We arrived in Costa Rice on Wednesday February 13 - Ed and I had signed up for a Bus, Boat and Train Tour. We had a little time so we wandered around a little outdoor market set up at the port and were really excited about the items for sale. They were by and large all made in country - not the same old same old stuff out of China. We wandered around for about an hour - it was hot and humid - got us a soft drink and then took our purchases back to the ship and ate a quick lunch on board and then we got on a bus and headed out of Limon into the countryside. Our tour guide spoke really good English and gave us lots of info about Costa Rica itself. It sounds like the average monthly wage is about $850 plus health insurance and housing!! They have to pay for the electricity and it sounds like that limits how much they spend on tv, computer etc.
on the bus heading to the banana plantation
It was a Del Monte plantation and very very interesting. Did you know that the banana tree is not a tree but a plant. It takes about 9 months to grow a bunch of bananas - from 175 to 200 bananas in each bunch. The put a blue plastic bag over each bunch to protect the bags, with pesticides to keep out bugs when they are just a little teensy bunch.
First thing we got to see was a Cayman!! For those of you who know as much as we did, a Cayman is a small crocodile. You can see him through the branches here.
Some of the birds we saw was a baby heron (did you know they are white for the first year), a snow egret, plus several others.
This is the center of a cacoa nut - they make chocolate out of this !!
We had a wonderful day - we got to see the big city of Limon, the jungles of Costa Rica, homes out in the country, lots of animals and birds and we got to eat fresh delicious fruits freshly picked. We noticed that EVERY home large and small had iron bars on every window and even concertina wire on all the fences. Interesting country - great day