Do not take a trip to San Jose...especially if your in Puntaranes...much too far.. and if your in Puntaranes....hire a taxi to take you to Sarchi...and ask the driver if there is a butterfly farm nearby.. Also in Punteranas... at the dock is a large flea market.. there are some nice ittle items there, especially the shirts decorated from the Kuna Indians...not the usual ones with just a mola in front..
Im going on the Grand tour with Carnival I have heard wonderful stuff about it and most people who go on seem to enjoy it. You go through some of the lock in a small boat meet the Umbria Indians who perform a dance, and learn about a vanishing culture and way of life. I think the other 7 hour Canal tour would be boring too much engineering stuff , though you never know I thought I would be bored at the Hoover Dam and ended it thinking it was really cool. I am also going to the Sloth Sanctuary in Limon Costa Rica you can hug a sloth and get your photo taken with one, you see up to 350 different species of animals in a protected setting. Will post my reviews when I return. Only 2 days till I cruise!!!