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18th February, 2017

Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon is the gateway from the Atlantic into Costa Rica, and judging by the number of container parks situated close to the road heading out of the port, it is a very important gateway. It is also a popular cruise destination as there are plenty of things for passengers to do and see in the beautiful tropical countryside (once the container parks have been left behind). Some of our folks went off to the Cahuita National Park for bird and animal watching, others took a train and river excursion, or a cruise on the Tortuguero Canal. There was even a crew excursion to do some zip lining through the forest.

Mrs R and I joined a slightly less adrenalin filled tour, to the Veragua Rainforest which also included an aerial tram through the tree canopy. The journey there in a comfortable air conditioned coach was an experience in itself, as the driver had to negotiate less than perfect rural roads once we had turned off the main highway at Liverpool (really). Local living conditions in the countryside looked somewhat basic, but the children at least seemed happy enough, waving as we passed.

The Veragua Research Station in contrast, appeared as though some very generous benefactor had set up some sort of ‘Jurassic Park’type foundation. An extremely knowledgeable and amiable guide kept us on our feet for several hours, showing us snakes, frogs and butterflies, all in various professionally built enclosures. The open ‘tram’gave us amazing views down towards the coastline, with even a glimpse of Saga Sapphire many miles away, and took us deep down into the valley towards a small river. Disembarking, there was a choice of trails to follow; ours took us to the charming ‘Puma’waterfall, set within the tropical vegetation. Here a rock pool looked very inviting, but time of course (and attire) did not permit a dip.

Returning to the centre, we took some light refreshment before taking a look into the biodiversity research lab before finally heading back to the coach. One eagle eyed Saganaut, however, had spotted something that delayed us for a short while, a large tropical flower on which there was a small snake poised waiting to catch an unsuspecting humming bird (picture hopefully attached). I was reliably informed the slippery predator was an ‘Annulated Tree Boa’. We left before dinner was served.

Captain Philip Rentell

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