Rainforest Skywalk
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The Pearl of the Pacific Ocean

On a fine sandy peninsula, 8 km long and an average width of 400 meters, Puntarenas, the "Pearl of the Pacific" can be found. During your MSC World Cruise, you will have the opportunity to visit this city, formerly the largest port in the country and now a busy place full of life, characterized by beautiful beaches and lush nature. One of the best excursions during your holiday in this land will be the Rainforest Skywalk, a combination of suspension bridges and trails through the rain forest to get you acquainted with one of the most complex ecosystems in the world made up of numerous native plant and animal species that can be observed directly in their natural habitat.

Puntarenas is also famous for another treasure: its coffee, known as "Grano de Oro". It is not only among the best and most appreciated across the planet, but it has played a key role in the development of Costa Rica, affecting social institutions, culture and politics in the country. Thanks to your MSC Cruise, you will have the chance to taste exceptional coffee in its land of origin, where its roots can be found in the late 1700s in this fertile land with a cool climate, and which even today is one of the main agricultural exports of the country .

Our cruise ship will also lead you on the discovery of San José, the capital city which is 115 km from Puntarenas. It is a must-see for its natural beauty, museums, historical sites and its characteristic streets markets. On its streets, you will find a cosmopolitan culture but one that is at the same time very close to roots. Surrounded by mountains and full of rivers and streams, San José is the icing on the cake of your vacation with MSC Cruises.

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    Costa Rica

    Suspended between two oceans
    Suspended between two oceans

    Hemmed in between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus, the diminutive republic of Costa Rica is often pictured as an oasis of political stability in the midst of a turbulent region.

    A cruise to Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to experience a democratic and prosperous nation which is also one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, an ecological treasure-trove whose wide range of habitats support a fascinating variety of wildlife, much of it now protected by an enlightened conservation system widely regarded as a model of its kind. Though this idyllic image might not do justice to the full complexities of contemporary Costa Rican society, it’s true that the country’s long democratic tradition and complete absence of military forces stand in sharp contrast to the brutal internal conflicts that have ravaged its neighbours.

    Most of all, though, it is Costa Rica’s outstanding natural beauty, and the wildlife that accompanies it, that has made it one of the world’s prime ecotourism destinations, with visitors flocking here to hike trails through ancient rainforest, peer into active volcanoes or explore the Americas’ last vestiges of high-altitude cloud forest, home to jaguars, spider monkeys and resplendent quetzals.