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Old March 19th, 2003, 09:43 AM
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Default Puntarenas, Costa Rica

We will be on the Carnival Spirit Panama Canal cruise in early April. Would appreciate any recommendations for the BEST, not-to-be missed excursions or points of interest from Puntarenas, Costa Rica. (We are in mid-60's, not athletic)
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Old March 19th, 2003, 10:47 AM
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One of the most enjoyable tours that we have taken and that I highly recommend is the Coroboci River Rafting tour including lunch. This is not white water rafting and the paddlining is minimal. You may get wet, but it will be refreshing and believe me lots of fun. There is a guide on each rubber raft which holds 6 people. The guide will tell you when to paddle. The lunch was great too. On our ship's tour, we had a female former governor +60 yrs. of age, who was in a raft that really got into the "water antics". She was over heard saying how much fun she had. You wear a swimsuit and old sneakers or water shoes and keep your camera in plastic or buy a waterproof one. Seriously it was fun.
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Old March 20th, 2003, 10:33 AM
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I would try a tour of the Tortuguero Canals. (everybody has you headed for water).
You are taken by bus to the canals. The bus tour itself is a nice informative tour. At the dock they have a local band playing and they serve pineapple , Bananas and other local fruit and cold drinks. You then get into covered /comfortable boats holding about 16 people with a driver and guide. Boat is powered by two large outboard engines. The canals are part natural and part manmade.
We saw dozens of water fowl and birds, monkeys, sloths , beautiful flora , crocadiles
and all kinds of beautiful stuff. They have clean bathroom facilities at the beginning and end of the trip. Even if it rains you are fine , boat is covered. Bus back to the ship.
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