Puerto Limon Zipline & Canals Adventure Excursion Reviews
Wanted something different with a variety of experiences and found this online. I no sooner hit the "send" icon on my email inquiring about a package tour when the phone rang and it was the company proprietor, Mr. Eduardo Humphreys, calling to answer our questions. We arranged a 5 hour tour package that included a stop at a local fruit stand to sample the typical fruits of the area, a visit to a banana plantation, a zipline adventure through the tree tops of the rain forest, a 1 hour flat boat trip on the Tortuguero Canal and a stop for lunch at a local seafood restaurant overlooking the city of Limon and the bay. The adventure began with our driver, Sam, who is a retired railway conductor, picking us up outside the port terminal. Right out of the box he proclaimed he liked to talk and take his time so he hoped we were OK with that - and we were. We meandered along in Sam's car on the way to the fruit stand stop and it was obvious from the get go that this man was not to be rushed. He took his time throwing out factoids and stopping at points of interest along the way and pulling over as often as we felt the need. The fruit stand stop - which honestly felt like a filler - could have been skipped and it wouldn't have impacted our impression of the day. We did get to try some lucious pineapple, nibble on fresh sugar cane and sample some local melons. We also connected with another Your Lucky Tour guide who had two other couples in tow and the eight of us then headed out for a visit to the near by Del Monte plantation. One caveat is the plantations do not operate on Sundays so although you can walk through the facilities there is no actual activity taking place. We still got a decent overview of the operation and were able to walk out into the rows of crops to learn more about the bagging, tagging, propagation and picking of the fruit. Sam had worked in a plantation earlier in his working life and seemed to know a great deal about the whole process and was extremely informative about the plants and the process. From here we headed to the Jungle Breeze zip line
adventure. After first fending off the heat with an icy cold Imperial beer we fitted up and headed to the first platform. I am not a fan of heights but I must say this was a blast. There are a total of 12 segments during this adventure and in some instances because of the distance and the overhanging foliage we couldn't see the next platform until midway through the traverse. It definitely was a highlight for the day. We all had a terrific time. After a couple more icy cold brews (our drivers had soft drinks) we split up as the other couples went on to a wildlife sanctuary and we headed toward our canal excursion. At the canal it was my wife, myself, our captain Paris and his granddaughter in the boat. At first I thought this was going to be the waste of a perfectly good hour. We were probably 90 seconds from the dock when we spotted our first egret and then it was basically nonstop bird and wildlife sightings until we returned an hour later. Egret, heron, sloths, vultures, iguanas, yellow breasted kiskades, king fishers, night herons, tri-colored herons, blue sparrows... it was wonderful. We then headed to the "Red Snapper" restaurant and since neither of us was especially hungry we passed on lunch and just enjoyed the view for a bit before heading back to the cruise terminal. I did poll some of the diners there and they said the snapper was some of the best seafood they had ever had. Our 5 hour tour ended up being almost 7 hours long and Sam was a delight. It was $91/person (cash only) and well worth every penny.