Rainforest and Banana Exploration
If you want to leave Costa Rica with incredible pictures and video of nature at its finest, you'll want to be a part of this rainforest and banana plantation tour.
After meeting your guide at the cruise pier, you will travel along scenic roads, passing quaint villages on your way to Cahuita National Park.
Stretch your legs on a 45 minute nature walk at Cahuita National Park. Cahuita, whose name comes from the indigenous words "kawe" (mahogany) and "ta" (point), was created in 1970 to protect the country's largest coral reef. One hundred twenty-three species of fish have been listed here, along with a variety of corals and other invertebrates. The park also protects an example of tropical moist forest, along with swamps forest and marshland. Cahuita is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy a beautiful tropical beach, the rain forest, and abundant wildlife. Walk down a flat and shady trail that runs along the shoreline, and enjoy the rich biodiversity of the area. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, colorful frogs, and many other species are very common to see during this tour. This is a very easy walk for all, from kids to seniors.
After your nature walk, you will visit a banana plantation, where you will hear many interesting facts about this amazing fruit and its harvesting, processing, packing, and exportation. Costa Rica is the second-largest banana producer in the world; 80% of the plantations are located in Limon province, making it one of the most important economic activities in the region. All in all, it's a truly interesting cultural experience that you can't miss.
Please Note: The packing house and working areas at the banana plantation are restricted areas, and will not be visited on the tour. This tour takes place in a rainforest. During the rainy season (usually from September to November), please bring a raincoat. This tour operates rain or shine.
Reviewer: Karen zGubesch
Excursion was very good. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Gene L Bradford
My wife and I enjoyed the excursion, the guide was very nice and we learned a lot about the country. We were not disappointed about anything. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to learn about the country, etc.
Enjoyed this excursion! Banana plantation was very interesting because I learned things I never knew! The rainforest also was educational and beautiful to see. We looked and looked for monkeys in the trees and just when we were about ready to exit the trail,we heard and saw the Holler Monkeys! Cameras all came out! The excursion leader was excellent and well informed!
Reviewer: Nancy Seddon
This was a very interesting tour, and our guide taught us so much about the plants and animals we saw. He explained how those native to the area used different plants for medicinal purposes as well as the different behaviors of the animals that we were fortunate enough to see. And, of course, the beach alongside us was GORGEOUS! Our final stop at someone's home to see their gardens and items for sale was also very nice. AS for the banana exploration...I wish we could have gone into the plantation; however, what we saw at the outside area gave us a good idea of how the business runs.
Reviewer: K Adams
We really enjoyed this tour. It was raining going thru the rainforest which it does often. It was nice but didn't see many things except monkeys and sloths which are everywhere. We didn't get to to thru the banana plantation but did get to see it and how it works. The best was the unexpected boat ride down the canal which was very cool.