I forget the name)

bird with the yellow tail (I forget the name)


a Toucan

a Toucan


Night heron

Night heron

Night Heron

Night Heron


green herons,
Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron


a great blue heron and a Gallinule and a cormorant.
Tricolor heron

Tricolor heron


Egret

Egret

Egret

Egret


Great Egret

Great Egret


Great Egret

Great Egret


Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana


Anhinga

Anhinga


Male anhinga drying his wings

Male anhinga drying his wings


The boat pilot went onto land and found a poison arrow frog with a red body and blue feet for us to see.
Stuffed frog on the boat front window

Stuffed frog on the boat front window


It was called a Blue Jeans Frog
Captured frog on a leaf

Captured frog on a leaf


We also saw the railroad trestle and while we were there, the little train went across it.
in the distance

in the distance

Looking across the boat to the railroad line

Looking across the boat to the railroad line

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going under the trestle

going under the trestle

Railroad trestle

Railroad trestle


Jungle Train

Jungle Train


Narrow gauge train

Narrow gauge train

Picture taking was not quite as successful today. Either the bird moved before I could get focused, or the camera focused on the branches and the bird was blurred. I got back with about 300 photos (23 of Bobs and the rest mine), and immediately deleted about 65 of them as too bad to use. Then I segregated another 60 as not good enough to show anyone - just good enough to have a record.
Not so good bird picture - Tortuguero

Not so good bird picture - Tortuguero

After we finished the boat trip, we had a chance to buy souvenirs, which I did.
Wooden place mats

Wooden place mats

Wooden Puzzle boxes

Wooden Puzzle boxes

Wooden puzzle box

Wooden puzzle box

Painted wood Jewelry cases with four drawers

Painted wood Jewelry cases with four drawers

Wooden trivet

Wooden trivet

I also bought some coffee for various adult children.
Coffee

Coffee

Then we went to a banana plantation and saw the process there.
Corm at the Base of the plant

Corm at the Base of the plant


Bananas

Bananas


Banana plants

Banana plants


Cross section of a banana plant stem

Cross section of a banana plant stem

bananas growing

bananas growing


Undergrowth

Undergrowth


Of course since it was Sunday, none of the machinery was working.
Machinery in the plant

Machinery in the plant

Shipping containers

Shipping containers

Spanish rules for workers

Spanish rules for workers

fuel tank and the back end of the bus - Puerto Limón

fuel tank and the back end of the bus - Puerto Limón

Alternative transporation?

Alternative transporation?

The guide told us not to give money to the kids who were there because they didn't want them skipping school when the cruise ship was in, so we didn't, even when they brought out a pet sloth for us to see.
Sloth as a pet

Sloth as a pet

Then on the way back to the ship, the bus driver stopped at a roadside stand
Roadside flower and butterfly

Roadside flower and butterfly


market from the bus

market from the bus


and bought a cocoa pod
cocoa pod

cocoa pod


and showed us the beans,
beans inside the pod

beans inside the pod


and lady finger bananas.
Lady finger banana

Lady finger banana


There was also a pod which had a red dye inside that you could paint your face with.
Pods with red dye

Pods with red dye


Pods

Pods


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Town from the bus - Puerto Limón

Town from the bus - Puerto Limón


Coming back to the port - Puerto Limón

Coming back to the port - Puerto Limón


Shops behind tarps from the bus

Shops behind tarps from the bus


Information area on the dock - Puerto Limón

Information area on the dock - Puerto Limón


When we got back, we ate lunch in the Lido because the dining room wasn't open.
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Lido plate - taking a little of each thing

Lido plate - taking a little of each thing


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After Trivia (which we didn't win again),
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Deck of the ship

Deck of the ship

Deck of the ship

Deck of the ship

I went up to the top deck to look at where there were hammocks - it was an area for teens only. Since there were no teens on board, it was deserted
Teen area with hammocks

Teen area with hammocks

People walking back from the shops

People walking back from the shops


Town from the boat with a zoom

Town from the boat with a zoom


We watched the sail-away
Waves crashing on the other side of the dock

Waves crashing on the other side of the dock

Leaving the dock

Leaving the dock


Leaving the shore at dusk

Leaving the shore at dusk


Port as we left

Port as we left

Sunset over Puerto Limon

Sunset over Puerto Limon


We went to dinner in the dining room although the Lido was having a BBQ. I had the
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escargot, blueberry soup and
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Tagliatelle Nuevo. Bob had the papaya fan with kiwi, the blue berry soup and
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cornish game hen, but he had trouble getting the carrots to go down and left dinner before dessert.
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Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:52 Archived in Costa Rica

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