Panama Canal & Central America

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  • 15 Days
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  • 6 Guided Tours
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  • 7 Countries

San Jose (Puerto Limón), Costa Rica

Puerto Limón is the gateway to one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. In 1502, Christopher Columbus landed on the nearby island of Isla Uvita. Puerto Limón boasts a diversity of its own. Italian, Jamaican and Chinese residents descended from immigrants who came here to lay the railroad to San José in the late 19th century. Coffee exports from the highlands, and the later arrival of the United Fruit Company, helped to bolster the local economy. Today, a rich Afro-Caribbean heritage is prevalent, with many speaking a creole form of English, Limonese Creole.