Here are 3 other tours that sort of interest me. I checked with Celebrity about taking 2 back to back tours (morning & afternoon) & they said it was possible. The only thing about doing that is that we probably miss lunch that day!
CR60 - Meet the Esparzans - 4 hour tour offered at 8 AM & 1 PM
- Drive along the beautiful pacific coast of Costa Rica and visit Orotina, known for its many fruit plantations and browse some truly exotic tropical fruits, such as caimitos (star apples), cashew fruits & its nuts, mangos, and many more amazing fruits. Continue on to Esparza where we will welcome you at the main park with its folkloric dances, music & fresh tropical fruits.
This tour is designed for those who would like to see the diverse and beautiful coastal countryside of Costa Rica with minimal walking. Board your a/c transportation and be driven to the town of Orotina, known for its many fruit plantations. Take the opportunity to interact with authentic friendly Costa Ricans at the Orotina farmers' market. Browse for some of the truly exotic tropical fruits, such as caimitos (star apples), cashew fruits & its nuts, mangos, and many more amazing fruits, most native to Costa Rica.
Continue on to Esparza, which is known as one of the most picturesque towns in Costa Rica's Central Pacific region.
The central park and its church are emblematic of Costa Rica's hardworking rural towns and will welcome you with its folkloric dances, live music & fresh tropical fruits for your delight. Local families of artisans will display their artful souvenirs so you can browse for gifts.
This scenic drive will definitely provide you with fond memories of genuine Costa Ricans and of your visit.
CR51 - Picturesque Sarchi - 5 hour tour offered at 1 PM
It was here in Sarchí that, more than a century ago, primitive local artists began painting and decorating their traditional oxcarts in intricate and colorful designs. At Sarchí you will see artisans painting a variety of woodcrafts. Souvenirs of all kinds and for all tastes are availalable.
Located in the west part of the Central Valley the scenic town of Sarchi is considered home of Costa Rica’s best craftsmanship. It was here in Sarchi, that more than a century ago, primitive local artists began painting and decorating their traditional oxcarts in intricate and colourful designs. There was spirited but good-nature competition among families to see who could create the most spectacular designs.
The sturdy vehicles, hauled by teams of oxen, soon became the primary mean of transportation throughout the nation, bumping over rough roads and trails, to carry elegantly dressed young ladies to festivals and dances in nearby villages. Today, the hand-painted Costa Rican oxcart art has evolved into a brilliantly executed form of native artistic expression. Visitors can find an immense variety of local wood products, ranging from elaborated hand-made furniture to inlaid boxes, trays and rare hardwood statuary.
In Sarchi, you will be able to see artisans painting a variety of woodcrafts. Leather goods and souvenirs of all kinds and for all tastes are available for purchase. Before going back to the ship, you will arrive at the little town of Grecia, famous for its historical metal church. A brief stop will be made to take a memorable picture. During this excursion, you will have the opportunity to stop at the Sarchi’s main square to take a memorable picture of the largest oxcart ever built.
CR24 - Puntarenas Coastal Orientation (Panoramic Scenic Drive - 3 hour, 15 min. tour offered at 8:45 AM
Costa Rica's topography is one of the world's most diverse - rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys, and riverbeds. Your tour starts at the town of Orotina's farmers' market, giving you a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Next head to Esparza, one of the most picturesque in the region, whose central park and church are emblematic of Costa Rica's hardworking rural towns. Next enjoy a drive down to sea level admiring the views as you go.
Costa Rica's topography is one of the world's most diverse. Rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys, and riverbeds are just part of the gorgeous landscape that make you think of one word: paradise.
Your sightseeing drive will start by heading south on the Coastal Highway to the town of Orotina. Upon arrival, your tour bus will stop at the farmers' market, giving you a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Here you can find many types of souvenirs including some truly exotic tropical fruits, such as caimitos (star apples), cashew fruits, cashew nuts, mangos, zapotes and many more amazing fruits, most endemic to Costa Rica.
After leaving Orotina you will continue to Esparza. This town has become one of the most picturesque in the Costa Rica's Central Pacific region. The central park and its church are emblematic of Costa Rica's hardworking rural towns.
You will continue your journey down to sea level, admiring the sweeping views that you will see as the most breathtaking sites of the day. The colorful homes along the way with large gardens and living fences grown with the most beautiful plants and trees will look like the decoration of Costa Rica's most beautiful countryside.
Would the drives on these tours be more interesting?