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: Richard Mitchell
There was no Banana Exploration, the guide stopped outside the plantation and said we were not allowed to enter. We spent 20 min. at a resturant, which was a waste of time because everyone had just finished eating on the ship before we started the tour. The guide was good and was only doing what his company made him do.
Reviewer: Jennifer Morris
This was my second visit to Costa Rica and I was looking forward to seeing the Atlantic side of this beautiful country. The location of this tour was perfect, a stunning rainforest steps away from a beautiful beach was perfect. Immediately after we set foot in the rainforest we saw sloths, monkeys, and iguanas, and we didn't have to strain to see them. Tour guide was knowledgeable. Pickup and drop off was timely. Would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Randy and Karen Mehagan
Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Our guide Ronato was excellent. Very caring about the environment and nature. Extremely knowledgeable. Represented the country and was able to answer all the questions. Our driver "Cat" was a character for sure. He got the howler monkeys going when he noticed them in the trees and stopped. Beautiful ride through gorgeous countryside to get to the national park. And we got to see some sloths! Would highly recommend this tour - Greenway Tours is the way to go it you want to see it the natural way!
Alberto told us all about the country's economy, health care, etc. He had many visual aids to show us what a cocoa pod looks like inside and out.Showed us a banana pod with little future bananas. Also showed us what a cashew fruit looks like. We saw howler monkeys, sloths, crocs, pythons, and lots of birds on river tour. He also took us to a local food place so we could enjoy genuine Costa Rican cuisine.
Reviewer: Andre Binggeli
The driver and the guide was so kind and have the knowledge of the country and the live animals. We was just 10 persons in a small bus so we can stop anywhere and have an explanation and also watch the wild life. I would definitely buy a other time this excursion if I return to Costa Rica.