Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
We went on the Costa Rica Favorites excursion in Costa Rica. We were somewhat disappointed that we were on the Pacific side and wouldn't be experiencing true rain forest (couldn't we have landed on the much more interesting Caribbean side before doing the Panama Canal?), but were impressed with the tour operator and the facilities we visited.
We took a gondola ride through the canopy and a walk through beautiful gardens. The heat and humidity were extreme however, and I think I was verging on heat stroke by the end of the walk. It's definitely not for the frail.
After the nature reserve, we took a boat ride on a river. There were loads of beautiful birds to be seen and lots of crocodiles. Our boat captain was incredibly good at spotting even the smallest of birds, and hidden crocs, and our tour operator was passionate about all things natural.
All in all, even with the long boat ride, it was a very good day.