We booked this tour online one month prior to our cruise after reading the excellent reviews by other travellers. The owner of the tour - Eduardo Humphries - responded to my first email within 30 minutes of requesting information. Due to being a local company (and not paying kickbacks to the cruiseline) the tour guide has to meet you outside the cruise terminal. This is about a 10 minute walk from the ship. We (my wife, her aunt and uncle, and myself) met Eduardo outside and boarded a comfortable minivan with 15 other travellers. We were introduced to the driver ("Gatto") and proceeded on an excellent tour of the area. Eduardo speaks english fluently and is very knowledgeable about the area. We drove through the city and stopped at a fruit stand in the countryside. We proceeded to the zipline area - this is actually a little ranch club where you can also do horseback riding or nature trail walks. Now, this is the best part of the excursion - if people in your party do not want to zipline, the cost is only $45 per person for the entire excursion, otherwise add another $40 for the zipline (9 platforms, 7 stages). My wife and her uncle opted not to zipline. Her aunt and I boarded a shuttle that took us up to the first station. The entire zipline is approx 2kms long (1.2 miles). The first 5 stages average about 1300 feet long and about 250 feet above the ground. The last two about 700 ft and 80 feet. Excellent experience. One can buy refreshments and souvenirs back at the ranch club. We drove through the countryside through villages and banana plantations until we reached the Tortuguero Canals. We boarded a clean, well-maintained canal boat for an 1 1/2 hr tour through the canals, stopping frequently for upclose views of the different wildlife (birds, sloths, monkeys, small crocodiles, etc). We drove back to Puerto Limon along the shoreline and went to a nice restaurant that overlooked the city and bay - great view. Eduardo and Gatto were extremely accomodating - a young family that travelled with us but didn't want to wait at the restaurant were driven back to the ship while the rest of us had beer. When the rest of the passengers disembarked at the cruise terminal, I asked if there were any ATM's nearby and Gatto drove me to a local bank and back so that I did not have to walk through the town. The whole trip was about 7 hrs. Excellent tour!! Next time in Costa Rica we will definately book with YourLuckyTour again!!
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