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Cruising Article – 2012-09-20

Exploring the picturesque sites and lush rainforests of Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica, Panama Canal

Travelers who are in the mood to head to a tropical destination on their next vacation might want to consider a Princess Cruises itinerary through the Panama Canal. One city you'll want to venture to on your trip to Costa Rica is Limon, a hub of culture and exotic traditions.

The Sloth Sanctuary
If you have a soft spot in your heart for animals, The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica is a must-visit venue. This facility is dedicated to educating people on the natural history of these animals, while giving sloths a safe place to live when they are unable to return to the wild.

The Sloth Sanctuary offers Buttercup Tours on the hour at the sanctuary from the moment it opens at 8 a.m. During the tour, you'll be able to view the sloths' natural habitat up close as you pass through the Estrella River tributary.

Tortuguero National Park
The Tortuguero National Park is another must-see location while you're on your Princess Cruises vacation to Costa Rica. Here, you can take tours down the Tortuguero Canals that give you a glimpse into the emerald green rainforests of Costa Rica that are rarely seen. A wide variety of animals also call the area home, including crocodiles, migratory birds and river turtles.

San Jose Gold Museum
Another site worth visiting while on your cruise is the San Jose Gold Museum, which is home to gold pieces that date back to 500 A.D. At the facility, you’ll learn more about how gold was used hundreds of years ago by natives who inhabited the area. The museum has three floors where visitors can view various pieces of gold and get a better understanding of how it evolved over time.

Rainforest Aerial Tram
There's no better way to see the rainforest in all its glory than from above on an aerial tram. Travelers who have never been on an aerial tram before are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to see some of Costa Rica's lush green forests and its unique wildlife. A professional guide can get you up to speed on everything you need to know about this unforgettable conservation.